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Afghanistan, the Taliban, and Osama bin Laden: The Background to September 11

--The Choices Program, Brown University
Ten years after 9/11, the United States is still fighting a war in Afghanistan against the Taliban. This article details key issues and events including the rise of the Taliban and the emergence of Osama bin Laden as a global terrorist figure.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications//se/7504/7504185.pdf

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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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“Life in a Jar”: A National History Day Project that Touched the World

--Norman Conard
After learning about a Polish woman who saved 2,500 Jewish children during World War II, students in Kansas created a play for National History Day that is still being performed today, more than 10 years later.

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The Other September 11: Teaching about the 1973 Overthrow of Chilean President Salvador Allende

--Katy Benedetto, Alexandra Lamb, and Robert Cohen
With the help of primary sources, teachers can give students the opportunity to reflect on the complexity and contradictions of U.S foreign policy by introducing them to Chile’s September 11.

One Step at a Time: A Landmine Removal Initiative

--Mark Hyman
An interdisciplinary project teaches students about the human costs of past and current wars. Mines and UXO (unexploded ordnance) continue to injure civilians long after a conflict has ended. (See p. 10-15)

This URL downloads all 16 pages of Middle Level Learning as a black-and-white pdf of about 3.0 MB:
* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/mll/11/MLLMayJune...

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World War I Posters: Thinking Critically about History and the Media

--Tom Carty
Students' abilities to analyze pictures vary just as their reading skills do. Handouts with four propaganda images challenge students to apply what they have learned about history. See pp. 9-15.

This URL downloads all 16 pages of Middle Level Learning as a pdf of about 0.9 MB:
* http://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/mll/31/MLL31.pdf

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State Social Studies and History Standards

The National History Education Clearing House has made available a database of state social studies and history standards, searchable by state and grade.

http://teachinghistory.org/teaching-materials/state-standards

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