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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

NCSS Journals for Spring!

The March/April issues of Social Education and Social Studies and the Young Learner will soon arrive in mailboxes, and the articles are posted online now. A few articles are "open access," free PDFs at www.socialstudies.org/publications/archives.

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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Origins: Current Events in Historical Perspectives (OSU online magazine)

Origins: Current Events in Historical Perspectives is a free, on-line magazine that includes articles, podcasts, short “milestones,” and Top Ten lists produced by some of America’s leading historians -- and all connecting the past with the present. Origins covers the globe.
The magazine is designed for use in high school and college classes in American history, world history, current events, and contemporary politics. It is a joint production of the history departments at Ohio State University and Miami University. You and your students can find it at origins.osu.edu.

Engaging Congress, an Interactive Game (CRG/IU)

The Center on Representative Government at Indiana University has launched "Engaging Congress," an interactive game that uses primary-source documents to explore the workings of American government and the challenges it faces in contemporary society. The app-based game is available to middle school and high school government, history, language arts and social studies programs as a fun tool for teaching the basic tenets of representative government, using documents and materials from the Library of Congress and other sources.

MLK Jr. Day/Black History Month

A collection of lesson plans and useful links are here. A photo shows Taylor Branch, Andrew Aydin, and U.S. Representative John Lewis at the NCSS Annual Conference in St. Louis, Missouri, November 2013. Branch is author of "The King Years: Historic Moments in the Civil Rights Movement." Aydin is the co-author of Lewis's illustrated autobiography, "March (Books I-III)." High school lessons include

Decoding the Civil War (Huntington Libraries/NHPRC consortium)

The U.S. Civil War still captures, as does Abraham Lincoln’s presidency, the imagination and passion of young and old. While perpetually fascinating, with all we know and have learned, there is still much to discover with new materials, new stories. Decoding the Civil War is an online resource for multiple grade levels that invites students to examine actual telegram messages and place them in social and historical context.

Mindful Consumerism (Facing the Future)

The holidays are a good time to think about consumption, specifically, the impact that our own consumption has on the environment and our fellow humans. "Consumerism is related to consumption but it describes a particular worldview related to our consumption patterns. Everyone must consume resources like food and water in order to survive. Such resources are critical to human survival. However, we also consume resources for personal enjoyment, such as for entertainment and leisure, or maybe to treat yourself, or a friend with a gift.

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