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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.

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The Debate in the United States over the League of Nations

Documents and audio files explain the range of early political viewpoints on [...] »

Evaluating the Validity of Information

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English Language Learners

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Increasing Participation in Whole-Class Discussions

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Targeting Content and English Language Objectives
Photo, English club First meeting Dover Library, Sept. 13, 2010, RTLibrary

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The Research Paper: Developing Historical Questions

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Stop Action and Assess Alternatives

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

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Truth in Transit: Crafting Meaningful Field Trips

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Writing to Learn History: Annotations and Mini-Writes

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Historical Agency in History Book Sets (HBS)

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Constructivism: Actively Building Knowledge
Photoprint, Making a sandman, 1964, Ozzie Sweet, Flickr Commons

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