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Echoes from the Wall (Vietnam War)

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF), the nonprofit organization that founded and preserves the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall, has released new curriculum materials that are available to teachers to teach Vietnam in their classroom. The "Echoes From The Wall" curriculum set explores the Vietnam War and era and includes14 lesson plans: background readings, in-class and extension activities tied to national learning standards, and lecture presentations incorporating primary source audio and video. The lesson plans cover a range of topics, from “Motivations for U.S.

Understanding Sacrifice: U.S. Soldiers in World War II

“Understanding Sacrifice: An ABMC Education Program about World War II in Northern Europe” is a free online collection of classroom activities related to World War II, found online at Created by 18 teachers from around the world, each activity was made by researching the life of one fallen American hero from that war who is buried in an American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) cemetery in Europe. There are activities for science, art, and history.

Labor Union History & Impact Today

How do labor unions work? What impact have they had on the course of history, particularly in the United States? As the American Federation of Teachers celebrates its 100th anniversary, "Share My Lesson" has curated a collection of lesson plans, activities and resources to help explore the role of labor unions with K-12 students. Take a look at how labor unions strive to address fairness in the workplace. Help students explore some of the social justice issues they have fought for.

Black Lives Matter: Teaching with the News

Looking for Open Education Resources (OERs) to incorporate into your curriculum? Brown University's Choices Program offers "Teaching with the News" online lessons that connect the content of your classroom to headlines in the news. Topics cover a range of domestic, foreign policy, and international issues. The Choices Program also produces short videos featuring leading experts — professors, policy makers, journalists, activists, and artists — answering questions that complement the curricular resources. Videos are tailored to fit a range of learning styles and abilities.
September 26, 2016 to September 27, 2016
Ohio council for the Social Studies for the 60th Annual Conference on September 26-27, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio at the Embassy Suites Columbus/Dublin.

UNICEF ACT Magazine for Kids

Today, an estimated 30 million children are on the run. They have fled their homes because of brutal violence, extreme poverty, or both. The newest edition of UNICEF ACT magazine for kids, “Children on the Move,” provides a comprehensive and child-friendly look at this global refugee crisis. Two separate publications are available for grades 3–5 and 6–8. Along with the magazines, educators can access teacher’s guides, supplemental activities, and ideas for taking action.

SOBA Report

The State of Black America (SOBA) is an annual report by the National Urban league that compares the status of blacks against whites (and Hispanics against whites), across a variety of indicators including education, economics, health, social justice and civic engagement. The report, now in its 40th edition, contains essays authored by nationally recognized scholars. Each essay is based on one of the areas measured in the report. Read it all free at

TeachMideast Website

The Middle East Policy Council's educational initiative, TeachMideast, aims to give high school teachers and students the tools and knowledge to become better-informed global citizens. Curriculum resources, classroom guides, in-depth essays, professional development opportunities, and film and book lists are all available.

Africa: Entry Points for Teaching

Free at an Education Week blog, this article, by Boston University’s African Studies Center, provides educators with relevant and interesting introductory video clips that begin to undermine stereotypes about Africa through African voices and a variety of narratives. It states, "The video resources we have included here are only entry points to teaching about Africa and work best when used to frame more in-depth discussion.

Play Like a Pirate: Engage Students with Toys, Games, and Comics

Quinn Rollins, Play Like a Pirate: Engage Students with Toys, Games, and Comics. San Diego, CA: Dave Burgess Consulting, Inc., 2016, Paperback, 164 pp., $24.95.

Here’s an informal book review, excerpts from a blog posting  (, by NCSS member Kaye Rizzuto (who teaches  8th and 9th grade U.S. History as well as AP Human Geography at Elk Ridge Middle School in South Jordan, Utah:


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