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A Pocketful of History

--Sherry L. Field and Linda D. Labbo
Read a biography. Then examine "pocket contents." In Lincoln's vest pocket? A draft for a speech, theater tickets, and a photograph of his family, among other items. "Artifacts" are suggested for the pockets of Benito Juarez (president of Mexico), Grandma Moses (artist), Mary McLeod Bethune (black educator), and others.

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Maps vs Mapping: Visualizing History and Geography

Friday, December 2, 2016 -
1:00pm to 2:00pm
Interactive mapping techniques invite students to connect with content to visualize information beyond mere location. Mapping challenges learners to think, develop literacy skills, and understand the complexity global issues.

TalkNCSS: DC Social Studies Teachers Leading Teachers

Saturday, December 3, 2016 -
1:30pm to 2:00pm
One of the biggest issues educators point to with the way states and the federal governments make policy decisions is the lack of teacher input in crafting those decisions. Furthermore, most teachers believe that there is a clear disconnect between the “powers that be” and their classrooms. For a group of D.C. public school teachers, leading their colleagues has become a priority not because they want to clarify policy, but because they know it will lead to better instruction and to a better education for their students. In doing so, they're proving that teacher leaders don't wait for a set of directives to act, but instead act because they know their work is right course of action.

Teaching in the Post-Election Period

(Posted November 23, 2016)

Resources from the NCSS Publications Archive to support your continuing instruction.


From the Past to the Present: Taking Informed Action

Friday, December 2, 2016 -
8:45am to 9:45am
Dimension 4 of the C3 framework requires that students take informed action. Learn how to take students from inquiry to active citizenship by helping them connect historical events to current events, and then take informed action.

"Bound Together" Slavery Exhibit (Mount Vernon)

The newest exhibit from George Washington's Mount Vernon is online, and worth a visit. "Lives Bound Together" explores the personal stories of the people enslaved at Mount Vernon and George Washington's evolving opinions about slavery.
Invite students to also explore the various tabs at this webpage, which include:

10 Facts About George Washington & Slavery

Egypt's Treasure Guardians

Follow a select group of individuals determined to bring Egypt back from the brink: to discover more of the country’s history, keep its heritage safe and persuade tourists to visit the country again. There's a description of the program at

Wednesday, December 28, 2016 - 9:00pm

Why Vote? 5th Graders Take Informed Action

What does the C3 Framework look like in a fifth grade classroom? This five-minute video produced by Social Studies School Service provides a snapshot of high quality C3 social studies instruction designed to prepare students for active and engaged citizenship.

Connecting Students with Lincoln Primary Sources

Friday, December 2, 2016 -
11:15am to 12:15pm
This poster highlights in-person and digital opportunities to connect teachers and students with primary sources from many repositories about the Civil War, Lincoln presidency, Lincoln assassination, and Lincoln’s legacy.

Eagle Eye Citizen: Civics, Your Students and You

Friday, December 2, 2016 -
10:00am to 11:00am
Eagle Eye Citizen is a series of engaging, online interactives for students focused on Congress and civic participation. Come play and see if you are an Eagle Eye Citizen!


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