6-8 Resources

Pre-1865

Constitution Day 2010
Photo, recommended reading, March 18, 2008, neon.mamacita, Flickr

Explore these online Constitution Day resources for September 17 and[...] »

Civil War's Causes: Historians Largely United on Slavery, But Public Divided
Albumen print on carte-de-visite, Civil War Union officers in tent, 1862, Flickr

Major historic events are always shrouded in controversy. Check out this[...] »

Post-1865

What Does It Mean to Be an American?

An 8th-grade teacher asks: Was early 20th-century America a "melting pot" or[...] »

Coal and the Industrial Revolution
Photo, At the close of the day, January 1911, Lewis Hine, Library of Congress

How can the story of coal help students understand the nature of today's[...] »

Classroom Tools

Historical Thinking & Literacy

Deciphering Primary Source Documents
Letter, Handwritten letter signed by Victor Séjour, Victor Séjour, NYPL Digital

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

Using Technology

Integrating Technology into the Classroom
Photo, "Flat Classroom Skype," superkimbo in BKK, November 29, 2008, Flickr

Upgrade to "school 2.0" through making the most of technological resources[...] »