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The Great Communicator Files

Students will learn a great deal about the process of presidential speechwriting when they study primary documents related to well-known speeches such as President Reagan's Omaha Beach Memorial Remarks.

Puritan Day: A Social Science Simulation

Eighth-grade students gain a greater understanding of social control and tyranny when they participate in a Puritan Day simulation.
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1889 Consular Dispatch from Baghdad

The featured document from the first U.S. consul in Baghdad serves as an excellent point of departure for studying the nineteenth century links between the United States and the Middle East.
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Lessons from History: Defining Moments in the American Presidency and Foreign Policy

A close look at two critical presidential moments of the twentieth century will help students grasp the significance of foreign policy in an election contest.
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Teaching Historical Analysis and Thinking Using the Internet

The websites highlighted in this column offer lesson plans, activities, and resources for teaching students to analyze the past and make better decisions about the future.

Letter from a Young Boy Following the PanayIncident

The featured 1937 letter from a Japanese primary school student apologizing for the sinking of the USS Panay by Japanese aircraft provides an entry into the study of U.S.-Japanese relations before World War II.
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Images of Struggle and Triumph: Using Picture Books to Teach about the Civil Rights Movement in the Secondary Classroom

Picture books often address complex topics and can provide a visually arresting approach for teaching secondary as well as special needs students.
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The Starving Time Wikinquiry: Using a Wiki to Foster Historical Inquiry

Highlighting a wikinquiry on the Jamestown colony's 'starving time,' the authors demonstrate a wiki's power to promote student collaboration, enhance communication, and improve construction of knowledge.
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Historicalthinkingmatters.org: Using the Web to Teach Historical Thinking

The featured web-based resources focus on teaching students how to read historical

Window Into the White House

The digital resource highlighted in this article offers students a window into the policymaking and personalities of six presidents as they negotiate complex and challenging historical events.
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