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Building a Commitment to Social Justice: A Collaboration between DePaul University's College of Education and Facing History and Ourselves

Learn how and why DePaul's College of Education chose to work with Facing History and Ourselves to prepare teachers, counselors, and school leaders for educating students in a multicultural world.

Bienvenida! Social Studies Inquiry for English Language Learners

Are you overwhelmed with the prospect of teaching historical inquiry to non-native English Language Learners? Come learn research-based strategies to make social studies inquiry accessible to students of all cultures.

A Revolutionary Education

Harness the power of educational technology with these strategies to provide students the ability to explore and think critically about the past, the community, and the world.

9-11 Inside the Pentagon

On September 11, 2001, Flight 77 slammed into the Pentagon, killing 184 people. What happened behind the walls of the Pentagon is a largely untold chapter in history. Fifteen years later, survivors and first responders shed light on that tragic day. Visit
Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Understanding Sacrifice: U.S. Soldiers in World War II

“Understanding Sacrifice: An ABMC Education Program about World War II in Northern Europe” is a free online collection of classroom activities related to World War II, found online at Created by 18 teachers from around the world, each activity was made by researching the life of one fallen American hero from that war who is buried in an American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) cemetery in Europe. There are activities for science, art, and history.

Labor Union History & Impact Today

How do labor unions work? What impact have they had on the course of history, particularly in the United States? As the American Federation of Teachers celebrates its 100th anniversary, "Share My Lesson" has curated a collection of lesson plans, activities and resources to help explore the role of labor unions with K-12 students. Take a look at how labor unions strive to address fairness in the workplace. Help students explore some of the social justice issues they have fought for.

Forgotten Ellis Island

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PBS/ Boston Film & Video Productions
This is the first film (and companion book) to be produced about the immigrant hospital on Ellis Island. Opened in 1902, the hospital grew to 22 medical buildings that sprawled across two islands adjacent to Ellis Island, the largest port of entry in the United States. Massive and modern, the hospital was America's first line of defense against contagious,

Friday, July 1, 2016 to Saturday, July 30, 2016

History Matters: An Institutional Approach Examination of the U.S. Constitution

Studying the evolution of the Constitution can help young people appreciate how choices made by their ancestors continue to impact our economy today.
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Comparing International Textbooks to Develop Historical Thinking

This lesson plan offers students the opportunity to compare how American and Vietnamese textbooks portray specific events of the Vietnam War.

Using Music to Teach about the Great Depression

Students will gain new perspectives on the socio-economic circumstances of the Great Depression through an analysis of song lyrics of the time.
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