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Do This, Not That: Designing Effective Professional Development

The authors share important lessons on professional development from the NCSS C3 Literacy Collaborative project.

Pleading the Fifth: Lillian Hellman and the HUAC Investigation of Hollywood

Playwright Lillian Hellman's featured letter to the House Un-American Activities Committee as it investigated Hollywood during the Cold War can launch an interesting lesson on the protections of the Fifth Amendment.
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Designing Your Own C3 Inquiry: Lessons from the C3LC Project

The C3LC project produced a range of classroom resources, but the power of the project lies in the collaborative processes that teacher teams used to build and test them.

What’s Collaboration Got to Do with It?: Setting the Table for Teacher-Led Collaborative Inquiry

Collaborative, teacher-led, professional development incorporates shared authority, fosters democratic education, and encourages civic engagement in the classroom.

The Closing of the West: A C3 Lesson

In this unit, students examine the reasons various groups traveled westward during the second half of the nineteenth century.
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Who, What, Where, How and Now? The C3 Framework and the C3 Literacy Collaborative

The author describes the contribution of the C3 Literacy Collaborative (C3LC) to the strengthening of social studies teaching and learning.

Equal Justice for Juveniles? In re Gault After a Half Century

Studying the Supreme Court decision that established the right of minors to have attorneys in juvenile court is an excellent way to engage students in the study of the Sixth Amendment.

From Past to Present: Taking Informed Action

Students will have a greater understanding of distant historical events when they connect them to current issues.

Where in the World … Does All This Stuff Come From? Geographic Inquiry into Global Trade Patterns

Drawing students' attention to the goods they use that come from other countries can be the starting point for authentic geographic inquiries into global trade patterns.

Initiating C3 Inquiry: Using Texts and Curiosity to Inspire Readers

By implementing a few key strategies for incorporating informational texts in the classroom, teachers can make content, texts, and inquiry visually and cognitively accessible to all students.


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