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We Are Living History: Reflections of a New York City Social Studies Teacher

--Joan Brodsky Schur
The attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, had a profound impact on the nation and the world. A social studies teacher chronicles the events as they happened in her own neighborhood in lower Manhattan.


At Risk of Prejudice: Teaching Tolerance about Muslim Americans

--Karima Alavi
Common misperceptions about the religion of Islam threaten to distort views of Muslim Americans and their convictions. The author answers questions about the Muslim faith, community, and beliefs.


At Risk of Prejudice:The Arab American Community

--Zeina Azzam Seikaly
As Arab Americans face growing resentment from segments of the U.S. population, how can we protect our Arab American students from encountering such prejudice, educate all our students about the Arab American community, and emphasize tolerance over bigotry?


Debating War and Peace in Washington Square Park

--Robert Cohen, Diana Turk, and Emily Klein
This sampling of comments posted in Washington Square Park after September 11 shows that, along with sadness and anger, a democratic spirit is alive and well in New York City.


In War, Is Law Silent? Security and Freedom After September 11

--Ed O’Brien
From airport security to wiretapping to racial profiling, in times of crisis, how do we balance the desire for personal freedom with the need for national security?


Identifying with Ancestors: Tracking the History of America

by Josephine Barry Davis
Students and teachers construct a timeline of U.S. history, on which they insert entries for events in the lives of students' families.


How To Do It: Oral History Projects

--Kathryn Walbert
This pullout details the planning, teaching, and assessing of oral history projects in grades K-3 and grades 4-6. Includes ten steps on how students can conduct an interview, and explains why such projects are so valuable and memorable.


Bridging the Years: An Intergenerational History Project

--Rahima Wade, Diane Gardner, Paul Doro, and Sandy Arendt
Children often lack meaningful connections with the elderly. This article describes ideas for developing intergenerational activities to enrich the social studies curriculum.


Visiting and Interviewing Older Adults: Service-Learning in the Sixth Grade

--Alison Parker
Oral history interviews give deeper meaning to visits with the elderly, strengthening the academic content of service learning.
Also includes "Preparing Young People for Longer Lives in an Aging Society" by Donna P. Couper and Fran Pratt.

This URL downloads all 16 pages of Middle Level Learning as a pdf of about 0.65 MB:


Teaching About Immigration, Past and Present

--Susan Pass
Interviewing first generation parents, or writing about their own immigrant experiences, generates memorable results. Ten key interview questions.

This URL downloads all 16 pages of Middle Level Learning as a pdf of about 0.67 MB:


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