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Considering the Move to Online Discussions

Bruce E. Larson
Teachers can use electronic boards as well as classroom discussion to help students consider opposing opinions, understand alternative viewpoints, and identify commonalities.


Lesson PlanNew England and the African Slave Trade

—Choices for the 21st Century Education Program, Brown University
Although many people in the United States think of slavery as a Southern institution, New England has a more complex history of slavery and slave trading than many realize.


The Shadow War

—Michelle Parrini and Charles F. Williams
A renewed U.S. government emphasis on espionage to guard against future terrorist attacks brings with it a host of legal challenges concerning the identification and exposure of covert agents and their legal rights.


In the Midst of Strange and Terrible Times: The New York City Draft Riots of 1863

Bárbara C. Cruz and Jennifer Marques Patterson
The riots that shook New York City more than a century ago can provide contemporary students a useful framework for studying such complex issues as race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and immigration.


Tinderbox: Economics, Immigration, and Education in a North Carolina Town

James A. Bryant, Jr.
One town’s experience of factory shutdowns and layoffs, coupled by an influx of immigrants, offers a rich opportunity to teach about the outsourcing of jobs while dispelling xenophobic myths and stereotypes.



The Importance of Financial Education Today

Alan Greenspan
Educators can help prevent young people from making poor decisions that have enduring consequences by providing students with a foundation of financial literacy.


Buttons to Bumper Stickers: Political Campaign Memorabilia

Lee Ann Potter
From George Washington to George W. Bush, politicians have used campaign memorabilia to capture the attention of voters. By studying these items, students can learn a great deal about historical issues and candidates.

Surfing the Net

Teaching Social Studies on a Shoestring Budget

S. Kay Gandy
Increased testing is forcing schools to prioritize reading and math, and very little funding is available for social studies. This creative teacher offers a variety of suggestions for teaching in the economically challenged classroom.

Looking at the Law

Becoming Global Citizens: Disadvantaged Students Reach Out to Kids in Hurricane-Ravaged Island

Lynnette B. Erickson, Sharon Black, and Daniel Seegmiller
Today, citizens around the world are searching for ways to help tsunami victims. Students can learn from one sixth grade class who aided peers in the Caribbean after a hurricane several years ago.



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