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Political Civility in the Age of Reagan

--Janet Tran with Tony Pennay and Krista Kohlhausen
The centennial of Ronald Reagan’s birth offers an opportunity to engage students in lessons about the importance of political civility.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications//se/7501/75011145...

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Teaching about Racial Segregation in Postwar America using [em]Black Like Me[/em]

--Richard L. Hughes
The memoir of a white journalist who disguised himself as an African American in the pre-civil rights South provides students with greater insight into the evolution of segregation in American society.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications//se/7501/75011122...

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Draft of the Constitution (August 1787) and Schedule of the Compensation of the Senate of the United States (March 1791) / TWD

--Michael Hussey and Stephanie Greenhut
The two featured documents can serve as a starting point for a lesson on public service while students debate the amount of pay that public servants should receive.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications//se/7501/75011107...

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Cloture Motion to Cease Debate on 1964 Civil Rights Bill (Teaching with Documents)

--Lee Ann Potter
Students will gain a deeper understanding of legislative tactics like the filibuster when they study the featured document—the Senate motion that broke a 55-day filibuster against the Civil Rights Act.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications//se/7406/74061028...

Advocating for Abolition: Staging an Abolitionist Society Convention

--Andy Robinson and Joan Brodsky Schur
This simulation illustrates for students that the most complex debates in American history are not necessarily between those for and against social change, but among those who agree on the goal, but disagree on the means.
*http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications//se/7404/

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Even Wars Have Laws: Upholding an American Tradition

--TJ Adhihetty
The earliest American leaders upheld basic protections for civilians, prisoners of war, and sick and injured combatants. Such principles can serve as a guide today as we address difficult questions like the treatment of detainees and the issue of torture.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications//se/7405/7405259.pdf

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A Bus Ride Across the Mason-Dixon Line in the Era of Jim Crow

--John A. Stokes with Steven S. Lapham
Students gain a deeper understanding of the segregation period through this classroom simulation, in which randomly-assigned cards determine whether volunteers sit or stand during a long, interstate bus trip.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications//se/7405/7405266.pdf

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The Bystander’s Dilemma: How Can We Turn our Students into Upstanders?

--Lauren Woglom and Kim Pennington
By studying moments in history where bystanders made a difference, teachers can motivate students to think critically in the face of social dilemmas.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications//se/7405/7405254.pdf

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Supreme Court Review (Looking at the Law)

--Charles F. Williams and Catherine Hawke
Recent Supreme Court decisions generated surprising controversy, from gun control to First Amendment issues. In 2011, the Court will weigh in on cases dealing with the hiring of illegal immigrants, protests at soldiers’ funerals, and selling violent video games.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications//se/7405/7405243.pdf

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Memorandum about the First Nixon-Kennedy Debate (Teaching with Documents)

--David L. Rosenbaum
A memo from John Kennedy’s press secretary to Richard Nixon’s press secretary prior to the first televised presidential debate in history serves as a jumping off point for studying the major issues of the 1960 election.

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