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Mar 24, 15

Background information for Boko Harum lesson. This is for teachers, not students

Mar 24, 15

Extensive collection of articles for Geography teachers building their background knowledge and preparing for lessons. Great way to prepare for student questions and to ensure the validity of content

Mar 23, 15

This interview with Erik Larson seems to break new ground, but only to the people who hadn't heard this before. The fact that the British were tracking the submarine that sank the Lusitania has been public for some time, but it has never made it into general knowledge or contemporary understanding. The question for teacher is - do you include this?

Mar 23, 15

Even though reading is to most history teachers a luxury denied by the tyranny of their schedule and an ever growing list of mandates), Rick Pearlstein's three volume opus on the conservative movement of the 1960s through 1980s should be on their reading list. This excerpt should convince US History teachers that these books are worth their time.

Mar 20, 15

Something can be learned by looking directly into the eyes of the past - and these photographs will help teachers lead students through that process. Click through the decades linked on the right

Mar 19, 15

Conversations with students about scheduling and course levels should always include a question about their direction in life. Using this target you can help them find what they want to do. College has nothing at all to do with this

Mar 18, 15

Six steps students can consciously engage in to increase reading comprehension. Many students do one or some of these, but not in a conscious step by step manner. Every AP teacher should distribute material like this at the start of the school year. The imprimatur of "Harvard" ought to sell the value.

Mar 18, 15

Well scaffolded and presented four document DBQ on the causes of the dust bowl. Documents each come with analysis questions and all feed into structured approach to building thesis and assembling evidence

Mar 17, 15

This 3 minutes of film was made on May 1, 1954 on Pier 54. Passengers arrive at the pier and the ship is loaded - much of the film was shot from a nearby building at deck level. Although this is watermarked it can be shown as students come in the room for that "start of world war I lessn"

Mar 15, 15

Excellent article for teachers that places the East India Company in context. Read not only for background, but for a couple of factoids, quotes and paintings used in the article.

Mar 15, 15

Simply a "must-do" lesson in which students read well-selected, edited and presented documents (Portuguese text book from 1994, ship captain, ship doctor and slave autobiography) to corroborate their information and test their reliability. Excellent lesson from SHEG

Mar 15, 15

Each state in this map shows the name of the country that has roughly the same size as that state - for example, California is about the same size as Iraq

Mar 14, 15

Article explores the manifestation of critical thinking skills in the classroom.

Mar 13, 15

The literal meaning of "coincident" always raises some interesting surprises (like Columbus and Martin Luther), yet perhaps only adults recognize the curiosity. This chart of US Presidents will show you how their lives overlapped. Throwing it up on the screen can spark a quick discussion with student that may be worthwhile. AP History students revising for the test could use this also.

Mar 12, 15

A great example of the connection of one oppressed people with another is the story of the Choctaw nation's gift of $170 to the starving people of Ireland in 1847.

Mar 12, 15

Starting off by having students read Walt Whitman and Sherman's letter to Atlanta, this lesson has students analyze date rich maps of the south to look at the conditions after the war, then read primary source documents organized by state. This lesson will take a day or two, but will be well worth it.

Mar 11, 15

Aside from George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King is one of the most iconic figures in US History education curricula. The "I have a Dream" speech is perhaps the single most recalled factoid ever. But how many students know that the FBI wrote an anonymous letter to Martin Luther King telling him to kill himself? How many adults know that?

Mar 11, 15

As much as teacher want to show the crowds at Woodstock, showing students the people who couldn't make it there might have a greater impact. For just one weekend, Bethel, the site of the festival, became the third largest city in the state of New York

Mar 11, 15

Would you believe that the design of statute that sits atop the US Capitol was the subject of debate because of slavery? Would it help to know that it was put into place when Jefferson Davis was the Secretary of War? Art historian Vivien Fryd explains how the Statue of Freedom, the bronze statue atop the U.S. Capitol dome in Washington, D.C., was altered to accommodate the sectional and racial politics of antebellum America.

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