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18 Apr 14

American culture at the end of the 19th century. The decades follwing the Civil War witnessed remarkable and widespread changes in the United States. It is a period in which the corporate culture of today found its proliferation in all aspects of culture -- politics, education, family, and the arts.

18 Apr 14

This collection photographs taken just after 1900 are shown in high definition and allow students to see plains Indians as there were in the late 19th century.

18 Apr 14

This alternative view of Abraham Lincoln shows what the Mohawk nation thought of the Spielberg movie by pointing out Lincoln's role in the Homestead Act and the largest mass-execution in the history of the United States,

18 Apr 14

This is a collection of paintings of Native Americans that demonstrate the changing conception of Native Americans by white settlers over time.  Showing these paintings to students and asking them what they see, might lead them to this understanding

18 Apr 14

In January of 2014, the last native speaker of the Chickasaw language died. When we teach the Trail of Tears, we should include mention of this and perhaps explore the issues raised by this article.

18 Apr 14

Students may not believe that a man and wife went to jail for getting married in Virginia in 1958. This ordinarily would not be a crime, but Mildred was African-American and RIchard was not. This Supreme Court decision is used as the basis for attacks against laws forbidding same-sex marriages. Comprehensive collection of articles, artifacts and documents from the "Famous Trials" site at the University of Missouri - Kansas City

15 Apr 14

If you doing one of those "who done it?" lessons about the start of WOrld War I, make sure students are exposed to what authorities in the field think. There's no better way that to show the power of interpretation in history. You'll know you're successful with this lesson if students won't accept your facts verbatim. It's a great way to teach, but you have to be willing to throw out some of your test questions.

15 Apr 14

Photo collection of women working in factories in Great Britain during World War I. This could serve a 1:1 classroom "Do Now" introductory activity in which students study the pictures for details. or they can be used as material for a DBQ.

12 Apr 14

On one hand, guessing the tweets of a runaway slaves is ridiculous when the device that allows them to do it would have a GPS more useful than the north star to find a way to freedom. On the other, it seems like a terribly creative way to capture the minute by minute terror and desperation of the escape like nothing else can.

12 Apr 14

What better way that to introduce history that examining events explicitly through the lens of the world today. This Atlantic article does that with the Black Death. Great ancillary reading.

  • The corpses lay on top of each other, separated by thin layers of clay, "just as one makes lasagna with layers of pasta and cheese," in the words of a 14th-century Florentine chronicler historian, Ole J. Benedictow cites in his studies on the impact of Black Death.
12 Apr 14

Kathy Swan, associate professor in the University of Kentucky College of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction, recently did a TED Talk for the Kentucky Department of Education on her framework for social studies education. This video describes the C3 Framework.

12 Apr 14

The new standards from New York state are build upon the framework of the National Council of Social Studies and the C3 Framework

10 Apr 14

Blog post lesson plan that shows the process through which this teacher started with the DBQ project's question on Gettysburg using primary document and statistics, the had students create infographics and videos using animoto. Creative approach that's worth consideration

09 Apr 14

Comic shows how much changes how quickly. Google docs are exactly one month younger than the iphone. 7 years in tech is an epoch

08 Apr 14

Google's Cultural Institute's collection of images and primary documents documenting the history of the Civil Rights Act. Great for research Web Quests and teachers looking for images. Material is presented in a timeline.

08 Apr 14

Google's Cultural Institute's collection of images and primary documents documenting the history of the Civil Rights Act. Great for research Web Quests and teachers looking for images

08 Apr 14

Did Beethoven really count 60 coffee beans to make his first cup of coffee everyday? Does that explain his creative gift? This chart won't answer that question, but it will give you an easy way to compare and contrast the daily schedules of 16 creative people. Did Kant get more sleep than Ben Franklin? Who spent more time at work - Dickens or Darwin?

06 Apr 14

This music video parody takes a song by One Republic and morphs it into the American Revolution. "Too Late To Apologize: a Declaration" may catch the fancy of some students

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