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Confederate Monuments: A Lesson Plan (Choices)

In this free online lesson, "History in Dispute: Charlottesville and Confederate Monuments," students will:
. * Understand the idea of historical memory,
. * Contextualize recent events in Charlottesville within a larger historical controversy,
. * Apply the concept of historical memory to the controversy over Confederate monuments, and
. * Appraise media sources that express a range of views on Confederate monuments.
To find this free teaching resource at the Choices webpage

Transcribing Historical Documents (M. Orelup/NH Citizen Archivists Initiative)

It’s like solving a puzzle!” was the consensus of students fascinated by transcribing letters of a Civil War soldier. They were using a curriculum developed for middle- and high-school classroom through a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, a division of the National Archives. The curriculum has been tested in classrooms and a summer camp. It is available on the website of the Historical Society of Cheshire County, who with Keene State College and Keene High School, comprised the grant team.

Negotiation Skills Game (George Siedel/UM)

“The House on Elm Street” is an exercise developed by Professor George J. Siedel with support from the University of Michigan.  It involves a transaction that students can easily relate to:  the sale of a house.  The twist in the exercise is that, unknown to the seller, the buyer is a secret agent representing a large company.  Each student receives a short (two-page) role as either the buyer or seller, and they negotiate for 30 minutes, followed by a debriefing.  The exercise is designed to achieve several learning goals.  For example, students will learn how to:

Confronting Antisemitism (M. Berson, USF)

Michael Berson, NCSS member, Editor of the Instructional Technology column in SOCIAL EDUCATION, and Professor at the University of South Florida writes, "As we start the semester, the responsibilities of educators in addressing hatred and discrimination are receiving national attention. I'd like to offer a few resources that provide background on how to confront antisemitism:
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, 'Confronting Antisemitism,

How to Confront White Supremacists (Lessons & First-Person Accounts)

These five articles (and a video) are all free on the Internet. Two are published by National Council for the Social Studies. They may be useful material for study and conversation in grades 7-12 this school year, 2017-2018. Please also refer to the "NCSS Response to the Tragedy in Charlottesville, Virginia," where related resources are also listed, at

A racist college student is gently confronted and converted by his classmates:
Eli Saslow, “The White Flight of Derek Black,” Washington Post (October 15, 2016). “Derek Black was already hosting his own radio show. He had launched a white nationalist website for children and

World War I Centennial Resources

This July, the presidents of the United States and of France are in Paris, together honoring the Americans who served in “The Great War,” which today we call World War I. A Bastille Day parade features the branches of the U.S. Military. “Every American can play a role and honor these World War I heroes. We invite you to visit for information on how to get involved with the efforts of the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission,” said Chris Isleib, Director of Public Affairs. Here are some related resources from NCSS.

Books by NCSS Members

These first-edition books have become available in recent weeks. Send notification of your recent book to, and we'll share it here, in the order received. Congratulations to these authors: Sarah K. Anderson, Bringing School to Life: Place-Based Edu

Polish-American Friendship in 1926 (Library of Congress)

In 1926, America celebrated the 150th anniversary of its Declaration of Independence. To mark the occasion, citizens of Poland – more than 5.5 million of them – signed a unique birthday card, "The Polish Declarations of Admiration and Friendship." Now, all 111 volumes containing more than 30,000 pages – many beautifully illustrated or accompanied by photographs – are digitized and accessible on the Library of Congress website.

Model UN for High Schools (American University)

Your school is invited to attend the fifth session of the American University Model United Nations Conference (AmeriMUNC). Early next year, February 2-4, 2018, AmeriMUNC will be held on American University's campus in Washington, DC. These summer months -- July and August -- are the time to get your principal and social studies department chair enthused about this great experience for your students.


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