World War II

Mud, Blood, and Bullet Holes: Teaching History with War Letters


--Andrew Carroll
From handwritten letters of the American Revolution to typed emails from Iraq and Afghanistan, correspondence from U.S. troops offers students deep insight into the specific conflicts and experiences of soldiers.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/se/7705/7705235.pdf

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Broadening Student Understanding of Wartime Experience through Original Works of Art and Personal Accounts (Sources and Strategies)


--Lee Ann Potter
The featured sketches from a Navy veteran can serve as an entry point into a lesson on World War II and D-Day.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/se/7705/7705228.pdf

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Changing Faces: Your State Hero in the U.S. Capitol


--Dennis Denenberg
Each state has a statue of one of its notable citizens displayed in the U.S. Capitol. Learn about this collection, read your state hero's biography, and/or propose a new hero!

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Uncovering Immigrants’ Stories: It All Begins With Picture Books


--Andrea S. Libresco, Jeannette Balantic, and Jonie C. Kipling
To deepen students' thinking about immigration, the authors designed a gallery walk activity and an oral history interview that build upon the reading of children's literature.

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Teaching Difficult Topics with Primary Sources


--Lee Ann Potter
The featured documents illustrate the value of primary sources as points of entry into challenging subjects.
* http://publications.socialstudies.org/se/7506/7506284.pdf

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Eleanor Roosevelt and Civil Rights


--Toni Fuss Kirkwood-Tucker
Eleanor Roosevelt’s fearless advocacy of the rights of African Americans, and the public controversy this created, offer students an excellent window into the society and politics of the United States during the 1930s and 1940s.
* http://publications.socialstudies.org/se/7505/750511245.pdf

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Congress Investigates: Pearl Harbor and 9/11 Congressional Hearing Exhibits (Teaching with Documents)


--Christine Blackerby
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.
* http://publications.socialstudies.org/se/7504/7504175.pdf

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Turn Out Those Lights! The Merchant Marine and U-Boat Lane, 1942


--Caroline C. Sheffield and Andrew J. Nichols
As an editorial cartoonist, Dr. Seuss alerted his readers to German submarine attacks along the east coast of the United States in May 1942. Student handouts provide 3 cartoons, charts that tally lost ships, and lyrics to a folk song about the Merchant Marine.

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