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General US History

A Pocketful of History

--Sherry L. Field and Linda D. Labbo
Read a biography. Then examine "pocket contents." In Lincoln's vest pocket? A draft for a speech, theater tickets, and a photograph of his family, among other items. "Artifacts" are suggested for the pockets of Benito Juarez (president of Mexico), Grandma Moses (artist), Mary McLeod Bethune (black educator), and others.

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Nannie Helen Burroughs and Institution Building: Reclaiming the History of Black Women in the Social Studies Curriculum

Studying the school for young Black women founded by Nannie Burroughs can launch an engaging discussion on institution building as a tool for social justice.

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The Status of Black History in U.S. Schools and Society

This special issue offers approaches for improving the teaching of Black history.

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Teaching About Elections During a Presidential Election Year

Pull-out from Social Studies and the Young Learner. Includes list of children's books about elections. 

 

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Was the Constitution Pro-Slavery? The Changing views of Frederick Douglas

We Shall Overcome! Two Films about Selma

--David Wolfford Two recent films present powerful portrayals of the struggle for voting rights in America. http://www.socialstudies.org/sites/default/files/publications/se/7906/79...
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How Did the Industrial Revolution Move People?

--New York State Social Studies Toolkit Inquiry This high school inquiry explores the major population shifts and the social and economic transformations fueled by the Industrial Revolution. http://www.socialstudies.org/sites/default/files/publications/se/7906/79...
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The New York State Toolkit and the Inquiry Design Model: Anatomy of an Inquiry

--Kathy Swan, John Lee, and S.G. Grant The Uncle Tom’s Cabin inquiry illustrates the Inquiry Design Model structure as students examine Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel to explore how words can affect public opinion. http://www.socialstudies.org/sites/default/files/publications/se/7906/79...
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Slavery and its Legacies: Marking the Sesquicentennial of the Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (Lessons on the Law)

--Ana Lucia Araujo A close look at the struggle to pass the 13th Amendment will ignite a stimulating classroom debate on the legacies of slavery that persist today. http://www.socialstudies.org/sites/default/files/publications/se/7906/79...
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Take the Journey: Historic Place-Based Service Learning Projects

--James A. Percoco Place-based service-learning projects connect young people with the past in ways that can range from producing mini movies of a historic site to planting a tree geo-tagged with a Civil War soldier’s life story. http://www.socialstudies.org/sites/default/files/publications/se/7905/79...
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