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Understanding Fiscal Responsibility (UFR): A Curriculum for Teaching about the Federal Budget, National Debt, and Budget Deficit


The 24 free lessons from Understanding Fiscal Responsibility (UFR): A Curriculum for Teaching about the Federal Budget, National Debt, and Budget Deficit (www.teachufr.org) connect students to the current public policy dilemmas about the federal budget, national debt, and budget deficit that confront the United States and its citizens. These 1-2 day lessons are not interdependent and are appropriate for students ranging from grades 9–12 in Civics/Government, Economics, U.S. History/Geography, World History/Global Studies/Geography, and Mathematics.   --> read more »

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What are the best ways to teach a U.S. history course thematically?


David Lindquist

Thematic instruction in history has much to offer, especially given the demand to "cover everything" during high school history courses, an approach that leads to surface level treatment of many topics. Thematic instruction allows the teacher to provide in-depth coverage of carefully selected topics because, while time does not allow this approach for all topics, the teacher can choose a few topics to develop more fully than is the norm.   --> read more »

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Performance-Based Assessment Clearinghouse


This NCSS Social Studies Performance-Based Assessment Clearinghouse has been created to provide    --> read more »

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Spielberg’s Lincoln Defines the President’s Emancipation Legacy


--David Wolfford
The film Lincoln spotlights Abraham Lincoln’s character and leadership and raises questions about the legislative process that enabled politicians to pass the Thirteenth Amendment that abolished slavery.
* http://publications.socialstudies.org/se/7701/77011344.pdf

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500 Years of Spanish Exploration and Settlement: Children’s Literature


--Jason L. O’Brien and Wolfram Verlaan
Literature provides an ideal vehicle for guiding students beyond conventional accounts for a more profound exploration of Spanish influence in the Americas.
* http://publications.socialstudies.org/se/7701/77011328.pdf

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Operation Pedro Pan: The Flight to Neverland for 14,000 Cuban Children


--Bárbara C. Cruz
Learning about the 1960s exodus of Cuban children to the United States can engage K-12 students in the study of immigration and U.S.-Cuba issues. A sidebar by Mario Minichino offers mapping activities, guided imagery, and other teaching suggestions.
* http://publications.socialstudies.org/se/7701/77011323.pdf

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Borderlands of the Southwest: An Exercise in Geographical History


--Stephen J. Thornton
Standard accounts of U.S. history present a chronology of events that begins in the East and moves west. An alternative approach traces Spanish exploration and settlement in what is now the American Southwest.
* http://publications.socialstudies.org/se/7701/77011319.pdf

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Charting the Land of Flowers: Exploration and Mapmaking in Spanish Florida


--Rodney Kite-Powell
Two key maps that show the “known world” from the European perspective before Christopher Columbus’s voyages illustrate the knowledge of intellectuals of that period and reveal tales of exploration, conflict, and change.
* http://publications.socialstudies.org/se/7701/77011314.pdf

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Beyond La Niña, La Pinta, and La Santa María: The Invention and Mental Mapping of the New World


--Luis Martínez Fernández
Approaching the encounter between Europe and the Americas as an intellectual rather than a physical discovery enables students to go beyond memorization to gain an understanding of Medieval and Renaissance ways of acquiring knowledge.
* http://publications.socialstudies.org/se/7701/77011307.pdf

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National Day of Listening Comes to Midland, Michigan: A StoryCorps Project


--Ann Burke

NPR's StoryCorps can be a opportunity for students to conduct an oral history project, or interview people about their daily experiences, or survey opinions regarding a current event. This project involved team teaching.

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