The featured documents from a WPA project that employed authors to write state travel guides will spark student interest in local history and can help launch a lesson on the Great Depression and New Deal programs.
The records of an immigrant accused of sedition during World War I can spark a classroom debate about national security and freedom of speech.
More than Superheroes and Villains: Graphic Novels and Multimodal Literacy in Social Studies Education
Caroline C. Sheffield, James S. Chisholm, and Penny B. Howell
The visual and textual techniques combined in graphic novels make these books ideal for teaching multimodal literacy, social studies content, and the process of crafting a historical narrative.
Finding out students' thoughts and feelings about class topics should be an essential part of any curriculum planning process.
Effective Integration of the Arts into the Social Studies
C. Frederick Risinger
The selected websites offer resources and ideas for incorporating the arts with traditional social studies content.
Monkeying around with Selfies and U.S. Copyright Law
The story of an Indonesian macaque who snapped selfies with a photographer's camera can serve as a jumping off point into an engaging lesson on intellectual property and the concept of copyright.
Background and Introduction: Lesson Plans on Children's Rights
William R. Fernekes and Noel Baxter
Studying the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child will engage students developing questions and planning inquiries about the situation of children worldwide.
What are Human Rights and How Can We Ensure Them?
This high school lesson plan introduces two essential UN human rights documents and challenges students to reflect on the causes of child exploitation and ways to reduce violations of children's rights.
Child Labor and Consumerism
In this lesson, middle school students consider the links between consumer decisions and child labor.
Becoming Ethical Consumers and Making Wise Economic Choices
Elementary students learn to distinguish between a need and a want and contemplate how their decisions as consumers affect other children.