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Bill of Rights (TAH)

Preparing students for responsible citizenship begins with a solid understanding of the content and meaning of the Bill of Rights.
Teaching American History (TAH.org) strives to make that task easier through this easy-to-use exhibit. A highlight of the exhibit is an interactive chart tracing the documentary and political origins of each of the rights in the Bill of Rights.

Speeches at the Press Club (LOC)

The Library of Congress has a new curated web presentation—“Food for Thought: Presidents, Prime Ministers, and other National Press Club Luncheon Speakers, 1954-1989” (loc.gov/rr/record/pressclub/)—that features speeches by some of the world’s most important newsmakers, including presidents, international leaders and other political and cultural icons of the period. Most of these select speeches from the Library’s National Press Club Collection have not been heard in their entirety since they were initially delivered.

Teaching with Digital History (AHA)

The American Historical Association recently launched "Teaching with #DigHist," a new review series targeted at history instructors from primary to graduate school focused on how to use digital history projects in the classroom. Each review provides an overview of the project, ideas on how to use it in the classroom and sample assignments.
This is a free resource. The best landing page is: https://www.historians.org/teaching-and-learning/teaching-resources/teac....

Interactive Constitution

The Interactive Constitution (created by the Constitution Center) is now available free from the App Store and Google Play, so teachers and students can carry the Constitution with them at all times. Visit the website (constitutioncenter.org/interactive-constitution). Then get the app on Google Play or download it in the App Store.

"Madaya Mom": Free Teaching Guide about Syria

Madaya Mom: The story of One Mother's Unimaginable Struggle for Survival is the story of a Syrian family in an online, comic-book format. Since journalists and cameras weren't able to gain access to the besieged town Madaya, ABC News began relying on dispatches from a Syrian mother for insider information. The news network decided to team up with Marvel Comics to create a free digital comic of her stories.

Global Migration, Diversity, and Civic Education

Books by NCSS Members

James A. Banks, Marcelo Suarez-Orozco, and Miriam Ben-Peretz. Global Migration, Diversity, and Civic Education: Improving Policy and Practice (Multicultural Education Series). New York: Teachers College Press, 2016. Paperback, $44.95, 256 pages.

Hispanic History and Heritage

More than four million Central Americans reside in the United States today, yet a lack of resources on Central American heritage in many schools makes the rich history and literature of the region "invisible." A Teaching for Change website hosts a collection of lessons, book lists, biographies of noted historical figures, and readings-- free for K-12 classroom teachers.

Teaching Statistics with the Census

The U.S. Census Bureau is bringing statistics into the classroom with Statistics in Schools (SIS)—its newly updated program that provides teachers with activities that use real census data. Teachers can incorporate statistics into their lessons regardless of what subject they teach or their experience level with statistics. Activities are designed for history, sociology, geography, and math classrooms—promoting cross-curricular education and showing that there is a place for data and statistics in all subjects.

No Impact (on the Environment) Lessons

The middle-level “No Impact Project” curriculum uses film and printed matter (including lesson handouts) to help middle and high school students explore the effects their everyday behavior has on the environment, their health, and their well-being. It will also challenge students to think about how the systems in our present society influence our lifestyle choices in ways that often are not good for environment. Finally, it will guide students to take action both individually and with others to bring about positive change.

Teaching Kit (What We Do at the Fed)

"What We do At the Federal Reserve," is a free teaching kit for grades 9-12. The Federal Reserve is often in the news, yet few Americans understand The Fed's role in our economy. This classroom kit gives teachers some hands-on activities to explain the role of the Fed. Developed by The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, this kit provides a curriculum guide that emphasizes key points teachers can highlight while studying topics like how prices, inflation, and how monetary policy affects our economy.

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