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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 [...] »

Globe, North America, 30 April 2007, Flickr CC

Young students locate themselves on a map and explore spatial relationships [...] »

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Photography, Class Discussion, 8 March 2007, Easten Law, Flickr CC

English Language Learners often have difficulty contributing to class [...] »

Photographic print, Washington, D.C. public school classroom scenes - 1st Divisi

Students shy or hesitant to speak up? Check out these tips to get students [...] »

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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 [...] »

Marginalia, CHNM

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

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, "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 [...] »

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

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

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chromolithograph, Trying to drag him from his altar and his idol, 1901 August 28

Students are often disconnected from the past. Why not immerse them in historic study by building off things they already know? [...] »

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