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History Matters


Found in: social studies, 9-12

History Matters: The U.S. Survey Course on the Web offers teaching materials, first-person primary documents, and guides to analyzing historical evidence for high school social studies and history teachers and students. An annotated list of features can be found under More About History Matters.

Many Pasts is an annotated and chronological list of primary documents (text, image, and audio) about the experiences of ordinary Americans. Annotations explain historical significance and provide context. The resources can be browsed or Searched.

Making Sense of Evidence is in two parts. Making Sense of Documents has strategies for analyzing the website’s primary sources. It includes interactive exercises and a guide to traditional and online sources. Scholars in Action provides documents for students to analyze. Each document also includes a series of audio clips of a scholar’s interpretation.

Digital Blackboard is a source of Web-based assignments from History Matters, Library of Congress, and the National Archives. Browse the chronological list or Search. Teachers who wish to submit a lesson should read the Submission Guidelines.

Puzzled by the Past  is an archive of historical puzzles and quizzes to inspire creative thinking and challenge assumptions. Patently Absurd, for example, asks students to determine the function of six devices illustrated by patent drawings.

Secrets of Great History Teachers is a collection of interviews with seventeen distinguished teachers who share their strategies and techniques.

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