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Researching Our School’s History


--Amy Trenkle
Challenging eighth grade students to "investigate a bit of history that they interact with every day--the history of their own school" leads to critical thinking . . . and interesting discoveries. This issue includes a brief description of an oral history project, "Our School as Living History" by Candyce Sweda.

This URL downloads all 16 pages of Middle Level Learning as a pdf of about 0.8 MB:
* http://members.ncss.org/mll/34/MLL34.pdf

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Using Cartograms to Explore the Electoral College: Comparing 1908 with 2008


--Peter William Moran, Kimberly Dawn Miller, and Kurk Aegerter
Students create "data maps" as they learn about cartography, the Electoral College, historical presidential elections, and how U.S. demographics changed over the course of a century. This issue includes "Maps, Representations of the Earth, and Biases" by
Peter C. Cormas, and "How Politicians Gerrymander" by Steven S. Lapham.

This URL downloads all 16 pages of Middle Level Learning as a pdf of about 0.8 MB:
* http://members.ncss.org/mll/36/MLL36.pdf

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Tracking a Hurricane: A Mapping Exercise in Real Time


--Donna Kay Mau
A classroom activity (in geography/history/current-events) for September of any year. Other items recall the "mighty storms" of Galveston (1900) and St. Croix (1772)--which a young islander, Alexander Hamilton, witnessed and wrote about (see Handout p. 16).

This URL downloads all 16 pages of Middle Level Learning as a black-and-white pdf of about 3.0 MB:
* http://members.ncss.org/mll/11/MLLMayJune2001.pdf

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Tracking a Hurricane: A Mapping Exercise in Real Time


--Donna Kay Mau
A classroom activity (in geography/history/current-events) for September of any year. Other items recall the "mighty storms" of Galveston (1900) and St. Croix (1772)--which a young islander, Alexander Hamilton, witnessed and wrote about (see Handout p. 16).

This URL downloads all 16 pages of Middle Level Learning as a black-and-white pdf of about 3.0 MB:
* http://members.ncss.org/mll/11/MLLMayJune2001.pdf

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One Step at a Time: A Landmine Removal Initiative


--Mark Hyman
An interdisciplinary project teaches students about the human costs of past and current wars. Mines and UXO (unexploded ordnance) continue to injure civilians long after a conflict has ended. (See p. 10-15)

This URL downloads all 16 pages of Middle Level Learning as a black-and-white pdf of about 3.0 MB:
* http://members.ncss.org/mll/11/MLLMayJune2001.pdf

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The Other September 11: Teaching about the 1973 Overthrow of Chilean President Salvador Allende


--Katy Benedetto, Alexandra Lamb, and Robert Cohen
With the help of primary sources, teachers can give students the opportunity to reflect on the complexity and contradictions of U.S foreign policy by introducing them to Chile’s September 11.

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The Meaning of Memory: Establishing the Martin Luther King, Jr., Holiday


--Mira Cohen
Some memorable days in our nation’s history are declared holidays, while others are considered days of remembrance. This article explores the process of establishing a holiday to commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr.

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A Crossword Puzzle for Higher-Order Thinking


--James Monack
Challenge your students with this crossword puzzle about the Revolutionary Era, or fashion your own about any era of history, with the use of a website's puzzle generator. This 32-page issue of MLL also includes a review of a book about community activist Jane Jacobs, who fought against "urban renewal" schemes in the 1960s, as well as and article (featured cover image) about a curious incident with tulips during the Dutch Golden Age (1600s).

This URL downloads all 16 pages of Middle Level Learning as a pdf of about 2 MB:

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Teaching Presidential Impeachment


--Jean A. Luckowsi and James J. Lopach
An issues-centered approach to impeachment can help students to both appreciate the wisdom of our constitutional framework and understand why such strong differences over how to interpret the Constitution emerged in the recent debate over impeaching President Clinton.

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Since You Asked: Remembering America’s Veterans


--Barbara Hatch
Through the Arizona Heritage Project, students work to document their local history and preserve the stories of Arizona’s military veterans.

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