Secondary/High School

State v. Tribe: How the Indian Gaming Controversy Began


--William L. Hewitt and Barbara Beaucar
This theme issue also includes related items -- "From Furs and Wampum to Slot Machines and Megadollars," "Does Gaming Hurt or Help?", and "The Streets are Paved with Silver," etc.

This URL downloads all 16 pages of Middle Level Learning as a pdf of about 1.0 MB:
* http://members.ncss.org/mll/18/mll18.pdf

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Visiting and Interviewing Older Adults: Service-Learning in the Sixth Grade


--Alison Parker
Oral history interviews give deeper meaning to visits with the elderly, strengthening the academic content of service learning.
Also includes "Preparing Young People for Longer Lives in an Aging Society" by Donna P. Couper and Fran Pratt.

This URL downloads all 16 pages of Middle Level Learning as a pdf of about 0.65 MB:
* http://members.ncss.org/mll/15/mll15.pdf

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The WPA Slave Narratives: Teaching with Oral Histories


--Paul Horton
Describes an online a selection of written narratives given by formerly enslaved, elderly African Americans (in the 1930s under the Works Progress Administration) and how to interpret these historical documents with middle school readers.

This URL downloads all 16 pages of Middle Level Learning as a pdf of about 0.8 MB:
* http://members.ncss.org/mll/13/mll13.pdf

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"Dear Teacher": Letters on the Eve of the Japanese American Imprisonment


--Yoon Pak
Historical background and lesson ideas using primary source: short compositions written by American middle school students of Japanese descent as requested by their principal, Mr. Sears, in Seattle Washington on December 8, 1941 and then again in March, 1942. (Two handouts included.)

This URL downloads all 16 pages of Middle Level Learning as a pdf of about 1.0 MB. See pp. 10-15.   --> read more »

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A World War II Oral History Project for Eighth Graders


--Thomas E. Gray
This issue of MLL also includes "Wandering Behind: Talking About Pearl Harbor" by Daniel J. Ferri; "Oral History Research: Internet Resources and Reports" by Margaret Hill; and Barbara J. Holt's review of a WWII topical book--'Faithful Elephants.'

This URL downloads all 16 pages of Middle Level Learning as a pdf of about 1.0 MB:
* http://members.ncss.org/mll/10/mll10.pdf

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Modern Times: The Industrial Revolution and the Concept of Time


--Frans H. Doppen
Several approaches to increasing student understanding of how the Industrial Revolution changed our concept of time--and its lasting effects today.

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“Did They Actually, Really Believe This?” Medical Documents as a Window on the Past


Students discuss how "ideas that a society mistakenly believes to be scientific can be used to promote social prejudice and discrimination." An etched image (ca. 1840) of an Irish immigrant's "broad, low head" clearly shows "exceedingly deficient moral organs -- especially benevolence."

This URL downloads all 16 pages of Middle Level Learning as a pdf of about 0.7 MB:   --> read more »

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In War, Is Law Silent? Security and Freedom After September 11


--Ed O’Brien
From airport security to wiretapping to racial profiling, in times of crisis, how do we balance the desire for personal freedom with the need for national security?

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Debating War and Peace in Washington Square Park


--Robert Cohen, Diana Turk, and Emily Klein
This sampling of comments posted in Washington Square Park after September 11 shows that, along with sadness and anger, a democratic spirit is alive and well in New York City.

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Hyperinflation and the Confederacy: An Interdisciplinary Lesson in Economics and History


--Brooke Graham Doyle
The Confederacy’s answer to revenue deficits during the Civil War was to print more money, leading to hyperinflation on an unprecedented scale.

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