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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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Photo, Angel Island, San Francisco, CA, July 26, 2008, elcapitan79, Flickr

Learn about the experiences of immigrants detained at Angel Island and how this [...] »

Watercolors, [View on the Erie Canal.], 1832, J.W. Hill, NYPL

Cutting through New York from the ocean to the Great Lakes, the Erie Canal [...] »

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Photography, My Desk, 15 March 2006, Flickr CC

Use this strategy to help students discover historic actors—the people, objects [...] »

A regimental fife-and-drum corps. Library of Congress 111-B-328.

Primary source analysis activities can help include English Language Learners [...] »

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Poster, "Ot mraka k svetu. . . ," 1917-1921, N. Kogut, NYPL

Documents are riddled with difficult vocabulary. Don't be afraid to adapt texts. [...] »

Marginalia, CHNM

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

Illustration, From Princess Badoura, 1913, Edmund Dulac, nocloo.com

Help your elementary school students get more out of historical biographies. [...] »

Photography, Flag Collage, 9 July 2011, Flickr CC

Discover the resources you need to "globalize" your U.S. history lesson plans! [...] »

Image, Squared Circles-Clocks, 25 Oct 2006, Leo Reynolds, Flickr CC

Construct an ongoing, shared classroom timeline in middle and elementary [...] »

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Cartoon, American Revolution Names, 5 August 2008, Jimmie, Flickr CC

Looking for a creative way to teach the American Revolution to struggling readers? Check this out! [...] »

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