--Lee Ann Potter
The featured documents illustrate the value of primary sources as points of entry into challenging subjects.
--Toni Fuss Kirkwood-Tucker
Eleanor Roosevelt’s fearless advocacy of the rights of African Americans, and the public controversy this created, offer students an excellent window into the society and politics of the United States during the 1930s and 1940s.
--Robert Cohen and Janelle Pearson
The featured letter from an emancipated slave to his former master illuminates the historical transition from slavery to freedom and is an excellent resource for classes in both history and literature.
The NCSS Publications archives and a number of educational websites offer excellent lesson plans that can help teachers prepare for Constitution Day.
--Alan S. Marcus
The author examines The Conspirator—a film about the trial of Mary Surratt and the plot to murder President Lincoln—and outlines four key questions to guide teachers when using historical film in the classroom.
--The Choices Program, Brown University
Ten years after 9/11, the United States is still fighting a war in Afghanistan against the Taliban. This article details key issues and events including the rise of the Taliban and the emergence of Osama bin Laden as a global terrorist figure.
Congress Investigates: Pearl Harbor and 9/11 Congressional Hearing Exhibits (Teaching with Documents)Submitted by Jennifer Bauduy on Tue, 10/04/2011 - 3:18pm
The study of the two featured documents will illustrate for students the importance of Congress’s power to investigate as part of a system of checks and balances established by the Founders.
--Jeremy D. Stoddard and Meg Hoffman
Three activities described here engage the creativity of at-risk students by incorporating mini-camcorders into the study of the American Revolution, Civil War, and Post-Reconstruction.
Wikipedia can provide useful facts for a summary report, but the anonymity and quantity of authors is problematic for historical research.
Rather than battle Wikipedia’s stronghold in students’ lives, teachers should seize the opportunity to teach students how to read Wikipedia through a critical lens.