NCSS Online Teachers' Library

NCSS has selected a collection of classroom activities, teaching ideas, and articles from Social Education, Middle Level Learning, and Social Studies and the Young Learner. Browse the collection, or search by historical period and grade level using the search function below.
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The Saffron Scourge: Society, Politics and Disease


By Diane Luke and Ann Winkler
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.

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History Matters: An Institutional Approach Examination of the U.S. Constitution


By Tawni Hunt Ferrarini and Mark C. Schug
Studying the evolution of the Constitution can help young people appreciate how choices made by their ancestors continue to impact our economy today.

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The Founding Entrepreneurs: America’s Prosperity


Gerald Gunderson
The entrepreneurs who spurred America’s exceptional development offer students a model of what can be accomplished when individuals identify problems and seek productive solutions.

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What Caused the Great Depression?


By Jean Caldwell and Timothy G. O’Driscoll
A review of the three major schools of thought on the causes of the Great Depression provides deeper understanding of both the history of the Depression and basic principles of economics.

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Lesson Whatdunnit? The Great Depression Mystery


_By National Council on Economic Education
This simulation activity offers clues to why the American economy went from unprecedented prosperity in the 1920s to unprecedented misery in the 1930s.

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Ford: Not a Lincoln but a Hayes? A Lesson in History and Political Science


By John A. Donnangelo
What makes a president successful? This article evaluates the presidency of Gerald Ford in the light of four theories by political scientists on presidential performance, highlighting one of them.

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Ford: Not a Lincoln but a Hayes? A Lesson in History and Political Science


By John A. Donnangelo
What makes a president successful? This article evaluates the presidency of Gerald Ford in the light of four theories by political scientists on presidential performance, highlighting one of them.

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Ford: Not a Lincoln but a Hayes? A Lesson in History and Political Science


By John A. Donnangelo
What makes a president successful? This article evaluates the presidency of Gerald Ford in the light of four theories by political scientists on presidential performance, highlighting one of them.

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Ford: Not a Lincoln but a Hayes? A Lesson in History and Political Science


By John A. Donnangelo
What makes a president successful? This article evaluates the presidency of Gerald Ford in the light of four theories by political scientists on presidential performance, highlighting one of them.

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The Presidential Timeline of the 20th Century (Teaching with Documents)


Paul Resta, Betty S. Flowers, and Ken Tothero
This interactive website with digitized resources from 12 presidential libraries offers students a close-up look at key moments of a president’s term.

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