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Teaching Materials

Teaching Guides

Help your elementary school students get more out of historical biographies [...] »

Ask a Master Teacher
Letter, Handwritten letter signed by Victor Séjour, Victor Séjour, NYPL Digital

Create scaffolding and careful preparation of documents to promote student [...] »

History Content

Website Reviews
Photograph, Harry and Beatrice Houdini with the Welsh..., 1895, McManus-Young.

Follows the development of popular entertainment forms from the 1870s to the [...] »

Website Reviews
Serigraph, Nine Inch Nails, 1994, Frank Kozik, Smithsonian American Art Museum

Explore 20th century American poster art, from advertisements to patriotic [...] »

Best Practices

Teaching in Action

Did two bullets begin WWI? Explore causation in your classroom.


Teaching in Action

Teacher Eva La Mar's third graders become historians, writers, and [...] »

History Quiz

Binders, buses, and backpacks—consider the history of these back-to-school basics.

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Digital Classroom

Chronozoom is a dynamic timeline tool that presents large scale timelines in a creative way.

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Thinking Like Historians

Interactive Historical Thinking Poster (Elementary)
Historical Thinking Poster Elementary
Find strategies, quizzes, and lessons for teaching historical thinking in your classroom. | [...] »
Interactive Historical Thinking Poster (Secondary)
Historical Thinking Poster Elementary
Find strategies, quizzes, and lessons for teaching historical thinking in your classroom. | [...] »
Civil War Interactive Poster
Historical Thinking Poster Elementary
Get students thinking like historians as they learn about the Civil War! | [...] »