Simone Schweber Where students once viewed the Holocaust with awe, some now seem to trivialize it. The author reflects on the commodification of the Holocaust, teaching approaches, and current politics.
Christine Blackerby Most students who learn how a bill becomes a law never actually see a law. This article highlights three documents that trace one bills journeyfor a holiday to honor the nations veteransto becoming a law.
Linda Bennett and Julie Fessenden Online activities, such as writing letters to political leaders or communicating with an expert on a community issue, offer students the opportunity to improve their writing skills while advancing civic engagement.
Phillip J. VanFossen and Lisa C. Herman-Ellison Students tend to be more engaged while working on web-based lessons than worksheets or textbooks. Websites such as EconEdLink can help teachers advance economic education.
Lee Ann Potter A one-sentence letter from school boy Anthony Ferreira to President Ford stating, &I think you are half right and half wrong & is one of several primary sources featured in this article that highlight for students the value of responsible citizenship.
Joseph O Brien, Aaron Grill, Stacia Schwarz, and Jennifer Schlicht The fast-paced nature of the news world can make it difficult to understand the issues that underlie the headlines. The Tracker interent site enables students to learn about underlying issues as they follow and research current events.
National Council on Economic Education, New York An unregulated banking system in the nineteenth century contributed to a string of severe money panics. A short play in this lesson plan helps students understand why this happened and how todays Federal Reserve System protects against panics.
Maria Elena Sardinas The We the People program has taught countless students how to monitor and influence public policy. In Miami, students considered tax exemptions to spur economic growth, stronger driving license regulations for seniors, and a sales tax to fund public schools.
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