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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 [...] »

Photography, Short-Handled Hoe at Work, 1956, Leonard Nadel, Object of History W

History is imbedded in the smallest objects. In this lesson, students examine [...] »

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Photo, English club First meeting Dover Library, Sept. 13, 2010, RTLibrary

Build your students' language skills and historical understanding by using [...] »

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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Photo, [Man writing at a desk], New York Public Library Digital Gallery

A pen or pencil in your student's hand is an excellent tool for teaching [...] »

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

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

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

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

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

Transparency, Camouflage class. . . , 1943, Marjory Collins, Flickr Commons

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wood engraving, The African slave-trade, 1884, LOC

Slave badges were used in Charleston to keep track of slaves. Can you build a lesson for 4th graders around them? [...] »

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