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A Pocketful of History

--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.

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Was the Constitution Pro-Slavery? The Changing View of Frederick Douglass

By Robert Cohen
Many have questioned whether the document on which our nation is based sanctioned slavery. But renowned abolitionist Frederick Douglass, who originally condemned the Constitution, came to view it in a much different light.

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Foreign Policy Research Institutes' (FPRI’s) professional development opportunities for high school history and social science teachers include a History Institute on “Why Does America Go to War?” on March 25-26, 2017. Learn about it at
March 28, 2017 - 7:00pm to March 30, 2017 - 8:00pm

Building upon theory & research from multiple fields including social studies, African American studies & African Diaspora studies, this 2-part series outlines pedagogical & curricular considerations for teaching Black history across the Diaspora. Learn how Black history education can be used to effectively engage in anti-racism and racial literacy in the social studies classroom; and be introduced to digital resources available for teaching Black history for both in-service and preservice social studies educators.

March 7, 2017 - 7:00pm to March 9, 2017 - 8:00pm

Students develop their literacy skills while extracting the necessary historical content from text. Learn how to create an engaging and beneficial curriculum around the concept of narrative and connections, in which students can bridge together the short excerpts, aka "dots", provided to read intently in class in order to see and understand the bigger picture.

February 21, 2017 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm

Get an introduction to the Digital Public Library of America's (DPLA) free, curated, vetted classroom-ready resources and learn techniques and strategies for creative classroom implementation that supports differentiation for diverse learners, cross-curricular learning, and C3-driven inquiry-based analysis.


Resources on the Electoral College

On Monday, December 19, 2016, the members of the Electoral College in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia met to cast their votes for President and Vice President. Here are some resources to help introduce and discuss the Electoral College in class.


This session introduces the ​Soundbreaking​ curriculum. The educational materials give students a vibrant history of popular music that allows a deeper discussion a bout the ways technology has changed our lives.

Music for Learning and Inquiry: The Hot 100+ Song Activities

Experience classroom music and media activities to help diverse students inquire and learn about history, current issues, world cultures, civics, and social justice. Packets provide ready-to-use activities.


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