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Increasing the Relevance: A Who Done It Mystery

This lesson describes a creative approach to teaching the judicial system with a simulated murder mystery.

Isn't Culturally Responsive Instruction Just Good Teaching?

Culturally responsive instruction that builds on students? home and community experiences can improve academic achievement and increase chances for success.

Integrating Literature and the Arts Using Internet Resources

The highlighted websites offer lesson plans, book lists, or other resources that can help teachers integrate literature and the arts into their social studies instruction.

Using Artifacts to Understand the Life of a Soldier in World War II

High school students in New Jersey practice artifact analysis and learn about soldier life in World War II when they interact with wartime relics, including medals, gas masks, ration coupons, and letters home.

The Reporter?s Privilege Under Fire: Is the American Press Still Free?

When students study the issue of reporter?s privilege they will understand why the courts and legislatures still struggle to define this protection, more than 150 years after the first American reporter was jailed for refusing to reveal a source.
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George Washington?s Printed Draft of the Constitution and Mike Wilkins?s Preamble

The featured artwork highlights the 52 words of the Preamble to the Constitution. The accompanying document shows, however, that these well known words underwent many changes before reaching their final form.
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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.


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