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Teaching Materials

Teaching Guides

Help students reflect on the purpose of learning history and of education in [...] »

Ask a Master Teacher
Photo, Ice 049, March 23, 2010, wcn247, Flickr

Explore tips on challenging gifted high school students, including resources [...] »

History Content

Website Reviews
Photo, Band of 10th Veteran Reserve Corps, Washington, D.C., April, 1865, LoC.

Listen to an overview of popular brass band music from the Civil War era. [...] »

Beyond the Textbook
Postcard, Train Load of Cotton for Export, South, 1902-1903, NYPL

Did King Cotton cause the Civil War? Or should you look further?


Best Practices

Examples of Historical Thinking

Today, we accept paper—and electronic—money as a fact of life. Historian [...] »

Using Primary Sources
Negative, "Letters. Posting of letters III," c.1920-1950, Theodor Horydczak, LoC

Watch a scholar interpret letters from labor activist and reformer Sarah [...] »

History Quiz

Which tales of daring exploration do you believe?

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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! | [...] »