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A Pocketful of History


--Sherry L. Field and Linda D. Labbo
Read a biography. Then examine "pocket contents." In Lincoln's vest pocket? A draft for a speech, theater tickets, and a photograph of his family, among other items. "Artifacts" are suggested for the pockets of Benito Juarez (president of Mexico), Grandma Moses (artist), Mary McLeod Bethune (black educator), and others.

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Buttoning Up a Hands-On History Lesson


--Audrey C. Rule and Cynthia Szymanski Sunal
How can you tell that something is old? A historical collection of everyday items (buttons, carpenter nails, magazines, fabric, food containers, etc.) "can provide concrete examples to help students construct a concept of change."

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The Makah: Exploring Public Issues during a Structured Classroom Discussion


--Bruce E. Larson
Students have to think on two levels: they must deliberate about a current issue (Native rights to small-scale whaling) and develop reasons to defend their thinking; and they must reflect on the discussion process itself.

  • publications.socialstudies.org/yl/1001/100102.html
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The Makah: Exploring Public Issues during a Structured Classroom Discussion


--Bruce E. Larson
Students have to think on two levels: they must deliberate about a current issue (Native rights to small-scale whaling) and develop reasons to defend their thinking; and they must reflect on the discussion process itself.

  • publications.socialstudies.org/yl/1001/100102.html
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The Makah: Exploring Public Issues during a Structured Classroom Discussion


--Bruce E. Larson
Students have to think on two levels: they must deliberate about a current issue (Native rights to small-scale whaling) and develop reasons to defend their thinking; and they must reflect on the discussion process itself.

  • publications.socialstudies.org/yl/1001/100102.html
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Adobe Bricks: Building Blocks of the Southwest


--Byron Augustin and Michael Bailey

Students get dirty making adobe brick, just like those in the Palace of Governors in Santa Fe, New Mexico--the oldest continuously occupied building in the U.S. Also includes quiz "Tough Stuff" building materials; and book review of "Mud Matters."

This URL downloads all 16 pages of Middle Level Learning as a pdf of about 1.0 MB:
* http://members.ncss.org/mll/12/mll12.pdf

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Adobe Bricks: Building Blocks of the Southwest


--Byron Augustin and Michael Bailey

Students get dirty making adobe brick, just like those in the Palace of Governors in Santa Fe, New Mexico--the oldest continuously occupied building in the U.S. Also includes quiz "Tough Stuff" building materials; and book review of "Mud Matters."

This URL downloads all 16 pages of Middle Level Learning as a pdf of about 1.0 MB:
* http://members.ncss.org/mll/12/mll12.pdf

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Adobe Bricks: Building Blocks of the Southwest


--Byron Augustin and Michael Bailey

Students get dirty making adobe brick, just like those in the Palace of Governors in Santa Fe, New Mexico--the oldest continuously occupied building in the U.S. Also includes quiz "Tough Stuff" building materials; and book review of "Mud Matters."

This URL downloads all 16 pages of Middle Level Learning as a pdf of about 1.0 MB:
* http://members.ncss.org/mll/12/mll12.pdf

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"Dear Teacher": Letters on the Eve of the Japanese American Imprisonment


--Yoon Pak
Historical background and lesson ideas using primary source: short compositions written by American middle school students of Japanese descent as requested by their principal, Mr. Sears, in Seattle Washington on December 8, 1941 and then again in March, 1942. (Two handouts included.)

This URL downloads all 16 pages of Middle Level Learning as a pdf of about 1.0 MB. See pp. 10-15.
* http://members.ncss.org/mll/12/mll12.pdf

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Dancing the Circle: An Introduction to Powwows


--Karen D. Harvey
The powwow is a way people who are not American Indians can learn about the importance of the circle in Indian thought and life.

This URL downloads all 16 pages of Middle Level Learning as a pdf of about 0.8 MB:
* http://members.ncss.org/mll/14/mll14.pdf

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