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Rock the Vote's Democracy Class is a one-period, civics education lesson plan that teaches high school students about the importance of voting, the history behind it, and registers them to vote. The program uses popular culture, video, a mock election, and classroom discussion to excite students about participating in our democracy and enable them to recognize the power that comes with voting.

Educators can download the materials needed to teach Democracy Class for free from

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Was the Constitution Pro-Slavery? The Changing View of Frederick Douglass

By Robert Cohen
Many have questioned whether the document on which our nation is based sanctioned slavery. But renowned abolitionist Frederick Douglass, who originally condemned the Constitution, came to view it in a much different light.

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Forgotten Ellis Island

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PBS/ Boston Film & Video Productions
This is the first film (and companion book) to be produced about the immigrant hospital on Ellis Island. Opened in 1902, the hospital grew to 22 medical buildings that sprawled across two islands adjacent to Ellis Island, the largest port of entry in the United States. Massive and modern, the hospital was America's first line of defense against contagious,

Friday, July 1, 2016 to Saturday, July 30, 2016

Play Like a Pirate: Engage Students with Toys, Games, and Comics

Here’s an informal book review, excerpts from a blog posting  (, by NCSS member Kaye Rizzuto (who teaches  8th and 9th grade U.S. History as well as AP Human Geography at Elk Ridge Middle School in South Jordan, Utah:

Protective Custody: Prisoner 34042

This memoir of a Holocaust survivor offers a unique perspective on the experience of women in concentration camps.

How Robert Scheer's Playing President Might Help Remediate the Problem of Shallow Textbooks and Political Apathy

Mamer Books such as Playing President: My Close Encounters with Nixon, Carter, Bush I, Reagan, and Clintonand How They Did Not Prepare Me for George W. Bush can help raise awareness of contemporary politics and history.

Life Behind the Wall: Palestinian Students Online

English classes seemed boring to the author's tenth-grade Ramallah students, until they decided to launch the first Palestinian online youth magazine.
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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.

Comparing International Textbooks to Develop Historical Thinking

This lesson plan offers students the opportunity to compare how American and Vietnamese textbooks portray specific events of the Vietnam War.

Website Potpourri

The author provides a collection of noteworthy sites that can stimulate useful activities and projects for teachers and students.


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