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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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Exploring Vacation and Etiquette Themes in Social Studies (Book by NCSS Author)

Cynthia Williams Resor, Exploring Vacation and Etiquette Themes in Social Studies: Primary Source Inquiry for Middle and High School (New York: Rowman & Littlefield, 2017) 134 pages, hardcover $60; paperback and ebook $30.
National History Day is looking for Judges for the National Contest 2017. About 500 judges are needed to evaluate the projects.
National History Day (NHD) is a yearlong program that engages students in grades 6-12 in rigorous historical research about a topic of their choice. The result is a host of interesting projects that are evaluated at competitions beginning with the local level. Students who advance to state/affiliate contests and are successful there move on to the National Contest, which is held in June at the University of Maryland, College Park.
March 14, 2017 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm

UArts created a guide to studying photographs, meant for use in the classroom or as inspiration for teachings. It helps users build visual literacy skills - making meaning of images through analysis and interpretation, and using images effectively. Using the TPS Analysis Tool, we will analyze a portrait, a street scene and a recreational image.

Complimentary for NCSS Members


10 Buildings that Changed America (PBS)

A state capitol that Thomas Jefferson designed to resemble a Roman temple, the home of Henry Ford’s first assembly line, the first indoor regional shopping mall, an airport with a swooping concrete roof that seems to float on air — these are among the buildings surveyed in this cross-country journey to 10 influential works of American architecture.
Meet the daring architects who imagined them and learn the shocking, funny and even sad stories of how they came to be. They changed the way we live, work, worship, learn, shop and play. Geoffrey Baer hosts.
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 10:00pm

Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise (American Masters/PBS)

The exclusive U.S. broadcast premiere of the first feature documentary about author/activist Dr. Maya Angelou, "American Masters -- Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise," airs Tuesday, February 21 at 8 p.m. on PBS (check local listings)--the day Malcolm X was assassinated back in 1965. He and Dr. Angelou's work together are discussed in the film, which features new interviews with Dr. Angelou (filmed just before her death in 2014), Oprah Winfrey, Common, Bill and Hillary Clinton, and others.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 8:00pm

Nannie Helen Burroughs and Institution Building: Reclaiming the History of Black Women in the Social Studies Curriculum

Studying the school for young Black women founded by Nannie Burroughs can launch an engaging discussion on institution building as a tool for social justice.

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The Status of Black History in U.S. Schools and Society

This special issue offers approaches for improving the teaching of Black history.

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The Library of Congress is now accepting applications for its week-long summer institutes for K-12 educators. Held at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., this professional development opportunity provides educators of all disciplines with resources and strategies to more effectively integrate primary sources into K-12 classroom teaching. Each session will focus on pedagogy, with an emphasis on supporting student engagement, critical thinking, and construction of knowledge.


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