NCSS Online Teachers' Library
Memory of a Nation: Effectively Using Artworks to Teach about the Assassination of President John F. KennedySubmitted by Jennifer Bauduy on Thu, 01/19/2012 - 12:06pm
--Elizabeth K. Eder
Artwork, such as the featured pieces related to the Kennedy assassination, can teach students both content and core historical thinking skills.
--Kim E. Barbieri
A well-designed graphic organizer combined with original documents can help students tackle issues of racism, segregation, and civil unrest.
The featured letter to President Truman about the murder of an NAACP official can be used as a springboard into the exploration of the civil rights struggle and violence, as well as the issue of presidential powers.
A painting inspired by the 1960 court-ordered escort of Ruby Bridges into a New Orleans school offers an entry point into the study of the civil rights movement and a significant event in American legal history.
Students learn about a farm workers' union, its current struggles, and then write letters to Mr. Chavez.
Years later, their hand-written letters appear in lesson plans at the website of the Cesar E. Chavez Foundation.
--Bárbara C. Cruz
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.
The two featured documents from the 1940s offer insight into the African American struggle for economic opportunity in the South and can help teach about the greater civil rights movement.
--Eric C. Groce, Tina Heafner, and Elizabeth Bellows
A lesson exploring the Pledge of Allegiance, its history and the addition of the phrase “under God,” can serve as a jumping off point into major themes of U.S. history and First Amendment freedoms.
--Bruce A. Ragsdale
Newly available online documents about the trial of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg offer students a unique opportunity to investigate, analyze, and craft their own narratives about this high profile Cold War espionage case.
By James D. Gwartney and Joseph Connors
The current economic crisis is primarily a story about unintended consequences and what happens when the incentive structure is damaged by unsound institutions and policies.