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Teaching about U.S. Climate Policy and the 2009 Copenhagen Conference

This list of recommended sites offers resources and lesson plans for teaching about the climate change conference in Denmark and the cap and trade system.

The Guide on the Stage: In Defense of Good Lecturing in the History Classroom

Interactive lectures require a strong familiarity with the content being taught and compel students to actively engage the material.

Social Studies for English Language Learners:Teaching Social Studies that Matters

As the number of English language learners continues to rise, four key principles will help teachers ensure a valuable social studies education.

Supreme Court Review

The Supreme Court term opens with its first Hispanic justice and a list of highlights that includes two high-profile First Amendment cases and an important property rights case.
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Letter to the Senate Banking Committee about Wall Street Reform Legislation during the New Deal

The featured document on federal aid for school lunches and the accompanying essay on the School Lunch Act provide students with a unique chance to study the role of government.
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Lesson Plan on Afghanistan

During this nine-day unit, high school students consider evidence from a variety of primary and secondary sources to determine the best policy for the United States and NATO on Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Teaching about Same-Sex Marriage as a Policy and Constitutional Issue

Engaging secondary students in policy and constitutional questions related to same-sex marriage promotes the skills and content that advance a democratic education.

Rapping the 27 Amendments to the Constitution

Students bring the Constitution to life by summarizing the amendments in their own words and composing a rap song.

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.


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