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The Dutch are Missing in the American Curriculum

The Dutch contribution to America's economic system and cultural fabric was highly significant, yet history textbooks barely mention their early seventeenth-century influence on America.

Remnants from the Past: Using Scrapbooks to Make U.S. History Personal and Meaningful

Students learn how local history has coincided with national events and trends when they create scrapbooks to document the history of their high school.

Bottled or Tap? A Controversy for Science, Economics, and Society

Every year, Americans spend billions of dollars on bottled water. Students can learn about the costs and consequences of this choice.

Copenhagen 2009: Could a Cap-and-Trade Market Combat Global Warming and Conserve Earth's Tropical Forests?

This background essay and accompanying handout can help students learn how global citizens can conserve tropical forests and reduce global warming.

The U.S. and Iran: Confronting Policy Alternatives

In this lesson, students consider the principal alternatives facing U.S. policymakers dealing with Iran, before formulating their own points of view.

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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