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The 24 free lessons from Understanding Fiscal Responsibility (UFR): A Curriculum for Teaching about the Federal Budget, National Debt, and Budget Deficit (www.teachufr.org) connect students to the current public policy dilemmas about the federal budget, national debt, and budget deficit that confront the United States and its citizens. These 1-2 day lessons are not interdependent and are appropriate for students ranging from grades 9–12 in Civics/Government, Economics, U.S. History/Geography, World History/Global Studies/Geography, and Mathematics.

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What are the best ways to teach a U.S. history course thematically?

David Lindquist

Thematic instruction in history has much to offer, especially given the demand to "cover everything" during high school history courses, an approach that leads to surface level treatment of many topics. Thematic instruction allows the teacher to provide in-depth coverage of carefully selected topics because, while time does not allow this approach for all topics, the teacher can choose a few topics to develop more fully than is the norm.

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“The World Hangs in the Balance”: George C. Marshall and the European Recovery Plan

--Rachel Yarnell Thompson
This retrospective on the Marshall Plan for post-World War II Europe offers an assessment of a successful U.S. reconstruction program that benefited both the donor and the recipients.

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Buttons to Bumper Stickers: Political Campaign Memorabilia (Teaching with Documents)

--Lee Ann Potter
From George Washington to George W. Bush, politicians have used campaign memorabilia to capture the attention of voters. By studying these items, students can learn a great deal about historical issues and candidates.

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Robert E. Lee's Demand for the Surrender of John Brown (Teaching with Documents)

--Daniel F. Rulli
John Brown’s raid on Harpers Ferry--considered treasonous by some and heroic by others--helped strengthen the anti-slavery movement. Students can gain a deeper understanding of this event by studying General Lee’s demand for Brown’s surrender.

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An End and a Beginning: The Fiftieth Anniversary of [em]Brown v. Board of Education[/em] (Looking at the Law)

--James H. Landman
Fifty years ago this May, the Supreme Court decision on the case of Brown v. Board of Education changed the course of American history. Here is the background to the judgment that outlawed segregation policies in public schools.

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