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Who Were the Savages? Historical Perspective and the Indian Wars

Explore an inquiry-based unit creating museum exhibits on Indian Removal/Dakota-Sioux Wars. Student-created exhibits drew on differing and contradictory sources to reflect multiple perspectives on this controversial era.

When 2nd Meets 7th: A Collaborative Approach to Immigration

Discover how a cross-grade partnership can motivate and engage students. Walk away with examples and templates to create your own partnership unit.

What's Your Story? Discovering Your Local History through Primary Sources

Local history is more compelling for students than textbook history. Get students fired up about their own history by using local primary sources. Let us show you how.

What Would YOU Do? Social Justice Lesson, Birmingham Children's Crusade

Hear from the daughter of a civil rights activist about Kids in Birmingham 1963. Leave with a lesson plan to help students reflect on their willingness to stand for justice.

Visualizing Historical Events: Preservice Teachers Bring History Alive

History is boring! No it isn't!! Preservice teachers strategize ways to bring history alive, through inquiry, discussions, and new perspectives, which engage and motivate student learning.

VBQs: The Video-Based Question Activity

Video-Based Questions uses Google forms and video/media to engage learners and allows students to control the pace of their learning.

Using Critical Race Theory to Teach the US History Curriculum

Learn how to use the principles of Critical Race Theory to better teach about race, racial formation, and/or racism in all historical periods of the secondary US History curriculum.

Through Chinatown's Eyes: Racial Identity during Washington, DC's 1968 Riots

Filmmaker Penny Lee's documentary reveals how Chinese Americans, neither black nor white, saw their lives and neighborhoods threatened and transformed by rioting that rocked Chinatown following Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination.
See Resources for this Session Through Chinatown's Eyes, April 1968
See Resources for this Session Through Chinatown's Eyes, April 1968

Missing Pieces of Evidence? History as Inquiry

What happened to Aaron? What is the Exeter family doing? Explore what happens when there are missing pieces of evidence. Discover some mysteries of history!

Liberty and Equality: Voting Rights, Women, and the Nineteenth Amendment

Join the Bill of Rights Institute for a student-friendly lesson demonstration focused on using primary sources to analyze women's struggle for liberty and equality during the Suffrage movement.

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