Spotlight on Elementary Education

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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Lesson Plan Reviews

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English Language Learners

Instructional strategies and resources for ELL
Reframing English Language Development
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Discover how to teach English learners history and historical thinking.

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Responding to English Learners’ Writing with the 3 P’s
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Teaching Guides

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Image, Squared Circles-Clocks, 25 Oct 2006, Leo Reynolds, Flickr CC

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Crop It

Use this four-step learning routine to deeply explore visual primary sources [...] »

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Setting the Tone: Introducing Students to World War II
Photo, Flowers for soldier in a tank, 1945, Nationaal Archief, Flickr Commons

Whichever lesson you pick, make sure it meets your learning goals.


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