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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 [...] »

Screencap, Highway, 5 Sept 2012, Early 20th century migration packet--title page

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

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Screen shot, Languages supported by google translate, 1 april 2011

Looking to translate documents or text? Google Translate can help. [...] »

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

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

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Marginalia, CHNM

Thesis statements form the backbone of history essays and DBQs. [...] »

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 [...] »

Ticket, Special lecture National geographic society. . . , 26 May 1915, LOC

Ticket stubs. Report cards. Photographs. All of these things have historical [...] »

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

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

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Negative, Powder monkey by gun..., 1864-1865, Library of Congress

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