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Youth Civic Identity Development in the U. S. History Course

A design experiment illustrates that one way to transform civic learning is to engage young people with civic questions that are timely and relevant to their lives.

Mapping a Crisis, One Text Message at a Time

Interactive Web 2.0 tools are changing the way crises—from earthquakes to blizzards—are being tracked and managed, and everyday citizens are playing a new and important role.

Using Online Field Trips and Tours in Social Studies

While cuts in funding have forced schools to reduce supportive activities like field trips, students can benefit greatly from noteworthy virtual tours, such as those highlighted here.

A Living History Classroom: Using Re-Enactment to Enhance Learning

Teachers and students can bring history to life by donning period clothing or carrying objects common in past eras to engage students and enhance classroom presentations.

Remember The Alamo? Learning History with Monuments and Memorials

Studying monuments and the political, ideological, or social perspectives they represent advances students' historical thinking skills while highlighting for them the subjective nature of history.

It is My Desire to be Free: Annie Davis's Letter to Abraham Lincoln and Winslow Homer's Painting A Visit from the Old Mistress

A study of the featured document and painting will give students a greater understanding of the multi-step process of emancipation and the changing relationship that developed between freed slaves and former slave owners.
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Trials as Stories: Teachable Trials in the Social Studies Curriculum

Dramatic landmark trials can be powerful tools for teaching key principles at the core of democratic citizenship.
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Editors Notebook

Using the NCSS National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies: A Framework for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment to Meet State Social Studies Standards

The revised national standards are a great framework for meeting state standards while making learning relevant and meaningful for students.

The Revised NCSS Standards: Ideas for the Classroom Teacher

The revised social studies standards offer invaluable strategies for teachers to plan powerful units and create engaging lessons.


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