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Congress Investigates: Pearl Harbor and 9/11 Congressional Hearing Exhibits (Teaching with Documents)


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--Christine Blackerby
The study of the two featured documents will illustrate for students the importance of Congress’s power to investigate as part of a system of checks and balances established by the Founders.
* http://publications.socialstudies.org/se/7504/7504175.pdf

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Afghanistan, the Taliban, and Osama bin Laden: The Background to September 11


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--The Choices Program, Brown University
Ten years after 9/11, the United States is still fighting a war in Afghanistan against the Taliban. This article details key issues and events including the rise of the Taliban and the emergence of Osama bin Laden as a global terrorist figure.
* http://publications.socialstudies.org/se/7504/7504185.pdf

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A Gift to America after 9/11: A Lesson for Young Learners (Elementary Education)


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--Robert A. Waterson and Mary E. Haas
The present from the Maasai people to the American people described in a picture book offers an ideal opportunity for teaching young students about 9/11 in a manner that highlights global citizenship and compassion.
* http://publications.socialstudies.org/se/7504/7504191.pdf

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Teaching Difficult Topics with Primary Sources


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--Lee Ann Potter
The featured documents illustrate the value of primary sources as points of entry into challenging subjects.
* http://publications.socialstudies.org/se/7506/7506284.pdf

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


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--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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National Day of Listening Comes to Midland, Michigan: A StoryCorps Project


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--Ann Burke

NPR's StoryCorps can be a opportunity for students to conduct an oral history project, or interview people about their daily experiences, or survey opinions regarding a current event. This project involved team teaching.

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National Day of Listening Comes to Midland, Michigan: A StoryCorps Project


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--Ann Burke

NPR's StoryCorps can be a opportunity for students to conduct an oral history project, or interview people about their daily experiences, or survey opinions regarding a current event. This project involved team teaching.

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National Day of Listening Comes to Midland, Michigan: A StoryCorps Project


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--Ann Burke

NPR's StoryCorps can be a opportunity for students to conduct an oral history project, or interview people about their daily experiences, or survey opinions regarding a current event. This project involved team teaching.

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Uncovering Immigrants’ Stories: It All Begins With Picture Books


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--Andrea S. Libresco, Jeannette Balantic, and Jonie C. Kipling
To deepen students' thinking about immigration, the authors designed a gallery walk activity and an oral history interview that build upon the reading of children's literature.

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Changing Faces: Your State Hero in the U.S. Capitol


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--Dennis Denenberg
Each state has a statue of one of its notable citizens displayed in the U.S. Capitol. Learn about this collection, read your state hero's biography, and/or propose a new hero!

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