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Uncovering Immigrants’ Stories: It All Begins With Picture Books


--Andrea S. Libresco, Jeannette Balantic, and Jonie C. Kipling
To deepen students' thinking about immigration, the authors designed a gallery walk activity and an oral history interview that build upon the reading of children's literature.

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Changing Faces: Your State Hero in the U.S. Capitol


--Dennis Denenberg
Each state has a statue of one of its notable citizens displayed in the U.S. Capitol. Learn about this collection, read your state hero's biography, and/or propose a new hero!

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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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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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“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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The Art and Science of Diplomacy: A World War I Activity


James J. Sheehan
This simulation of events leading up to World War I helps students understand the role of diplomats in managing international crises.

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Documents Related to the Flu Pandemic of 1918 (Teaching with Documents)


--Raphael Mazzone and Lee Ann Potter
As World War I neared its end, a worldwide epidemic claimed more victims than the war itself. The two featured documents recall the loss of life and havoc in the United States.

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Affidavit in the Case of [em]Orville and Wilbur Wright vs. Glenn H. Curtiss[/em]


--Kahlil G. Chism and Lee Ann Potter
Orville and Wilbur Wright were not the only inventors working on airplane innovations. But the Wright brothers’ patent gave them a tremendous advantage and inhibited manufacturers from producing planes for a time just before World War I.

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Affidavit in the Case of [em]Orville and Wilbur Wright vs. Glenn H. Curtiss[/em] (Teaching with Documents)


--Kahlil G. Chism and Lee Ann Potter
Orville and Wilbur Wright were not the only inventors working on airplane innovations. But the Wright brothers’ patent gave them a tremendous advantage and inhibited manufacturers from producing planes for a time just before World War I.

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Alien Enemy Registration During World War I (Teaching with Documents)


--Helen Divjak and Lee Ann Potter
German immigrants who had not yet become citizens of the United States found their world turned upside down by a presidential proclamation declaring them enemy aliens in World War One.

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