What role do maps play in history lessons?

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Like any primary or secondary source, maps represent a certain historical point of view or interpretation. Teachers provide explanation and context on a broad range of viewpoints for these resources by teaching students to 1) be critical discerners of information presented as “fact,” 2) be aware of the different concerns shaping various points of view, 3) pay attention to the way choices of language, or even choices as to what is included or excluded, connote meaning and can be important contextual information.