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Highlights in History: Teaching with Differentiated Instruction


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--Kay A. Chick

The author describes three examples, illustrating how teachers can differentiate classroom activities by
(a) students’ readiness, (b) student interests, and (c) learning preferences. These books are used in the teaching examples -- "1968" by Michael Kaufman; "I’ll Pass for Your Comrade: Women Soldiers in the Civil War" by Anita Silvey; and "Great Peacemakers: True Stories from Around the World" by Ken Beller and Heather Chase (the latter includes chapters on M.L. King Jr., H. D. Thoreau, and several other Americans).

The URL below will download an entire issue of MLL that is about 5.6 MB in size.

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Even Wars Have Laws: Upholding an American Tradition


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--TJ Adhihetty
The earliest American leaders upheld basic protections for civilians, prisoners of war, and sick and injured combatants. Such principles can serve as a guide today as we address difficult questions like the treatment of detainees and the issue of torture.
* http://publications.socialstudies.org/se/7405/7405259.pdf

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Using Community Cookbooks as Primary Sources


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--Cynthia Williams Resor
A close study of community cookbooks illustrates economic, cultural, and technological trends over time, such as shifts in food production, preparation, and consumption.
* http://publications.socialstudies.org/se/7501/75011130.pdf

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A Call for Wikipedia in the Classroom


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--Mark Kissling
Rather than battle Wikipedia’s stronghold in students’ lives, teachers should seize the opportunity to teach students how to read Wikipedia through a critical lens.
* http://publications.socialstudies.org/se/7502/752201160.pdf

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Wikipedia: Does it Have a Place in Research?


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--Ann Claunch
Wikipedia can provide useful facts for a summary report, but the anonymity and quantity of authors is problematic for historical research.
* http://publications.socialstudies.org/se/7502/752201165.pdf

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Confronting Stereotypes


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--Carol Buswell
Primary-source documents can provide students with fresh perspectives on topics often laden with stereotypes—such as the issue of Native Americans and treaty rights.
* http://publications.socialstudies.org/se/7506/7506310.pdf

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Dealing with Disaster through Compassionate Giving: San Francisco Earthquake Survivors Write to President Theodore Roosevelt, January 3, 1909


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--Michael Hussey
The featured letter from a San Francisco couple seeking to help earthquake victims in Italy can serve as a jumping off point into the study of natural disasters and emergency relief efforts.
* http://publications.socialstudies.org/se/7506/7506314.pdf

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Analyzing Historical Political Cartoons: Helping Students With Diverse Learning Needs Analyze Primary Sources


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--Grant R. Miller
Students analyze drawings available at one of three kid-friendly,online collections of political cartoons.
As they analyze, corroborate, and synthesize information, students are following the steps of UDL, Universal Design for Learning.

This PDF is the September 2011 issue of MLL, about 3 megabytes. See page 13.

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Helping Students Visualize the Process of Change with Historic Images (Sources and Strategies)


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--Stephen Wesson and Cheryl Lederle

The featured photographs by Lewis Hine can help launch a lesson about child labor reform and demonstrate how public debate can fuel legislative action.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/se/7706/7706292.pdf

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They Should Have Sent a Poet: Deepening Students’ Understanding of History Through the Use of Poetry


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--Christopher Lopez
The highlighted poems offer deep insights into three wars in which America was involved.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/se/7801/780116.pdf

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