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Teaching about Comparative Government

Educators will find the websites highlighted in this column useful for teaching about the history of government and government systems around the world.

Tampering with History: Adapting Primary Sources for Struggling Readers

Adapting sources for classroom use allows teachers to steer students toward authentic historical inquiry and away from a version of history determined exclusively by the textbook.

Living Democracy: How Constitution High School Molds Better Citizens

One school's experiment in social education illustrates what can happen when students are encouraged not only to study democracy, but to practice it.

The Chicago 8 Trial, 40 Years Later: A Case Study in Teaching U.S. v. Dellinger (1969)

A class reenactment of the Chicago 8 trial offers students a close look at the rights and restrictions of free speech and dissent in America.
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Letter about the School Lunch Program

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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Letters to the Editor

Editor's Notebook

The Coverage of the Holocaust in High School History Textbooks

Though coverage of the Holocaust has become standard in history textbooks, it is often superficial and fails to provide the groundwork for meaningful student inquiry into that devastating genocidal event.

In Pursuit of the Faerie Folk: Identity, Self-determination, and Multiculturalism in Louisiana

Creole culture is part of the fabric of America and an excellent topic for classrooms studying cultural diversity.

The Other September 11: Teaching about the 1973 Overthrow of Chilean President Salvador Allende

With the help of primary sources, teachers can give students the opportunity to reflect on the complexity and contradictions of U.S foreign policy by introducing them to Chile's September 11.

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