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Teaching Materials

Lesson Plan Reviews

How geography influenced interactions among Lewis, Clark, & Native [...] »

Ask a Master Teacher
Photography, Musical Instruments, 2005, Flickr CC

Looking for a way to spice up your lesson plans? Try incorporating folk [...] »

History Content

Website Reviews
Painting, Evacuation of San Francisco by Sea, 1906-36, William Alexander Coulter

Learn about the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire, how it destroyed the [...] »

Website Reviews
Negative, Boy with pigeons. . . , 1935, Sam Hood, Flickr Commons

Imagine what it might have been like growing up over 100 years ago.


Best Practices

Examples of Historical Thinking
Photo, Day 12.07 knowledge and understanding, July 12, 2009, frerieke, Flickr

Analyzing a source requires context for a more complete understanding.


Examples of Historical Thinking

Absolving the guilty and punishing the innocent. Historian Elizabeth Reis [...] »

History Quiz

You know the Purple Heart, but can you identify these honors?

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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! | [...] »