NCSS Online Teachers' Library
--Mary E. Haas, Barbara Hatcher, and Cynthia Szymanski Sunal
Introducing young students to some of the main facets of a national election (past and present): What is an opinion survey? What is democracy? How do we learn about the candidates? Is the election fair? How are Votes cast and counted? What happens at a national debate? etc.
--Kelly Schrum and Lynne Schrum
The Internet "is a tool for helping students engage with history and bring their understanding of the past to the present in new, exciting ways.
--Sherry L. Field and Linda D. Labbo
Read a biography. Then examine "pocket contents." In Lincoln's vest pocket? A draft for a speech, theater tickets, and a photograph of his family, among other items. "Artifacts" are suggested for the pockets of Benito Juarez (president of Mexico), Grandma Moses (artist), Mary McLeod Bethune (black educator), and others.
--Audrey C. Rule and Cynthia Szymanski Sunal
How can you tell that something is old? A historical collection of everyday items (buttons, carpenter nails, magazines, fabric, food containers, etc.) "can provide concrete examples to help students construct a concept of change."
An interdisciplinary teaching team has students investigate ways that historical figures handled difficulties in their lives and went on to success.
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John J. DeRose
Students learn how local history has coincided with national events and trends when they create scrapbooks to document the history of their high school.
Gary Fertig and Rick Silverman
Creating biography webs helps young learners recognize how people, economic conditions, and significant events shaped the personal development of historic individuals.
Teachers can use this selection of campaign ads to help students analyze various aspects of political propaganda.
When students are challenged by National History Day to probe into history’s unanswered questions, they sometimes become the first to provide the answers.
Financial constraints and testing pressures have forced many school districts to cut back on field trips to museums. But with traveling trunks, museums are making sure that students still have access to primary source artifacts.