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Best Practices

In these clips from Kimberly Heckart's 3rd grade class, we see students learn about child labor during the Industrial Revolution. In carefully sequenced activities, students analyze photos taken by Lewis Hine, consult secondary sources, and generate connections. FIND OUT MORE »

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Examples of Historical Thinking

Scholars, students, and teachers model historical thinking

Jackie Robinson with Martin Luther King Jr, and other prominent leaders

What connections do documents related to the Jackie Robinson Testimonial Dinner [...] »

Milk Tickets for Babies, in Place of Milk, created by Thomas Nast in 1876

Today, we accept paper—and electronic—money as a fact of life. [...] »

There is a flock of yellows birds above her head, HarpWeekly

Absolving the guilty and punishing the innocent. Historian Elizabeth Reis looks [...] »

John Brown

Chandra Manning discusses the song “John Brown's Body,” and how [...] »

Photo, Day 12.07 knowledge and understanding, July 12, 2009, frerieke, Flickr

Analyzing a source requires context for a more complete understanding. [...] »

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Teaching in Action

Teachers demonstrate promising teaching practices

Lithograph, "The people of these United States. . . ," 1864, Kellogg, LoC

This 8th-grade teacher shows how you can make primary and secondary source [...] »

Washington Crossing the Delaware. LOC

Elementary teacher Karen Eanes hooks her students with engaging historical [...] »

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Using Primary Sources

Strategies for analyzing primary sources

Photo, George Gaskell and Colm Muircheartaigh, c1980s, LSE Library

Quantitative data, although seemingly daunting and impersonal, can help you [...] »

Oil paint over lithograph, Our Banner in the Sky, 1861, Frederic Edwin Church, T

Integrate these two guides into your curriculum to help students develop visual [...] »

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Teaching with Textbooks

Techniques for promoting historical inquiry

Negative, "Sgt. John Clem, U.S.A.," 1855-1865, Library of Congress

Help students identify with the past via children who lived through the Civil [...] »

Negative, "Schoolroom. Concho, Arizona," Russell Lee, Oct. 1940, LoC

Make the most of your textbook—engage students in close reading and [...] »

Marginalia, CHNM

Show your students how to challenge the authority gap between the textbook and [...] »

Marginalia, CHNM

Turn your textbook into a conversation by scanning its language for biases. [...] »

Photography, Cooking with Kids class, 25 Jan 2008, Penn State, Flickr CC

Turn your students into 'master chefs' by using learning menus that allow [...] »

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