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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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Public Service Announcement about the 1940 Census

A brief film created by the Census Bureau to encourage participation in the 1940 Census will enrich a lesson on the Constitution and fuel discussion on why the Framers saw fit to require a population count.
Historical Period: General US History Grade Level: Secondary/High School
Appears in: Social Education March/April 2012

Interviewing the “Lost Generation” from Prince Edward County’s Closed School Era

An oral history project by students in Southside, Virginia, exposes a neglected aspect of the civil rights movement—a generation of young people who were deprived of an education by segregationists.
Grade Level: Secondary/High School
Appears in: Social Education March/April 2012

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

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