A unique online tool helps students analyze documents from opposing perspectives, weigh each source’s significance, and come to evidence-based conclusions.
Dealing with Disaster through Compassionate Giving: San Francisco Earthquake Survivors Write to President Theodore Roosevelt, January 3, 1909Submitted by Jennifer Bauduy on Thu, 01/19/2012 - 1:00pm
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.
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.
--Kim E. Barbieri
A well-designed graphic organizer combined with original documents can help students tackle issues of racism, segregation, and civil unrest.
Memory of a Nation: Effectively Using Artworks to Teach about the Assassination of President John F. KennedySubmitted by Jennifer Bauduy on Thu, 01/19/2012 - 12:06pm
--Elizabeth K. Eder
Artwork, such as the featured pieces related to the Kennedy assassination, can teach students both content and core historical thinking skills.
“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 HistorySubmitted by Jennifer Bauduy on Thu, 01/19/2012 - 12:03pm
--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.
--Lee Ann Potter
The featured documents illustrate the value of primary sources as points of entry into challenging subjects.
--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.
--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.
The NCSS Publications archives and a number of educational websites offer excellent lesson plans that can help teachers prepare for Constitution Day.