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From Freedom Riders to the Children’s March: Civil Rights Documentaries as Catalysts for Historical Empathy

--Lisa Brown Buchanan
These four documentary films can engage students in historical thinking, expand their capacity for empathy, and hone discussion and writing skills.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/se/7802/78020491.pdf

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Prompting Students to Contemplate Effective Communication with a Visible Speech Chart from the 1870s (Sources and Strategies_

--Lee Ann Potter
The featured document publicizing a nineteenth-century phonetic writing system can spark classroom research and exploration of communication tools from Visible Speech to Twitter and Google Translate.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/se/7802/78020453.pdf

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“Records of Rights”: A New Exhibit at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. (Teaching with Documents)

--Michael Hussey
The National Archives’ latest exhibit spotlights the struggles of Americans to define rights related to citizenship, free speech, voting, and equal opportunity.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/se/7801/780125.pdf

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Gideon v. Wainwright at Fifty: Lessons for Democracy and Civics (Looking at the Law)

--Kevin Scruggs
The case of Gideon v. Wainwright can serve as a point of entry into a classroom discussion of the Sixth Amendment right to counsel.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/se/7702/770213109...

Slavery and Free Markets: Relationships between Economic Institutions

--Mark C. Schug
This look at the contradictions between economic freedom and slavery provides a comprehensive view of the institution of slavery in world and American history.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/se/7702/77021382.pdf

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Searching for the Seventies: Photographs from the Environmental Protection Agency’s DOCUMERICA Project (Teaching with Documents)

--Bruce Bustard and Lee Ann Potter
Examining key photos from a 1970s federal project can serve as a point of departure for an exploration of the national issues and environmental crises of that decade.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/se/7702/77021352.pdf

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The Making of Campaign 2012: Collision 2012 and Double Down (Review)

--David Wolfford
Two recently published books offer behind-the-scenes insight into the 2012 presidential campaign and can help teachers illustrate important electoral concepts.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/se/7801/780147.pdf

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They Should Have Sent a Poet: Deepening Students’ Understanding of History Through the Use of Poetry

--Christopher Lopez
The highlighted poems offer deep insights into three wars in which America was involved.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/se/7801/780116.pdf

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Strike up Student Interest through Song: Technology and Westward Expansion (Sources and Strategies)

--Meg Steele
The featured photograph and works of music can launch an engaging lesson on the ways that technological advancements influenced westward expansion.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/se/7802/78020491.pdf

Is Baseball Essential?: World War I and the National Pastime (Teaching with Documents)

--Kris Maldre Jarosik and Jenny McMillen Sweeney
Documents related to baseball players and the military draft can launch a lesson on the American home front during World War I, as the 100th anniversary approaches.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/se/7802/78020457.pdf

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