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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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We Shall Overcome! Two Films about Selma

--David Wolfford Two recent films present powerful portrayals of the struggle for voting rights in America. http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/se/7906/7906341.pdf
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How Did the Industrial Revolution Move People?

--New York State Social Studies Toolkit Inquiry This high school inquiry explores the major population shifts and the social and economic transformations fueled by the Industrial Revolution. http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/se/7906/7906330.pdf
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The New York State Toolkit and the Inquiry Design Model: Anatomy of an Inquiry

--Kathy Swan, John Lee, and S.G. Grant The Uncle Tom’s Cabin inquiry illustrates the Inquiry Design Model structure as students examine Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel to explore how words can affect public opinion. http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/se/7906/7906316.pdf
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Slavery and its Legacies: Marking the Sesquicentennial of the Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (Lessons on the Law)

--Ana Lucia Araujo A close look at the struggle to pass the 13th Amendment will ignite a stimulating classroom debate on the legacies of slavery that persist today. http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/se/7906/7906289.pdf
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Take the Journey: Historic Place-Based Service Learning Projects

--James A. Percoco Place-based service-learning projects connect young people with the past in ways that can range from producing mini movies of a historic site to planting a tree geo-tagged with a Civil War soldier’s life story. http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/se/7905/7905265.pdf
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The 1915 U.S. Invasion of Haiti: Examining a Treaty of Occupation

--Jennifer Bauduy A close look at the U.S.-Haiti treaty signed 100 years ago can launch an engaging lesson on U.S. involvement in Haiti and the commercial interests that fueled American interventions throughout Latin America. http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/se/7905/7905244.pdf

Voting Rights Act of 1965: In Whose Interest?

--Jane Bolgatz and Ryan Crowley In this lesson, students consider important factors that converged to help civil rights activists win a decades-long struggle for voting rights. http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/se/7905/7905239.pdf
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Events in History Do Not Happen in Isolation: Studying a Letter Written by Thomas Jefferson in 1815 (Sources and Strategies)

--Lee Ann Potter After the British torched the Capitol and its library in 1814, Congress purchased Thomas Jefferson’s renowned book collection. The featured letter by Jefferson, written at the conclusion of the transfer, can serve as an introduction to the global context of the War of 1812. http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/se/7905/7905225.pdf
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Prequel to Independence: Who Fired the Shot Heard Round the World? (Teaching with Documents)

--Annie Davis The 1775 deposition from a militia commander at Lexington, featured in this article, can be used to spark student inquiry about why the American colonials decided to go to war. http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/se/7904/7904188.pdf
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