--Kim E. Barbieri
A well-designed graphic organizer combined with original documents can help students tackle issues of racism, segregation, and civil unrest.
Memory of a Nation: Effectively Using Artworks to Teach about the Assassination of President John F. KennedySubmitted by Jennifer Bauduy on Thu, 01/19/2012 - 12:06pm
--Elizabeth K. Eder
Artwork, such as the featured pieces related to the Kennedy assassination, can teach students both content and core historical thinking skills.
“I Didn’t Raise My Boy to Be a Soldier:” Ideas and Strategies for Using Music from the National Jukebox to Teach Difficult Topics in HistorySubmitted by Jennifer Bauduy on Thu, 01/19/2012 - 12:03pm
--Stacie Moats and Stephanie Poxon
As a favored outlet for self-expression, music is a valuable classroom resource for addressing complex topics such as different perspectives on war.
--Lee Ann Potter
The featured documents illustrate the value of primary sources as points of entry into challenging subjects.
--Toni Fuss Kirkwood-Tucker
Eleanor Roosevelt’s fearless advocacy of the rights of African Americans, and the public controversy this created, offer students an excellent window into the society and politics of the United States during the 1930s and 1940s.
--Robert Cohen and Janelle Pearson
The featured letter from an emancipated slave to his former master illuminates the historical transition from slavery to freedom and is an excellent resource for classes in both history and literature.
The NCSS Publications archives and a number of educational websites offer excellent lesson plans that can help teachers prepare for Constitution Day.
--Alan S. Marcus
The author examines The Conspirator—a film about the trial of Mary Surratt and the plot to murder President Lincoln—and outlines four key questions to guide teachers when using historical film in the classroom.
--Robert A. Waterson and Mary E. Haas
The present from the Maasai people to the American people described in a picture book offers an ideal opportunity for teaching young students about 9/11 in a manner that highlights global citizenship and compassion.
--The Choices Program, Brown University
Ten years after 9/11, the United States is still fighting a war in Afghanistan against the Taliban. This article details key issues and events including the rise of the Taliban and the emergence of Osama bin Laden as a global terrorist figure.