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Learning from a Bike Trip

Each year, seventh and eighth-grade students in a Milwaukee-area school culminate a unit on map reading by planning and carrying out a 25-mile bike ride that develops skills in social studies, science, math, and reading.

The Meaning of Memory: Establishing the Martin Luther King, Jr., Holiday

Some memorable days in our nation's history are declared holidays, while others are considered days of remembrance. This article explores the process of establishing a holiday to commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr.

Citizenship Education: The Goal Of Education

The highlighted websites offer lesson plans and classroom activities to advance the skills needed in a participatory democracy.

Using YouTube to Teach Presidential Election Propaganda: Twelve Representative Videos

Teachers can use this selection of campaign ads to help students analyze various aspects of political propaganda.

Mexico: Democracy and the Future

Even as Mexico undergoes a transition from historic one-party rule, important challenges to democracy remain.
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Should Social Studies Be Patriotic?

The author explores two different approaches to teaching patriotism: One that advocates loyalty to a centralized leader or group; and another that promotes commitment to the principles that underlie democracy.

Bridge to the Future: Franklin Roosevelt's Speech at the Dedication of the Triborough Bridge

The featured document from FDR's speech inaugurating the Triborough Bridge provides an entry point for the study of New Deal programs and discussion of the government's role in planning, funding, and creating infrastructure.
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Editor's Notebook

Ten Top Films for Teaching About China Today

This recommended list of films offers teachers a wealth of resources for engaging students with contemporary China.

Teaching About Ethnicities in China

The study of China's ethnic minorities presents students with an opportunity to examine questions of identity as well as civil and human rights.


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