Secondary Level-High School
Learn about the rules of war and walk away with Common Core Standards-aligned and classroom-ready tools and activities. Engage and challenge your students with current and historical issues and dilemmas
Alicia Guajardo, American Red Cross, Washington, DC, US; Kim Pennington, K20 Center @ University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, US
America’s overseas cemeteries and memorials offer unique perspectives to understanding American memory. Discover resources from the American Battle Monuments Commission and the Friends of the National World War II Memorial.
Tim Nosal, American Battle Monuments Commission, Arlington, VA, US; James Percoco, Friends of the National World War II Memorial, Washington, DC, US
Using the themes presented in the “Star Wars and “The Lord of the Rings” films, educators can assist students in understanding historical and religious topics presented in history class.
Jason Allen, Blue Ridge Community and Technical College, Martinsburg, WV, US
International trade can be confusing to teach, but by using Big Macs to discuss currency exchange and to lead into other key ideas in economics, students can indeed grasp these concepts.
Bruce Damasio, Maryland Council for Economic Education at Towson University, Towson, MD, US; Chris Szocik, Liberty High School, Eldersburg, MD, US
What if Julius Caesar was set in a newly independent nation? Learn how to use the works of Shakespeare to integrate global perspectives and the Common Core in social studies.
Jason R. Harshman, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, US; Colleen E. Kennedy, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, US
Go on an adventure while discovering the past. This program through National History Day will help you get there.
Gary Morris, McLean County High School, Calhoun, KY, US
Discover how Common Core skills are enhanced through explicit instruction of literacy strategies, creating an environment of collaboration and student achievement in social studies and all content areas.
Jessica Henry, Columbia Borough School District, Columbia, PA, US; Kimberly Shaw, Columbia Borough School District, Columbia, PA, US
Through a case-study of "If a Tree Falls," PBS’s POV series presents strategies for using documentary film to enhance Common Core literacy skills and prepare young people to challenge injustice.
Jamie Dobie, POV | American Documentary (PBS), Brooklyn, NY, US; Eliza Licht, POV | American Documentary (PBS), Brooklyn, NY, US
Connecting students with veterans illustrates the commonalities in the American story, passing patriotism from one generation to another for a sustainable democracy in a country that they will one day lead.
Barbara Hatch, Veterans Heritage Project/Cactus Shadows High School, Cave Creek, AZ, US
The Book Thief, one of the Common Core Exemplar Texts for 9-10th grade, can be used to explore how Nazi propaganda convinced German citizens to willingly support their regime.
Annette Civiello, Ohio University - Student, Athens, OH, US