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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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Lesson Whatdunnit? The Great Depression Mystery

This simulation activity offers clues to why the American economy went from unprecedented prosperity in the 1920s to unprecedented misery in the 1930s.
Historical Period: Roaring 20s, Great Depression Grade Level: Secondary/High School
Appears in: Social Education March 2007

Rough Journal Page Documenting Ratification and Final Page of the Treaty of Paris, 1783

The featured documents highlight for students the significance of the Treaty of Paris, not only in ending the Revolutionary War, but also in transforming British North America.
Historical Period: Independence Grade Level: Secondary/High School
Appears in: Social Education September 2008

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

Studying the evolution of the Constitution can help young people appreciate how choices made by their ancestors continue to impact our economy today.
Historical Period: The New Nation Grade Level: Secondary/High School
Appears in: Social Education March 2007

Dear Miss Breed: Using Primary Documents to Advance Student Understanding of Japanese Internment Camps

The authors highlight the Carter G. Woodson award winner Dear Miss Breedwhich recounts the stories of 19 children of Japanese descent interned in U.S. camps during World War IIas an excellent resource for studying the Japanese American wartime experience.
Historical Period: World War II Grade Level: Secondary/High School
Appears in: Social Education May/June 2008

Why Did the Colonists Fight When They Were Safe, Prosperous, and Free?

When historical events are framed as mysteries, students gain fresh insights into U.S. history topics, including the American Revolution.
Historical Period: Independence Grade Level: Secondary/High School
Appears in: Social Education March 2007

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

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.
Historical Period: Recent Times Grade Level: Secondary/High School
Appears in: Social Education March 2007

Letter from a Young Boy Following the PanayIncident

The featured 1937 letter from a Japanese primary school student apologizing for the sinking of the USS Panay by Japanese aircraft provides an entry into the study of U.S.-Japanese relations before World War II.
Historical Period: World War II Grade Level: Secondary/High School
Appears in: Social Education March 2008

The Founding Entrepreneurs: America's Prosperity

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.
Historical Period: The New Nation Grade Level: Secondary/High School
Appears in: Social Education March 2007

Ensuring Access to the Ballot Box: Voting Rights in the United States

A close look at contemporary voting rights issuesvoter identification laws, English only laws, and felon disenfranchisementdemonstrates ways in which voting rights can be restricted by seemingly ordinary requirements.
Grade Level: Secondary/High School
Appears in: Social Education September 2008

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