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Piquing Student Curiosity with Title Pages from Works by Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau (Sources and Strategies)

--Lee Ann Potter
The title pages of three books from the Enlightenment provide excellent points of entry for student research into the origins of ideas in the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/se/7704/7704168.pdf

Mud, Blood, and Bullet Holes: Teaching History with War Letters

--Andrew Carroll
From handwritten letters of the American Revolution to typed emails from Iraq and Afghanistan, correspondence from U.S. troops offers students deep insight into the specific conflicts and experiences of soldiers.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/se/7705/7705235.pdf

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Broadening Student Understanding of Wartime Experience through Original Works of Art and Personal Accounts (Sources and Strategies)

--Lee Ann Potter
The featured sketches from a Navy veteran can serve as an entry point into a lesson on World War II and D-Day.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/se/7705/7705228.pdf

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Helping Students Visualize the Process of Change with Historic Images (Sources and Strategies)

--Stephen Wesson and Cheryl Lederle

The featured photographs by Lewis Hine can help launch a lesson about child labor reform and demonstrate how public debate can fuel legislative action.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/se/7706/7706292.pdf

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Spielberg’s Lincoln Defines the President’s Emancipation Legacy

--David Wolfford
The film Lincoln spotlights Abraham Lincoln’s character and leadership and raises questions about the legislative process that enabled politicians to pass the Thirteenth Amendment that abolished slavery.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications//se/7701/77011344...

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500 Years of Spanish Exploration and Settlement: Children’s Literature

--Jason L. O’Brien and Wolfram Verlaan
Literature provides an ideal vehicle for guiding students beyond conventional accounts for a more profound exploration of Spanish influence in the Americas.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications//se/7701/77011328...

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Operation Pedro Pan: The Flight to Neverland for 14,000 Cuban Children

--Bárbara C. Cruz
Learning about the 1960s exodus of Cuban children to the United States can engage K-12 students in the study of immigration and U.S.-Cuba issues. A sidebar by Mario Minichino offers mapping activities, guided imagery, and other teaching suggestions.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications//se/7701/77011323...

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Borderlands of the Southwest: An Exercise in Geographical History

--Stephen J. Thornton
Standard accounts of U.S. history present a chronology of events that begins in the East and moves west. An alternative approach traces Spanish exploration and settlement in what is now the American Southwest.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications//se/7701/77011319...

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Charting the Land of Flowers: Exploration and Mapmaking in Spanish Florida

--Rodney Kite-Powell
Two key maps that show the “known world” from the European perspective before Christopher Columbus’s voyages illustrate the knowledge of intellectuals of that period and reveal tales of exploration, conflict, and change.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications//se/7701/77011314...

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Beyond La Niña, La Pinta, and La Santa María: The Invention and Mental Mapping of the New World

--Luis Martínez Fernández
Approaching the encounter between Europe and the Americas as an intellectual rather than a physical discovery enables students to go beyond memorization to gain an understanding of Medieval and Renaissance ways of acquiring knowledge.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications//se/7701/77011307...

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