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National History Day: Events and Free Teaching Resources

For thousands of students around the world, autumn marks the start of another chance to get excited about learning with the National History Day Contest. Students enter their projects in local level contests, with the top entries advancing to regional, state/affiliate, and finally, the National Contest in June 2018. Along the way, students compete for the gold medal in their category as well as honors, awards, and thousands of dollars in prizes and scholarships.

Hispanic Heritage Month (Library of Congress; NARA; NPS; et al.)

U.S. law (signed by Pres LBJ and then expanded by Reagan) designates September 15 to October 15 of each year as National Hispanic Heritage Month.
See the excellent -- with its vast collection of resources -- which is a collaboration of the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, and U.S. National Archives and Records Administration.

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Transcribing Historical Documents (M. Orelup/NH Citizen Archivists Initiative)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


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