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Changing Faces: Your State Hero in the U.S. Capitol

--Dennis Denenberg
Each state has a statue of one of its notable citizens displayed in the U.S. Capitol. Learn about this collection, read your state hero's biography, and/or propose a new hero!

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Analyzing Historical Political Cartoons: Helping Students With Diverse Learning Needs Analyze Primary Sources

--Grant R. Miller
Students analyze drawings available at one of three kid-friendly,online collections of political cartoons.
As they analyze, corroborate, and synthesize information, students are following the steps of UDL, Universal Design for Learning.

This PDF is the September 2011 issue of MLL, about 3 megabytes. See page 13.

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Letter to President Harry Truman about the Murder of Harry T. Moore

--Megan Jones
The featured letter to President Truman about the murder of an NAACP official can be used as a springboard into the exploration of the civil rights struggle and violence, as well as the issue of presidential powers.
* http://www.socialstudies.org/sites/default/files/publications//se/7506/7...

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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://www.socialstudies.org/sites/default/files/publications//se/7506/7...

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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://www.socialstudies.org/sites/default/files/publications//se/7506/7...

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