Social Education

Resolution and Letter to Congress from the Constitutional Convention (Teaching With Documents)


Lee Ann Potter
The U.S. Constitution is one of the most influential and most enduring constitutions in the world. Two little-known documents from the Constitutional Convention shed light on the Constitution's evolution.

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The Art and Science of Diplomacy: A World War I Activity


James J. Sheehan
This simulation of events leading up to World War I helps students understand the role of diplomats in managing international crises.

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Letter in Support of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 (Teaching with Documents)


--Lee Ann Potter
Progress and development has sometimes led to the destruction of landmarks. The featured document highlights the struggle to preserve historic sites and leads students to consider the value of their own community’s landmarks.

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The Dropping of Atomic Bombs on Japan


Thomas Holmes
As the 60th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki draws near, a classroom teacher shares four approaches to exploring this momentous event with students.

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Using Art to Teach History to Young Learners (Elementary Education)


—Lois McFadyen Christensen
This lesson plan offers elementary students the opportunity to learn about the civil rights movement through the memory-inspired paintings of folk artist and voting rights activist Bernice Sims.

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Exploring 350 Years of Jewish American History on the Internet


Michael J. Berson and Bárbara C. Cruz
For teachers who want to explore the rich history of Jewish involvement in the country’s social fabric, development, and politics, this article provides significant online and print resources.

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May Madness! A Classroom Competition Merges Historical Research with Public Debate


—Isaac Cosby Hunt III
In this end-of-the-year project, AP U.S. history students wage a competitive battle to determine the most significant American of the twentieth century.

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Documents in the Digital Age (Teaching with Documents)


Lee Ann Potter
As more and more documents exist only in digital form, archivists and historians are faced with new challenges: preserving and providing access to computer-readable historical records [such as WWII Army Enlistment Records and Records about Japanese American Relocation].

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Constitution Day: Start the School Year with Civics (Lesson Plan)


—Eli J. Lesser
This Constitution Day lesson plan looks at the influence of specific thinkers and their writings on the Constitution.

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The Stock Market Crashes of 1929 and 1987: Linking History and Personal Finance Education


Jane S. Lopus
By tapping into students’ curiosity about the stock market, teachers can motivate them to learn many important personal finance concepts.

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