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The “Starving Time” Wikinquiry: Using a Wiki to Foster Historical Inquiry

By Jeremy D. Stoddard, Mark J. Hofer, and Molly G. Buchanan

Highlighting a wikinquiry on the Jamestown colony’s ‘starving time,’ the authors demonstrate a wiki’s power to promote student collaboration, enhance communication, and improve construction of knowledge.

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Letter from a Young Boy Following the Panay Incident (Teaching with Documents)

By Trevor K. Plante and Lee Ann Potter
The featured 1937 letter from a Japanese primary school student apologizing for the sinking of the USS Panay by Japanese aircraft provides an entry into the study of U.S.-Japanese relations before World War II.

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Child’s Letter to President John F. Kennedy about Physical Fitness (Teaching with Documents)

By Missy McNatt
The featured letter from a nine-year-old boy to JFK will highlight the need to promote physical fitness in our schools, and can ignite class discussions of issues such as federalism, Title IX, and the overall health of Americans.

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Keynesian, Monetarist and Supply-Side Policies: An Old Debate Gets New Life

By M. Scott Niederjohn and William C. Wood
Keynesian fiscal policy—out of fashion with economists and policymakers for decades—has enjoyed a revival under President Obama’s new economic policy team, but competing approaches also have their advocates.

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