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A Busy Teacher's History Toolkit

Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Teachinghistory.org can help you find free, quality history content, teaching materials, and best practices for U.S. history education. Watch our What is Historical Thinking? video to see how we approach studying the past.

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Elementary

VoiceThread in a 1st-Grade Classroom

Think that your students are too young to use digital tools? Watch as first-graders in Jennifer Orr’s class record stories about Ben Franklin and George Washington using VoiceThread, a tool recommended by the American Association of School Librarians. Watch here.

 

Middle

Michael Yell on Making Every History Lecture Engaging

Is “lecture” a bad word? Most students might think so, but not the kind of lecture middle school teacher Michael Yell proposes! Learn Yell’s strategies for making a lecture interactive such as visual hooks, cooperative learning ideas, quick writes, and more! Learn how.

 

High

Stating Your Case: Writing Effective Thesis Statements

Looking for ways to help your students write more compelling thesis statements? Use this guide to teach students what thesis statements are and how to use them effectively in writing Document Based Questions (DBQs), research papers, and other essays. Learn more.

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Tech for Teachers

Dr. Seuss Went to War: A Catalogue of Political Cartoons

Did you know that Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel), the author of the childhood classic Green Eggs and Ham, also created political cartoons? Explore this UC San Diego collection of more than 400 Seuss cartoons, drawn for the magazine PM between 1941 and 1943. The cartoons address a range of issues related to World War II. Learn more.

 

Digital Classroom

Teaching with technology — everyone is talking about it, but what does it mean for your classroom? Whether you are a digital native or new to using technology, find free resources, strategies, ideas, and examples of successful practice in Teachinghistory.org’s Digital Classroom. Watch here.

 
       


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