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Cloture Motion to Cease Debate on 1964 Civil Rights Bill

Students will gain a deeper understanding of legislative tactics like the filibuster when they study the featured document—the Senate motion that broke a 55-day filibuster against the Civil Rights Act.
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Data and Primary Source Documents for Social Studies Classrooms from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

Students will increase their understanding of past and current events through the Federal Reserve Economic Data website, where they can view and download original maps, charts, tables, graphs, and raw data.
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Political Civility in the Age of Reagan

The centennial of Ronald Reagan's birth offers an opportunity to engage students in lessons about the importance of political civility.

Keeping, Making, and Building Peace in School

The approaches to conflict management that our schools select can either encourage the deepening of democracy or reproduce social inequality.

Effective Strategies for Teaching Social Studies

This list of recommended websites includes websites on teaching methods and student achievement as well as sites that offer lesson plans and instructional strategies that exemplify these methods.

Using Community Cookbooks as Primary Sources

A close study of community cookbooks illustrates economic, cultural, and technological trends over time, such as shifts in food production, preparation, and consumption.

Free Markets, Government Intervention, and Homework Passes: An Economics Simulation for the History Classroom

Students gain a greater understanding of both free market and government-controlled economics when they are forced to consider the distribution of a scarce classroom resource.

Teaching about Racial Segregation in Postwar America using Black Like Me

The memoir of a white journalist who disguised himself as an African American in the pre-civil rights South provides students with greater insight into the evolution of segregation in American society.

An Approach to Integrating Writing Skills into the Social Studies Classroom

When teachers incorporate writing regularly in the social studies classroom, students not only become better prepared for reading and writing assessments, but gain a deeper comprehension of social studies content.

Draft of the U.S. Constitution (August 1787) and Schedule of the Compensation of the Senate of the United States (March 1791)

The two featured documents can serve as a starting point for a lesson on public service while students debate the amount of pay that public servants should receive.
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