Secondary/High School

Historic Sites and Your Students


--William E. White
Field trips to historic sites, such as to the house in Colonial Williamsburg of Revolution-era scholar George Wythe, offer students a tangible and physical connection to the past.

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The WPA American Guide Series: Local History Treasures for the Classroom


--Syd Golston
The state guidebooks created by writers, academics, and historians under FDR’s jobs program offer a wealth of social history that will lead students to a greater understanding of their own towns as part of the panorama of American history.

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Since You Asked: Remembering America’s Veterans


--Barbara Hatch
Through the Arizona Heritage Project, students work to document their local history and preserve the stories of Arizona’s military veterans.

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“Life in a Jar”: A National History Day Project that Touched the World


--Norman Conard
After learning about a Polish woman who saved 2,500 Jewish children during World War II, students in Kansas created a play for National History Day that is still being performed today, more than 10 years later.

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National History Day: Student Historians


--Ann Claunch
When students are challenged by National History Day to probe into history’s unanswered questions, they sometimes become the first to provide the answers.

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Students Preserve an Emancipation Site with Archaeological Technology


--Paul LaRue
High school students in Ohio combine study with experience as they unearth and clean artifacts in order to re-create the history of an early settlement of emancipated slaves.

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Teaching Presidential Impeachment


--Jean A. Luckowsi and James J. Lopach
An issues-centered approach to impeachment can help students to both appreciate the wisdom of our constitutional framework and understand why such strong differences over how to interpret the Constitution emerged in the recent debate over impeaching President Clinton.

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The Meaning of Memory: Establishing the Martin Luther King, Jr., Holiday


--Mira Cohen
Some memorable days in our nation’s history are declared holidays, while others are considered days of remembrance. This article explores the process of establishing a holiday to commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Using YouTube to Teach Presidential Election Propaganda: Twelve Representative Videos


--Wayne Journell
Teachers can use this selection of campaign ads to help students analyze various aspects of political propaganda.

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Bridge to the Future: Franklin Roosevelt’s Speech at the Dedication of the Triborough Bridge (Teaching with Documents)


--David L. Rosenbaum
The featured document from FDR’s speech inaugurating the Triborough Bridge provides an entry point for the study of New Deal programs and discussion of the government’s role in planning, funding, and creating infrastructure.

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