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Teaching the Civic Rights Movement through the Eyes of Young Participants

Teaching about the civil rights movement in the elementary grades has, in many schools, focused exclusively on the lives of Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks. Many students are well versed in the content of King’s “I Have A Dream” speech, and they know well that Rosa did not give up her seat on the bus.

Active Engagement in the Social Studies Classroom

Explore instructional techniques and best practices of active learning that empower and immerse students more deeply in the learning experience with relevant and engaging student-centered activities.

Defeat: An American History

Thinking about big picture American history, we tend to focus on themes like victory, expansion, and progress. What happens if we focus on defeat? How have perceptions of defeat changed?


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