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.
A Supreme Court decision banning illegally obtained evidence in federal court serves as a point of entry for the study of search warrants and the Fourth Amendment.
--Cynthia Williams Resor
A close study of community cookbooks illustrates economic, cultural, and technological trends over time, such as shifts in food production, preparation, and consumption.
--Janet Tran with Tony Pennay and Krista Kohlhausen
The centennial of Ronald Reagan’s birth offers an opportunity to engage students in lessons about the importance of political civility.
--Richard L. Hughes
The memoir of a white journalist who disguised himself as an African American in the pre-civil rights South provides students with greater insight into the evolution of segregation in American society.
Draft of the Constitution (August 1787) and Schedule of the Compensation of the Senate of the United States (March 1791) / TWDSubmitted by Jennifer Bauduy on Wed, 01/19/2011 - 12:30pm
--Michael Hussey and Stephanie Greenhut
The two featured documents can serve as a starting point for a lesson on public service while students debate the amount of pay that public servants should receive.
--Lee Ann Potter
Students will gain a deeper understanding of legislative tactics like the filibuster when they study the featured document—the Senate motion that broke a 55-day filibuster against the Civil Rights Act.
--Andy Robinson and Joan Brodsky Schur
This simulation illustrates for students that the most complex debates in American history are not necessarily between those for and against social change, but among those who agree on the goal, but disagree on the means.
The earliest American leaders upheld basic protections for civilians, prisoners of war, and sick and injured combatants. Such principles can serve as a guide today as we address difficult questions like the treatment of detainees and the issue of torture.