Secondary/High School

Letter from a Young Boy Following the Panay Incident (Teaching with Documents)


By Trevor K. Plante and Lee Ann Potter
The featured 1937 letter from a Japanese primary school student apologizing for the sinking of the USS Panay by Japanese aircraft provides an entry into the study of U.S.-Japanese relations before World War II.

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Across the Color Line: Diversity, Public Education, and the Supreme Court (Looking at the Law)


By Michelle Parrini
This review of key Supreme Court cases dealing with school integration can foster class discussion on racial progress and the role of the courts in determining educational policy.

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“Summer Schedule” and “The Fishin’ Season”: Cartoons by Clifford Berryman (Teaching with Documents)


By Christine Blackerby
The two featured political cartoons will stir classroom debate on how presidential election campaigns are planned.

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The Keys to the White House: Prediction for 2008


By Allan Lichtman
Students will comprehend the many factors that influence an election when they analyze why this successful prediction system forecasts a popular vote victory for the Democrats in 2008.

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The Civil War Battle That Helped Create a State


By Kay A. Chick
What makes an event worthy of the history textbooks? In this lesson, students study a little-known Civil War battle to broaden their understanding of historical significance.

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Abraham Lincoln: American Lawyer-President (Looking at the Law)


By Brian Dirck
Teaching Activity by Tiffany Willey
The same characteristics that made Lincoln a tenacious lawyer also made him a formidable president.

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Child’s Letter to President John F. Kennedy about Physical Fitness (Teaching with Documents)


By Missy McNatt
The featured letter from a nine-year-old boy to JFK will highlight the need to promote physical fitness in our schools, and can ignite class discussions of issues such as federalism, Title IX, and the overall health of Americans.

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Keynesian, Monetarist and Supply-Side Policies: An Old Debate Gets New Life


By M. Scott Niederjohn and William C. Wood
Keynesian fiscal policy—out of fashion with economists and policymakers for decades—has enjoyed a revival under President Obama’s new economic policy team, but competing approaches also have their advocates.

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The Crash of 2008: Causes and Fed Response


By James D. Gwartney and Joseph Connors
The current economic crisis is primarily a story about unintended consequences and what happens when the incentive structure is damaged by unsound institutions and policies.

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The “Day in the Life of a Teenage Hobo” Project


--Justin Reich and Thomas Daccord
(Subtitled: "Integrating Technology with Shneiderman’s Collect-Relate-Create-Donate Framework"). In this multiple day investigation of teenage homelessness during the Great Depression, students use a range of technologies—search engines, blogs, and podcasting tools—to investigate the political, economic, and social history of the time.   --> read more »

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