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"Beyond Pilgrim Hats and Turkey Hands: Using Thanksgiving to Promote Citizenship and Activism"

--Erica M. Christie and Sarah E. Montgomery
The authors share four strategies to help teachers reinvigorate their Thanksgiving lessons with rich social studies content aimed at promoting citizenship and activism.

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The Greensboro Sit-In: When Students Took Charge

--Eric Groce, Tina Heafner, and Katie O’Connor

Three college students, who read about and discussed recent civil rights protests, decided to try a sit-in at a local lunch counter on February 1, 1960. The idea caught on with young people. Why did this nonviolent method work at this time and in this place? Five teaching activities are outlined; on-site photos included.

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Turn Out Those Lights! The Merchant Marine and U-Boat Lane, 1942

--Caroline C. Sheffield and Andrew J. Nichols
As an editorial cartoonist, Dr. Seuss alerted his readers to German submarine attacks along the east coast of the United States in May 1942. Student handouts provide 3 cartoons, charts that tally lost ships, and lyrics to a folk song about the Merchant Marine.

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Highlights in History: Teaching with Differentiated Instruction

--Kay A. Chick

The author describes three examples, illustrating how teachers can differentiate classroom activities by

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A Living History Classroom: Using Re-Enactment to Enhance Learning

--Mark L. Daniels
Teachers and students can bring history to life by donning period clothing or carrying objects common in past eras to engage students and enhance classroom presentations.

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Remember The Alamo? Learning History with Monuments and Memorials

--Alan S. Marcus and Thomas H. Levine
Studying monuments and the political, ideological, or social perspectives they represent advances students’ historical thinking skills while highlighting for them the subjective nature of history.

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It is My Desire to be Free: Annie Davis’s Letter to Abraham Lincoln and Winslow Homer’s Painting ... (Teaching with Documents)

--Michael Hussey and Elizabeth K. Eder
A study of the featured document and painting will give students a greater understanding of the multi-step process of emancipation and the changing relationship that developed between freed slaves and former slave owners.

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The Constitution by Cell (Teaching with Documents)

--Stephanie Greenhut and Megan Jones
A pilot program at the National Archives challenges students to determine how certain documents illustrate the Constitution “in action,” then create digital stories using cellular phones and web tools.

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