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Memories of an Aid Worker

An attorney and Red Cross worker explores the impact that humanitarian work can have as she recalls her own personal experiences in the Ivory Coast after the country's first coup d'état.
Historical Period: Recent Times Grade Level: Secondary/High School
Appears in: Social EducationSocial Education October 2010

A Bus Ride Across the Mason-Dixon Line in the Era of Jim Crow

Students gain a deeper understanding of the segregation period through this classroom simulation, in which randomly-assigned cards determine whether volunteers sit or stand during a long, interstate bus trip.
Historical Period: Cold War, Civil Rights Grade Level: Secondary/High School
Appears in: Social EducationSocial Education October 2010

Operation Pedro Pan: The Flight to Neverland for 14,000 Cuban Children

Learning about the 1960s exodus of Cuban children to the United States can engage K-12 students in the study of immigration and U.S.-Cuba issues. A sidebar by Mario Minichino offers mapping activities, guided imagery, and other teaching suggestions.
Historical Period: Pre-colonial, Colonial Grade Level: Secondary/High School
Appears in: Social EducationSocial Education January/February 2013

Beyond La Niña, La Pinta, and La Santa María: The Invention and Mental Mapping of the New World

Approaching the encounter between Europe and the Americas as an intellectual rather than a physical discovery enables students to go beyond memorization to gain an understanding of Medieval and Renaissance ways of acquiring knowledge.
Historical Period: Pre-colonial, Colonial Grade Level: Secondary/High School
Appears in: Social EducationSocial Education January/February 2013

500 Years of Spanish Exploration and Settlement: Children's Literature

Literature provides an ideal vehicle for guiding students beyond conventional accounts for a more profound exploration of Spanish influence in the Americas.
Historical Period: Pre-colonial, Colonial Grade Level: Secondary/High School
Appears in: Social EducationSocial Education January/February 2013

Charting the Land of Flowers: Exploration and Mapmaking in Spanish Florida

Two key maps that show the known world from the European perspective before Christopher Columbus's voyages illustrate the knowledge of intellectuals of that period and reveal tales of exploration, conflict, and change.
Historical Period: Pre-colonial, Colonial Grade Level: Secondary/High School
Appears in: Social EducationSocial Education January/February 2013

Borderlands of the Southwest: An Exercise in Geographical History

Standard accounts of U.S. history present a chronology of events that begins in the East and moves west. An alternative approach traces Spanish exploration and settlement in what is now the American Southwest..
Historical Period: Pre-colonial, Colonial Grade Level: Secondary/High School
Appears in: Social EducationSocial Education January/February 2013

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