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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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Saturday, December 3, 2016 -
1:30pm to 2:30pm

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.

Teaching in the Post-Election Period

(Posted November 23, 2016)

Resources from the NCSS Publications Archive to support your continuing instruction.


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

Saturday, December 3, 2016 -
5:00pm to 6:00pm
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.

Bridging Reading and Writing through C3 Inquiry

The right combination of primary and secondary sources will create an inquiry bridge between disciplinary reading and analytical writing

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The Great Thanksgiving Listen: Tag It for NCSS!

Make Thanksgiving a meaningful celebration by inviting your students to participate in this nationwide oral history project, which is supported by NPR and the Library of Congress, where interviews can be posted.
NCSS members can help us create a collection of 2016 NCSS living-memory narratives by reminding their students to tag their Great Thanksgiving Listen recordings with the keyword "NCSS."

Engaging the Community: Building an Oral History Program

Saturday, December 3, 2016 -
10:30am to 11:30am
Using a Vietnam oral history project as a reference, this session will engage teachers in learning how to construct an oral history program, including ways to involve the community in the process and creating a product for the public.

"What Happened Needs to be Told": Fostering Critical Historical Reasoning in the Classroom

Friday, December 2, 2016 -
3:45pm to 4:45pm
In a history of the Vietnam War, what should be emphasized, and what glossed over or omitted? This session examines how a ninth grade class responded to this question. The presenter will discuss how their favorite answer—to allot more space to all points of view—falls short of what a critical approach to historical investigation requires.

Reconceptualizing the Teaching of Mexican American Contributions in U.S. History: A Case Study on Mendez v. Westminster

Friday, December 2, 2016 -
11:15am to 12:15pm
This presentation will focus on how to teach the contributions of Mexican Americans in historically and racially complex ways. Using Mendez v. Westminster as a case study, we will explore: 1) Mexican Americans unique racial status in the U.S. 2) how school district officials used loopholes to segregate Mexican American students, and 3) how Mexican Americans challenged those legal loopholes.


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