NCSS Online Teachers' Library
--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.
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.
--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.
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.
Wikipedia can provide useful facts for a summary report, but the anonymity and quantity of authors is problematic for historical research.
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.
Dealing with Disaster through Compassionate Giving: San Francisco Earthquake Survivors Write to President Theodore Roosevelt, January 3, 1909Submitted by Jennifer Bauduy on Thu, 01/19/2012 - 1:00pm
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.
Analyzing Historical Political Cartoons: Helping Students With Diverse Learning Needs Analyze Primary SourcesSubmitted by Steven Lapham on Tue, 03/13/2012 - 11:15am
--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.
--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.
They Should Have Sent a Poet: Deepening Students’ Understanding of History Through the Use of PoetrySubmitted by Jennifer Bauduy on Mon, 04/07/2014 - 3:59pm
The highlighted poems offer deep insights into three wars in which America was involved.