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4. How do historical records enhance learning and skill development?

Teaching with historical records is a pedagogically sound method to advance cognitive and affective learning, and to build skills. By clustering interpretive and analytical activities around historical records, teachers enhance their curriculum.

Example: If the U.S. Civil War is a curriculum component, activities using a letter, broadside, muster roll, photograph, piece of sheet music, or discharge paper (to name a few appropriate historical records) will advance studentsí knowledge of the Civil War while developing critical thinking skills.

When using historical records, students learn to:


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