General US History
Congress Investigates: Pearl Harbor and 9/11 Congressional Hearing Exhibits (Teaching with Documents)Submitted by Jennifer Bauduy on Tue, 10/04/2011 - 3:18pm
The study of the two featured documents will illustrate for students the importance of Congress’s power to investigate as part of a system of checks and balances established by the Founders.
--Jeremy D. Stoddard and Meg Hoffman
Three activities described here engage the creativity of at-risk students by incorporating mini-camcorders into the study of the American Revolution, Civil War, and Post-Reconstruction.
Wikipedia can provide useful facts for a summary report, but the anonymity and quantity of authors is problematic for historical research.
Rather than battle Wikipedia’s stronghold in students’ lives, teachers should seize the opportunity to teach students how to read Wikipedia through a critical lens.
A Supreme Court decision banning illegally obtained evidence in federal court serves as a point of entry for the study of search warrants and the Fourth Amendment.
--Cynthia Williams Resor
A close study of community cookbooks illustrates economic, cultural, and technological trends over time, such as shifts in food production, preparation, and consumption.
--Lee Ann Potter
Students will gain a deeper understanding of legislative tactics like the filibuster when they study the featured document—the Senate motion that broke a 55-day filibuster against the Civil Rights Act.
The earliest American leaders upheld basic protections for civilians, prisoners of war, and sick and injured combatants. Such principles can serve as a guide today as we address difficult questions like the treatment of detainees and the issue of torture.
--Lauren Woglom and Kim Pennington
By studying moments in history where bystanders made a difference, teachers can motivate students to think critically in the face of social dilemmas.
--Charles F. Williams and Catherine Hawke
Recent Supreme Court decisions generated surprising controversy, from gun control to First Amendment issues. In 2011, the Court will weigh in on cases dealing with the hiring of illegal immigrants, protests at soldiers’ funerals, and selling violent video games.