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Epidemics and Society’s Response (NCSS; The Vaccine Makers Project; CDC)

The year 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the Spanish flu epidemic, which killed about one-third of the human population on Earth. We also have, this year, an especially virulent strain of the flue to contend with. How society prepares for, and responds to, infectious diseases is the topic of these teaching resources.

Raphael Mazzone and Lee Ann Potter, “Documents Related to the Flu Pandemic of 1918,” Social Education 70, no. 7 (November/December 2006): 393–396. *** As World War I neared its end, a worldwide epidemic claimed more victims than the war itself. The two featured documents recall the loss of life and havoc in the United States. Open access: https://www.socialstudies.org/publications/socialeducation/november-dece...

Diane Luke and Ann Winkler, “The Saffron Scourge: Society, Politics and Disease,” Social Education 71, no. 1 (January/February 2007): 40–43. *** By taking a closer look at various yellow fever outbreaks, the authors demonstrate for students the social, governmental, and economic impact of epidemics upon cities. For NCSS members: https://www.socialstudies.org/publications/socialeducation/january-febru...

The Vaccine Makers Project ("Hilleman" film clip, resources, curriculum). Ironically, the very success of vaccines in the 20th century created a public policy dilemma: people have

Fighting for the Right to Fight: African-American Experiences in WWII

Furthering its mission to educate younger generations about the important lessons of World War II, the National WWII Museum is once again hosting a live-streamed Electronic Field Trip (EFT) for students across the country. [See the full listings of hours, below.]
Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Rock the Vote's Democracy Class is a one-period, civics education lesson plan that teaches high school students about the importance of voting, the history behind it, and registers them to vote. The program uses popular culture, video, a mock election, and classroom discussion to excite students about participating in our democracy and enable them to recognize the power that comes with voting.

Educators can download the materials needed to teach Democracy Class for free from http://rtvote.com/i7TIcv

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Was the Constitution Pro-Slavery? The Changing View of Frederick Douglass

By Robert Cohen
Many have questioned whether the document on which our nation is based sanctioned slavery. But renowned abolitionist Frederick Douglass, who originally condemned the Constitution, came to view it in a much different light.

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July 12, 2018 - 1:30pm EDT to July 15, 2018 - 1:30pm EDT
The Civil War Trust's annual National Teacher Institute brings together educators from all over the world. This four-day event includes workshops, lectures, and tours from some of the leading experts in the history and education fields. Educators will be immersed in a friendly, fun, and engaging learning environment, where they will be able to network with other educators while learning new and innovative teaching methods.
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3/16/2018
March 3, 2018 - 8:30am to 5:30pm

Join us in a one day, hands-on training, in which you will:

  • Investigate the history of Greek trireme technology and impact on society, culture, politics and economics, as well as explore the influence these same factors had on the technology itself.
  • Learn about ancient naval warfare from a professional Historian, gain access to free IDM resources including primary and secondary source materials, and participate in a hands-on activity with guidance and insight from a world history teacher.
  • Leave with an action plan in hand, which will empower you to incorporate the history of technology, and its social context, in your classroom.
Stevens Institute of Technology
1 Castle Point Terrace
Carnegie 316
Hoboken, NJ 07030
July 9, 2018 - 1:00pm EDT to July 13, 2018 - 1:00pm EDT
Be inspired this summer! Attend one of the Smithsonian American Art Museum's week-long institutes in Washington, D.C. Join educators from across the country for an exciting exploration of the connections among American art, social studies, history, and English/language arts. Museum professionals lead participants in interactive content sessions, gallery talks, and hands-on activities that use American art to make interdisciplinary connections and foster critical thinking skills.
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4/01/2018
November 4, 2018 - 12:00pm EST to November 9, 2018 - 12:00pm EST
Registration is open for Close Up's Election Week Programs! Critical to shaping politics and policy for years to come, the midterm elections are one of the most thrilling events in our nation's capital. Join other school groups from around the nation the week of November 4, 2018, and give your students a once-in-a lifetime experience.
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9/08/2018
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