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A Pocketful of History

--Sherry L. Field and Linda D. Labbo
Read a biography. Then examine "pocket contents." In Lincoln's vest pocket? A draft for a speech, theater tickets, and a photograph of his family, among other items. "Artifacts" are suggested for the pockets of Benito Juarez (president of Mexico), Grandma Moses (artist), Mary McLeod Bethune (black educator), and others.

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50 Ideas in 50 Minutes: Great Ideas from NCSS Award Winners

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Moderator and Facilitator: Kristy Brugar, Associate Professor, Social Studies Education University of Oklahoma in Norman, OK

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