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Putting Social Studies in its Place Using GIS to Enhance the Social Studies Classroom

Putting Social Studies in its Place is a free 5-week online course designed to introduce you to the power of using WebGIS in a Social Studies classroom. This session will model how you can use GIS to: complement your existing instruction; map and analyze simple data sets; and create community based PBL activities. Lesson plans, free software, and replication tips will be provided. Bring your own device.

Exploring Equality for Minorities in America through the C3

Explore ways for high school students to examine the civil rights and liberties of minorities in America through both a historic and contemporary lens. What role has history, geography, economics, and government played in influencing racial disparity in the U.S.? Participants will leave with materials for implementing this C3 mini-unit in their classrooms.

Fostering Civic Engagement through Productive Dialogue

Now that the election is over, it's more important than ever to foster productive dialogue about civic engagement. We the Voters is an anthology of 20 short, nonpartisan films focusing on democracy and U.S. governance, with free materials written by PBS Education. Learn how to use these standards-aligned materials to start conversation in the classroom.

Law Library of Congress and

The Law Library of Congress has the largest global legal collection in the world. Learn about and the Law Library’s digital collections and publications, infographic maps, blog, and more.

Bill of Rights (TAH)

Preparing students for responsible citizenship begins with a solid understanding of the content and meaning of the Bill of Rights.
Teaching American History ( strives to make that task easier through this easy-to-use exhibit. A highlight of the exhibit is an interactive chart tracing the documentary and political origins of each of the rights in the Bill of Rights.

The Secret History of ISIS

This program aims to "get the inside story of the creation of ISIS, and learn how the U.S. missed the many warning signs of its genesis. The film uncovers the terror group’s earliest plans, the Islamic radicals who became its leaders, and the American failures to stop ISIS’ brutal rise."
Tuesday, December 6, 2016 - 10:00pm

Dead Reckoning: War, Crime, and Justice

Civilians worldwide are increasingly the targets of war crimes. This unprecedented series examines the evolution of postwar justice in investigating genocide, ethnic cleansing and other atrocities and in prosecuting the perpetrators.  
The full title of the series is "Dead Reckoning: War, Crime, and Justice from World War II to the War on Terror."
The episodes are slated to be shown on Monday evenings, December 5-19, 2016, but check local listings.

“The General’s Ghost” (12/5/2016)

“The Blind Eye” (12/12/2016)

Monday, December 5, 2016 - 10:00pm

Speeches at the Press Club (LOC)

The Library of Congress has a new curated web presentation—“Food for Thought: Presidents, Prime Ministers, and other National Press Club Luncheon Speakers, 1954-1989” (—that features speeches by some of the world’s most important newsmakers, including presidents, international leaders and other political and cultural icons of the period. Most of these select speeches from the Library’s National Press Club Collection have not been heard in their entirety since they were initially delivered.

Interactive Constitution

The Interactive Constitution (created by the Constitution Center) is now available free from the App Store and Google Play, so teachers and students can carry the Constitution with them at all times. Visit the website ( Then get the app on Google Play or download it in the App Store.

In Their Own Words (20th Century History)

Enjoy a series that profiles key figures in history by using their most memorable quotes to frame their life stories. The films follow Queen Elizabeth II, Muhammad Ali and Jim Henson.
* Follow Queen Elizabeth II’s remarkable life, from her youth to her uncle’s abdication, her father’s coronation as King George VI, her experience during World War II, her sudden ascension to the throne and her eventful reign of more than 60 years.
Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 9:00pm


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