US History

Evaluating Perspectives on Westward Expansion: Weighing the Evidence


--Stephanie Greenhut
A unique online tool helps students analyze documents from opposing perspectives, weigh each source’s significance, and come to evidence-based conclusions.
* http://publications.socialstudies.org/se/7506/7506317.pdf

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Dealing with Disaster through Compassionate Giving: San Francisco Earthquake Survivors Write to President Theodore Roosevelt, January 3, 1909


--Michael Hussey
The featured letter from a San Francisco couple seeking to help earthquake victims in Italy can serve as a jumping off point into the study of natural disasters and emergency relief efforts.
* http://publications.socialstudies.org/se/7506/7506314.pdf

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Confronting Stereotypes


--Carol Buswell
Primary-source documents can provide students with fresh perspectives on topics often laden with stereotypes—such as the issue of Native Americans and treaty rights.
* http://publications.socialstudies.org/se/7506/7506310.pdf

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Hear My Voice! Teaching Difficult Subjects with Graphic Organizers


--Kim E. Barbieri
A well-designed graphic organizer combined with original documents can help students tackle issues of racism, segregation, and civil unrest.
* http://publications.socialstudies.org/se/7506/7506301.pdf

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Memory of a Nation: Effectively Using Artworks to Teach about the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy


--Elizabeth K. Eder
Artwork, such as the featured pieces related to the Kennedy assassination, can teach students both content and core historical thinking skills.
* http://publications.socialstudies.org/se/7506/7506296.pdf

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“I Didn’t Raise My Boy to Be a Soldier:” Ideas and Strategies for Using Music from the National Jukebox to Teach Difficult Topics in History


--Stacie Moats and Stephanie Poxon
As a favored outlet for self-expression, music is a valuable classroom resource for addressing complex topics such as different perspectives on war.
* http://publications.socialstudies.org/se/7506/7506291.pdf

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Teaching Difficult Topics with Primary Sources


--Lee Ann Potter
The featured documents illustrate the value of primary sources as points of entry into challenging subjects.
* http://publications.socialstudies.org/se/7506/7506284.pdf

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Eleanor Roosevelt and Civil Rights


--Toni Fuss Kirkwood-Tucker
Eleanor Roosevelt’s fearless advocacy of the rights of African Americans, and the public controversy this created, offer students an excellent window into the society and politics of the United States during the 1930s and 1940s.
* http://publications.socialstudies.org/se/7505/750511245.pdf

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Jourdon Anderson and the Meaning of Freedom in the Aftermath of Slavery


--Robert Cohen and Janelle Pearson
The featured letter from an emancipated slave to his former master illuminates the historical transition from slavery to freedom and is an excellent resource for classes in both history and literature.
* http://publications.socialstudies.org/se/7505/750511241.pdf

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Constitution Day Lesson Plans


The NCSS Publications archives and a number of educational websites offer excellent lesson plans that can help teachers prepare for Constitution Day.
* http://publications.socialstudies.org/se/7504/7504226.pdf

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