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An Annotated List of Census Resources for Educators


--Pat Watson
Census in Schools, www.census.gov/schools, is the official site of the Census Bureau’s K-12 program. The "History Timeline" is a great resource. Click on the "History and Pop Culture" icon to find it, as described in the accompanying article "Interdisciplinary Activities Using Census in Schools," by Janice Jefferson. Then see images and facts about Americans as they lived and worked over two centuries. Both brief articles are linked here:

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Is Free Trade Out of Date?


--Dwight R. Lee
We may never achieve perfectly free international trade, but the struggle to reduce existing trade restriction is a noble one.

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Is Free Trade Out of Date?


--Dwight R. Lee
We may never achieve perfectly free international trade, but the struggle to reduce existing trade restriction is a noble one.

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Folk in the History Classroom: Using the Music of the People to Teach Eras and Events (Elementary Education)


By Michael G. Lovorn
The featured lesson uses Woody Guthrie’s “Dust Storm Disaster” to study the Dust Bowl from the perspective of those most affected.

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The “Day in the Life of a Teenage Hobo” Project


--Justin Reich and Thomas Daccord
(Subtitled: "Integrating Technology with Shneiderman’s Collect-Relate-Create-Donate Framework"). In this multiple day investigation of teenage homelessness during the Great Depression, students use a range of technologies—search engines, blogs, and podcasting tools—to investigate the political, economic, and social history of the time.

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Keynesian, Monetarist and Supply-Side Policies: An Old Debate Gets New Life


By M. Scott Niederjohn and William C. Wood
Keynesian fiscal policy—out of fashion with economists and policymakers for decades—has enjoyed a revival under President Obama’s new economic policy team, but competing approaches also have their advocates.

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Keynesian, Monetarist and Supply-Side Policies: An Old Debate Gets New Life


By M. Scott Niederjohn and William C. Wood
Keynesian fiscal policy—out of fashion with economists and policymakers for decades—has enjoyed a revival under President Obama’s new economic policy team, but competing approaches also have their advocates.

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“Summer Schedule” and “The Fishin’ Season”: Cartoons by Clifford Berryman (Teaching with Documents)


By Christine Blackerby
The two featured political cartoons will stir classroom debate on how presidential election campaigns are planned.

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Integrating Government and Literature: Mock Civil and Criminal Trials Based on [em]To Kill A Mockingbird[/em]


By Lori Kumler and Rina Palchick
In a project that connected social studies classes with literature classes, students honed academic skills as they constructed mock trials from the events of a famous novel.

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Using Music to Teach about the Great Depression


By Robert L. Stevens and Jared A. Fogel
Students will gain new perspectives on the socio-economic circumstances of the Great Depression through an analysis of song lyrics of the time.

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