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Topic Index

Part of a larger effort to comprehensively catalog Columbia University's digital academic resources, this topic index uses Topic Map technology to correlate resources with these three teaching standards: National Center for History in the Schools Teaching Units (NCHS), National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) standards, and the College Board's AP U.S. History Topic Outline (APUSH).

Most learning resources in CAHO have been indexed to topics in the three educational standards. When you select a topic from one of the outlines (links to outlines can be found in the right-hand box on this page), you will be provided with all the resources that can help you teach that topic. If the topic has more specific sub-topics listed below it, selecting one of these may help you narrow the search for the right resource.

You may notice additional right-hand indices once you have selected a topic. "Historical Thinking" categories allow you to group clusters of resources according to the thinking skills they demonstrate or help reinforce. This way you can find material to help you teach a particular skill while teaching a standard topic. For example, you may wish to focus on using primary sources or exposure to scholarly analysis and interpretation. Please give us feedback on your experience with these categories of thinking skills, or if you have any suggestions for improvement.

"Resource Type" categories allow you to organize resources by media type, such as interactive tools, e-seminar pages, or text. As you become familiar with the various kinds of resources in CAHO, you may find it convenient to browse using this index. To begin, select an educational standard from the "Browse" menu, and then select from the outline of topics.
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