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Linking Civics and Current Events

--Melissa J. Marks
Students link clauses in the Preamble of the U.S. Constitution with current events as reported in the news media. Does "promoting general welfare" include health care?

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* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/mll/26/MLL26.pdf

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American Revolution:Three Lesson Plans for Critical Thinking

--Stephanie Wasta
Three lessons that bring good resource material into the classroom and engage students in thinking critically about history and historical sources. Includes handouts and instructions for playing the Colonial Era children's game "Skin the Snake."

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* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/mll/25/MLL25.pdf

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Ben Franklin’s Evolving View on Race and Ethnicity

--Steven S. Lapham and Drew Saunders
A wise man observes, learns, and grows. Also includes a related classroom activity about Ben's interesting personality: "Will the Senate Confirm 'Karl B. Fennin'?" by William E. Amburn.

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* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/mll/22/MLL22.pdf

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Ben Franklin’s Evolving View on Race and Ethnicity

--Steven S. Lapham and Drew Saunders
A wise man observes, learns, and grows. Also includes a related classroom activity about Ben's interesting personality: "Will the Senate Confirm 'Karl B. Fennin'?" by William E. Amburn.

This URL downloads all 16 pages of Middle Level Learning as a pdf of about 1.0 MB:
* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/mll/22/MLL22.pdf

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“Maybe You Could Help?” Letters to Eleanor Roosevelt

--Mary Mason Royal
In small groups, students read and analyze letters written by children to "Eleanor" during the Great Depression. Handouts include text of seven letters.

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* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/mll/22/MLL22.pdf

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Teaching About Immigration, Past and Present

--Susan Pass
Interviewing first generation parents, or writing about their own immigrant experiences, generates memorable results. Ten key interview questions.

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* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/mll/20/mll20.pdf

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Runaway Slave Advertisements: Teaching from Primary Documents

--Tom Costa and Brooks Doyle
Interpret short primary source documents to reveal some details about slave life and the moral dilemmas of antebellum U.S. Also includes "Abolitionists Among the Founding Generation" by Kevin T. Brady.

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* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/mll/20/mll20.pdf

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The Compromise of 1790: A Capital Simulation

--David L. Ghere
Study the handout map and chart. The national capital would be built in the South if the federal government would assume the states' Revolutionary War debts. Would it work?

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* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/mll/19/mll19.pdf

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Lewis & Clark: An Interdisciplinary Expedition

--Kristy Brugar
A filed trip on the school grounds recalls a historical adventure. Watch for bears! Also includes Paul Horton's review of a nonfiction book about a black man and comrade: "York's Adventure with Lewis and Clark."

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* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/mll/19/mll19.pdf

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