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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 [...] »

Engraving, The Bloody Massacre Perpetrated in King Street, Paul Revere, 1770

Help students think about where evidence for history comes from. [...] »

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illustration, Student Political Cartoon Example

Discover alternatives to writing based student activities. Why not encourage [...] »

The storming of Chapu[ltepec] Sept. 13th [1847]

Discover how to teach English learners history and historical thinking. [...] »

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Photo, "Mrs. Bryan," August 27, 2007, just sof, Flickr, creative commons

To engage with a source, ask, "What do I know, what do I want to know, and what [...] »

Photography, What Is Photography, 2 Nov 2009, Flickr CC

In order to understand topics, you must first understand concepts. Learn all [...] »

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

Teach your students to read like a historian with this guided four-step reading [...] »

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

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

Photography, Parade 1960, Flickr CC

Use this four-step learning routine to deeply explore visual primary sources. [...] »

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Photo, Promontory P.7, May 10, 1869, Utah State Historical Society

From Chinese immigrants to the Golden Spike, explore the history of the transcontinental railroad. [...] »

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