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Teaching Materials

Lesson Plan Reviews

Students learn about John F. Kennedy and his ideas about service as a prompt [...] »

Ask a Master Teacher
Photography, Fun to Learn, 5 March 2009, Carol VanHook, Flickr CC

Curious to discover how to introduce young learners to primary and secondary [...] »

History Content

Website Reviews
Helen Keller's writing, June 20th, 1887, American Foundation for the Blind

Present Helen Keller's story in more detail with photographs and historical [...] »

Website Reviews
Woodcut, This is the Model City, ca. 1930s, Richard Correll, Communism in WA...

Communist Russia. Communist China. Communist Washington?


Best Practices

Using Primary Sources
Photo, me & Jackie's antique shopping field trip, tray, 2010, Flickr

Use this guide developed by PBS and the Antiques Roadshow to teach [...] »

Using Primary Sources
Photo, Final Day, April 11, 2005, *styler, Flickr

National History Day identifies secondary sources along with [...] »

History Quiz

WWII Victory Gardens allowed citizens to raise food...and wage war!

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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! | [...] »