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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 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 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 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 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 Education January/February 2013

Legal Tender: A Tale of Two President Roosevelts and the 1933 Gold Double Eagle

The history behind a present-day court battle over ownership of Depression-era gold coins provides a perfect segue into a classroom lesson on the 1933 banking crisis and U.S. laws regulating coinage.
Grade Level: Secondary/High School
Appears in: Social Education March/April 2016

Presidential Nominating Conventions: Unconventional This Year?

Students can learn a great deal by examining the complicated system of party conventions and the key role that they play
Grade Level: Secondary/High School
Appears in: Social Education March/April 2016

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
Historical Period: General US History, Historical Period: Cold War, Civil Rights Grade Level: Secondary/High School
Appears in: Social Education

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
Historical Period: General US History, Historical Period: Industrial Empire, Gilded Age Grade Level: Secondary/High School
Appears in: Social Education

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