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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 Road to Pearl Harbor

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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 [...] »

English Language Learners

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Uncovering Human Agency
Photography, My Desk, 15 March 2006, Flickr CC

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Using Primary Sources with English Language Learners

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Teaching Guides

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Using Old Maps as Tools to Explore Our World

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Well-behaved Women [and Men] Seldom Make History

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Structured Academic Controversy (SAC)

Are classroom discussions about winning the argument or about understanding [...] »

Tramping Through History: Crafting Individual Field Trips

Go forth, and contextualize! Give students the opportunity for solo [...] »

Stating Your Case: Writing Thesis Statements Effectively

Thesis statements form the backbone of history essays and DBQs.

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Rubrics for Learning Menus
Screencap, Bringing History Home Student Learning Chart, 2 March 2012

Creating the perfect rubric is an impossible task. Creating a usable, easily [...] »