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Crossing Borders and Building Bridges Using the Internet

In keeping with this year's NCSS conference theme, the author offers a list of websites that successfully link teachers and students together through pen pal programs, paired classrooms, or partner schools.
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The Great Communicator Files

Students will learn a great deal about the process of presidential speechwriting when they study primary documents related to well-known speeches such as President Reagan's Omaha Beach Memorial Remarks.

Media Construction of Presidential Campaigns

A study of select campaign posters, cartoons, and ads teaches students to critically analyze messages from media sources and to understand the role media have played throughout the history of American elections.
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Chew Heong v. United States: Chinese Exclusion and the Federal Courts

A close look at the case of Chew Heong, a Chinese immigrant who challenged the nineteenth-century Chinese exclusion laws, provides important insight into early U.S. efforts to control immigration.
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Degrees of Freedom: A Five-Part Framework for School Leadership

Key strategies outlined in this article describe how educators can foster democratic schools that honor individual freedom and civic responsibility without turning the asylum over to the inmates.

1889 Consular Dispatch from Baghdad

The featured document from the first U.S. consul in Baghdad serves as an excellent point of departure for studying the nineteenth century links between the United States and the Middle East.
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Lessons from History: Defining Moments in the American Presidency and Foreign Policy

A close look at two critical presidential moments of the twentieth century will help students grasp the significance of foreign policy in an election contest.
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Across the Color Line: Diversity, Public Education, and the Supreme Court

This review of key Supreme Court cases dealing with school integration can foster class discussion on racial progress and the role of the courts in determining educational policy.
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High Quality Civic Education: What Is It and Who Gets It?

If our democracy is to fulfill its promise of enabling citizens to participate fully and equally, we must do more to address why schools often fail to provide equal access to civic learning opportunities.
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Teaching Historical Analysis and Thinking Using the Internet

The websites highlighted in this column offer lesson plans, activities, and resources for teaching students to analyze the past and make better decisions about the future.

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