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World History

Plan ahead, and apply now. In July 2017, a select group of 18 educators will follow in the footsteps of history as they visit World War II historic sites and American cemeteries in San Francisco, California; Honolulu, Hawaii; and Manila, The Philippines. A partnership -- National History Day, American Battle Monuments Commission, Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs -- hopes to reinvigorate the teaching of World War II in middle and high school by helping teachers understand the sacrifice of fallen American heroes of that era.
July 28, 2016 - 2:45pm EDT to June 1, 2017 - 12:45pm EDT

The Saffron Scourge: Society, Politics and Disease

By taking a closer look at various Yellow Fever outbreaks, the authors demonstrate for students the social, governmental, and economic impact of epidemics upon cities.

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. Using the Web to Teach Historical Thinking

The featured web-based resources focus on teaching students how to read historical

The Two World Histories

Despite the urgent need to improve the world history curriculum, disagreements on the subject have divided scholars, educators, and policymakers into different camps at cross purposes with each other.
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Teaching about Aboriginal Canada through Picture Books

This set of books offers insight into Canadian aboriginal cultures and the contributions of these groups to the fabric of the nation.

Challenging History: Essential Questions in the Social Studies Classroom

By providing a critical frame through which to study history, essential questions engage students and facilitate deeper thinking about the content under investigation.

Fighting for the Past: Lessons from the David Irving Trial

Educating students about Holocaust denial enables teachers to reinforce principles of historical inquiry while pointing out the ways in which deniers violate scholarly tenets.
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A Voice from the Congo

When a high-ranking politician from the Democratic Republic of the Congo visited a social studies class in Milwaukee, students got a deeper understanding of the political strife and humanitarian crisis in that country.

Explore the Past to Understand the Present and Shape the Future

The featured lesson places students in the role of decision makers as they explore four distinct alternatives for 21st century U.S. foreign policy and then consider their own views.


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