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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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What pushes and pulls people into new ways of life? In this lesson, students [...] »

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Even the recent past was very different from the present. Students analyze [...] »

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

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Photography, Desk at School, 3 March 2009, Flickr CC

Research papers are not an archaic form of assessment. Learn how to help your [...] »

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

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

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

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

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

Chicago Daily News negatives collection, DN-0086141. Chicago History Mus.

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In the last 10 years, some major changes in history teaching have taken place. [...] »

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