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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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Map, Chinese map of the world, discovered by Lui Gang in 2005, 1763, Wikipedia

Did the Chinese discover America before Columbus? How would or does this impact [...] »

Print, A Chinese Family, Detroit Photographic Co., 1898-1905, LoC

Very few of us have ancestors who were not immigrants. Bring the topic of [...] »

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The Prayer at Valley Forge by Arnold Friberg

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Photo, Year 3~Day 106 +77/365 AND Day 837: U.S. History, Old Shoe Woman, Flickr

Paraphrasing and summarizing exercises help ELL students improve at analyzing [...] »

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Marginalia, CHNM

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

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

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

Digital, Washington Township H.S.M. Formerly the German Valley School, 1830

Engage your students in preserving local history! Use this teacher's successful [...] »

Photo, Candid Camera, 1939-1940, New York Public Library

Go forth, and contextualize! Give students the opportunity for solo connection [...] »

Gelatin silver print, Children in free public library, 1900-1937, Lewis Wickes H

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Color print, Insurance Ad, Boy in Bed, Nickolas Muray, 1935

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