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historical inquiry and document analysis.

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engaging and rigorous.

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evidence-based, argument writing.

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practical, interactive, and sustained professional development.

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Teaching With DBQs Decreases Teachers’ Political Bias

by Beth Montgomery An article in the October 13, 2012 edition of the Economist Magazine addressed bias in textbooks (Economist.com/print).  It Ain’t Necessarily So raised an interesting reason to teach with primary and secondary documents:  doing so helps diminish the teachers’ bias and point of view in the classroom. It Ain’t Necessarily So explores the nationalistic bias in textbooks from...

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Content or Skills? That’s Not a Choice!

Teachers ask us all the time, “how can we teach writing and still make sure that students know about Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War?  We have standards to cover!” The extent to which a social studies teacher is a language arts teacher comes up frequently as discussions about the Common Core and other College-Ready reforms sweep the nation. We...

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Imali Kent Previews A Lesson from Elementary-Q’s Volume 1: Should Your Town Ban the Sale of Plastic Water Bottles?

    Should Your Town Ban the Sale of Plastic Water Bottles? is a great first unit to try in an elementary classroom.  This interdisciplinary argumentative prompt is a real-world topic and it is accessible because most students already have some background knowledge about plastics. Chances are, there might be some plastic water bottles lying around in their own homes...

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8 Interactive Features of DBQ Online, by Ava Armacost

I am a recent college graduate who has taken classes that use both print and online tools. With the tech tools that I remember enjoying, I engaged with the material more deeply than I did with a pencil and paper. These tools were fun, interactive, and intuitive.  My personal experience is not unique. In fact, recent studies have found that...

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