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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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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!

Teaching about the Elections

= NCSS Members-only resource

For Secondary/High School from Social Education

Teaching in the Time of Trump

Socialism in the United States: Hidden in Plain Sight

(Not so) Unprecedented: Media Analysis of the 2016 Presidential Race and Its Historical Precedents

Memorandum about the First Nixon-Kennedy Debate 

Media Construction of Presidential Campaigns

Political Polling Past and Present


For Middle Level from Middle Level Learning

Making Choices: An Explanation of Political Preferences

Using Cartograms to Explore the Electoral College: Comparing 1908 with 2008


For Elementary from Social Studies and the Young Learner

Teaching about Elections during a Presidential Election Year

Teaching and Learning about the U.S. President: Activities for an Election Year

Scaffolding Classroom Discourse in an Election Year: Keeping a Cool Mood in a Heated Season


Other Resources from Our Colleagues

Chase the Race
Student led interviews and other activities to get your students ready to participate.

National Student/Parent Mock Election
National student voting begins on October 24 and culminates on November 3

Project Look Sharp
A media literacy initiative of Ithaca College that develops and provides lesson plans, media materials, training, and support for critical thinking.

Teaching for Democracy Alliance
Resources to help you define your student engagement strategy

We the Voters
A collection of 20 free, short films (documentary, narrative, and animation) that focus on nonpartisan issues related to voting, democracy, elections, and U.S. governance.

Using Pictures to Build Geographic Literacy

Friday, December 2, 2016 -
11:15am to 12:15pm
Explore how pictures can be used to study geography themes. A series of four drawings and two maps will be used to examine location, region, and human-environmental interaction.

Digital Tools to Differentiate Instruction and Assessment with Primary Sources

Friday, December 2, 2016 -
11:15am to 12:15pm
Discover resources that educators who teach with primary sources from the Library of Congress can implement to increase their curricula's accessibility with the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL).

Challenges and Opportunities in Creating Local Place-Based History Trunks

Friday, December 2, 2016 -
11:15am to 12:15pm
Explore an 8th grade kit titled "Andrew's Raid: Heroes or Villains?" containing materials that emphasize student analysis. Discover the possibilities of place-based primary sources.

That Happened Here? Place-Based Education with Informational Sources

Friday, December 2, 2016 -
10:00am to 11:00am
Learn how you can use free sources available at the Library of Congress and local collections to develop accessible curriculum that emphasizes the significance of local history.

Connecting Social Studies to Literacy through Primary Sources

Friday, December 2, 2016 -
10:00am to 11:00am
Obtain materials to coming social studies and literacy content through Paul Fleischmann's Bull Run. These materials will have your students analyzing and questioning literature while connecting with primary sources.


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