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Maps vs Mapping: Visualizing History and Geography

Interactive mapping techniques invite students to connect with content to visualize information beyond mere location. Mapping challenges learners to think, develop literacy skills, and understand the complexity global issues.

TalkNCSS: DC Social Studies Teachers Leading Teachers

One of the biggest issues educators point to with the way states and the federal governments make policy decisions is the lack of teacher input in crafting those decisions. Furthermore, most teachers believe that there is a clear disconnect between the “powers that be” and their classrooms. For a group of D.C. public school teachers, leading their colleagues has become a priority not because they want to clarify policy, but because they know it will lead to better instruction and to a better education for their students. In doing so, they're proving that teacher leaders don't wait for a set of directives to act, but instead act because they know their work is right course of action.

From the Past to the Present: Taking Informed Action

Dimension 4 of the C3 framework requires that students take informed action. Learn how to take students from inquiry to active citizenship by helping them connect historical events to current events, and then take informed action.

"Bound Together" Slavery Exhibit (Mount Vernon)

The newest exhibit from George Washington's Mount Vernon is online, and worth a visit. "Lives Bound Together" explores the personal stories of the people enslaved at Mount Vernon and George Washington's evolving opinions about slavery. 
http://www.mountvernon.org/george-washington/slavery
Invite students to also explore the various tabs at this webpage, which include:

10 Facts About George Washington & Slavery

Egypt's Treasure Guardians

DSM-Smithsonian/PBS
Follow a select group of individuals determined to bring Egypt back from the brink: to discover more of the country’s history, keep its heritage safe and persuade tourists to visit the country again. There's a description of the program at http://www.dsp.tv/productions/egypts-treasure-guardians

Wednesday, December 28, 2016 - 9:00pm

Why Vote? 5th Graders Take Informed Action

What does the C3 Framework look like in a fifth grade classroom? This five-minute video produced by Social Studies School Service provides a snapshot of high quality C3 social studies instruction designed to prepare students for active and engaged citizenship.

Connecting Students with Lincoln Primary Sources

This poster highlights in-person and digital opportunities to connect teachers and students with primary sources from many repositories about the Civil War, Lincoln presidency, Lincoln assassination, and Lincoln’s legacy.

Eagle Eye Citizen: Civics, Your Students and You

Eagle Eye Citizen is a series of engaging, online interactives for students focused on Congress and civic participation. Come play and see if you are an Eagle Eye Citizen!

Teaching about the Elections

(Posted September, 2016)

= NCSS Members-only resource

For Secondary/High School from Social Education

Teaching in the Time of Trump

Socialism in the United States: Hidden in Plain Sight

(Not so) Unprecedented: Media Analysis of the 2016 Presidential Race and Its Historical Precedents

Memorandum about the First Nixon-Kennedy Debate 

Media Construction of Presidential Campaigns

Political Polling Past and Present

 

For Middle Level from Middle Level Learning

Making Choices: An Explanation of Political Preferences

Using Cartograms to Explore the Electoral College: Comparing 1908 with 2008

 

For Elementary from Social Studies and the Young Learner

Teaching about Elections during a Presidential Election Year

Teaching and Learning about the U.S. President: Activities for an Election Year

Scaffolding Classroom Discourse in an Election Year: Keeping a Cool Mood in a Heated Season

 

Other Resources from Our Colleagues

Chase the Race
Student led interviews and other activities to get your students ready to participate.

National Student/Parent Mock Election
National student voting begins on October 24 and culminates on November 3

Project Look Sharp
A media literacy initiative of Ithaca College that develops and provides lesson plans, media materials, training, and support for critical thinking.

Teaching for Democracy Alliance
Resources to help you define your student engagement strategy

We the Voters
A collection of 20 free, short films (documentary, narrative, and animation) that focus on nonpartisan issues related to voting, democracy, elections, and U.S. governance.

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