Resource of the Week: National Hist. Educ. Clearinghouse

Resource:      National History Education Clearinghouse

URL:                  http://teachinghistory.org/

 

Review by:    Amanda Gutierrez

Teachinghistory.org is a website funded by the U.S. Department of Education designed to help K-12 history educators’ access historical materials and online resources to enhance education in U.S. history classrooms. Teachinghistory.org includes a wide array of teaching materials, lesson plan reviews, and teaching guidelines and methods to effectively incorporate in the classroom setting. Many of the lesson plan reviews in this website explore historical events such as the different perspectives on what really happened on the first Thanksgiving, and analyzing historical photographs from the Civil War. This website also features multiple sources, as well as web links to the Library of Congress and other access to other historical online archives for the educator.

A unique feature incorporated in Teachinghistory.org is the different icons displayed on the main webpage where the user can icons such as, ask a historian, ask a master teacher, and ask a digital historian. For example, under the icon Ask a Historian, a question regarding the historical topic is provided, along with a full-length response from a historian who thoroughly investigated the historical topic or issue. This aspect of the website is both useful and fascinating because it provides a historical account and supplemental resource for the educator to use in the classroom. Under the icon titled Teaching Guide, other social studies educators present innovative ways to develop student’s historical and technical writing, critical reading skills, and developing historical thinking. Teachinghistory.org further offers suggestions for teachers to help students develop their historical thinking skills by featuring activities for teachers to do history in the classroom. For example, teaching historical ephemera and timelines are just a few ways for educators to enhance their history classrooms. This website is both innovative and well organized in fusing the historical content, analytic thinking, and scaffolding in U.S. history classrooms.

 

See our Archive of Past Resources of the Week.

 

Reviews of teaching resources are for informational purposes only and do not imply endorsement by the Center for History Teaching & Learning, the UTEP History Department, or the University of Texas at El Paso. Reviews are published during the academic year.

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