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In this Lesson Plan Review, students analyze primary and secondary sources describing an encounter between the Lewis and Clark expedition and a Native American tribe. The lesson overall is a great way to encourage students to work collaboratively to analyze this important historical interaction from multiple perspectives. FIND OUT MORE »

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Chromolithograph, Battle of Antietam, Thure de Thulstrup, NYPL

You're a Union general on the eve of Antietam. You know Lee's plans. What will [...] »

Print, Assassination of President A. Lincoln, Library of Congress

Elementary students investigate the first presidential assassination and debate [...] »

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Bracero History Archive

Explore resources on the Bracero guest worker program from the mid-20th century. [...] »

Middle school student, VA

Use the three P’s (Preparation, Purpose, and Proficiency) to provide feedback [...] »

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Looking for ways to use fiction in your elementary history curriculum? Read on [...] »

Photo, The Worlds Greatest Detective, August 19, 2007, practicalowl, Flickr

Using the premise of a mystery, elementary students act as history detectives [...] »

Photo, Television, April 19, 2007, largeprime, Flickr, cc

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Lithograph, A so called president in petticoats, 1865, Library of Congress

Political cartoons are often conceptually complex, but offer valuable insights [...] »

Photography, Group of Native Americans, 1875-1878, Ober Brothers, NYPL

Teach students to explore contingency with this great lesson plan idea. [...] »

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Screenshot, America: The Story of US, History.com

Remember that any historical story, of the U.S. or otherwise, can be useful as long as it's taken with a grain of salt. [...] »

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