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Teaching about Racial Segregation in Postwar America using [em]Black Like Me[/em]


--Richard L. Hughes
The memoir of a white journalist who disguised himself as an African American in the pre-civil rights South provides students with greater insight into the evolution of segregation in American society.
* http://publications.socialstudies.org/se/7501/75011122.pdf

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Political Civility in the Age of Reagan


--Janet Tran with Tony Pennay and Krista Kohlhausen
The centennial of Ronald Reagan’s birth offers an opportunity to engage students in lessons about the importance of political civility.
* http://publications.socialstudies.org/se/7501/75011145.pdf

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Memory of a Nation: Effectively Using Artworks to Teach about the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy


--Elizabeth K. Eder
Artwork, such as the featured pieces related to the Kennedy assassination, can teach students both content and core historical thinking skills.
* http://publications.socialstudies.org/se/7506/7506296.pdf

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Hear My Voice! Teaching Difficult Subjects with Graphic Organizers


--Kim E. Barbieri
A well-designed graphic organizer combined with original documents can help students tackle issues of racism, segregation, and civil unrest.
* http://publications.socialstudies.org/se/7506/7506301.pdf

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Letter to President Harry Truman about the Murder of Harry T. Moore


--Megan Jones
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.
* http://publications.socialstudies.org/se/7506/7506322.pdf

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Norman Rockwell’s “The Problem We All Live With:” Teaching Bush v. Orleans Parish School Board


--Tiffany Middleton
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.
* http://publications.socialstudies.org/se/7506/7506329.pdf

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Dear César Chávez: Writing Persuasive Letters in the Sixth Grade


--Maggie Beddow
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.

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Operation Pedro Pan: The Flight to Neverland for 14,000 Cuban Children


--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.
* http://publications.socialstudies.org/se/7701/77011323.pdf

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A. Philip Randolph’s Attempt at Equal Economic Opportunity: A Case Study (Teaching with Documents)


--Joel Walker
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.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/se/7704/7704174.pdf

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“Under God” and the Pledge of Allegiance: Examining a 1954 Sermon and Its Meaning


--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.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/se/7704/7704185.pdf

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