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May 23, 16

In this hyperdoc lesson, students create a Google map of twenty locations across the United States and are directed to add information about each location and describe their thinking process in choosing that location.

This hyperdoc can serve as a model for any other "across the United States" map lesson in which students review and choose locations for a stated purpose, then find content which explains that purpose.

May 22, 16

Like Cal Newport's Deep Work and the growth of mindfulness, this article points to the challenge of living in the information age. There's simply too much of it. We need to stop, revisit, consider and reconsider to get out of the maelstrom of books, articles, pictures and videos we're immersed in.

May 20, 16

Each set includes a topic overview, ten to fifteen primary sources, links to related resources, and a teaching guide.

May 18, 16

Professor Stephen Berry talked about coroners in the 19th century South. He discussed the role of a coroner as an agent of the state and talked about the records created from coroner inquests. He argued that coroners can shed light on the emerging patterns of death within a society and spot potential threats to public health such as diseases or a lack of industrial safety.

May 18, 16

Collecting extant coroners' inquests for the state of South Carolina between 1800 and 1900, "CSI: Dixie" provides rare glimpses into Victorian-era suicide, homicide, infanticide, abortion, child abuse, spousal abuse, master-slave murder, and slave on slave violence. Coroners’ inquests are some of the richest records we have of life and death in the nineteenth century South. As mortals, we all die, but we do not die equally. Race, place, gender, profession, behavior, and good and bad luck play large roles in determining how we go out of the world.

May 18, 16

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

May 17, 16

This article provides a review and analysis of research targeting the rift separating history written for adults and the historical texts aimed at K-12 audience...

May 16, 16

Only a few inappropriate words and the quick mention of soldiers eating a dog make this troublesome for students, but for teachers it's 4 minutes well spent

May 16, 16

Although this might not be the source to use, the data point that the United States helped in the arrest of Nelson Mandela should be included in students's exploration of the period

May 13, 16

Although the Iran-Contra, arms for hostages deal of the Reagan administration can be used as a lesson itself, there is one sentence that could be used as part of a critical thinking lesson. "A few months ago I told the American people I did not trade arms for hostages. My heart and my best intentions still tell me that's true, but the facts and the evidence tell me it is not."

  • A few months ago I told the American people I did not trade arms for hostages. My heart and my best intentions still tell me that's true, but the facts and the evidence tell me it is not.
May 13, 16

In this case, a 7th grade social studies teacher at the Hudson Middle School in Hudson Wisconsin.

  • Rather than lectures, worksheets, and didactic instruction, it is through reasoning and thinking their way through the curriculum, that students really learn.
  • the rich and deep disciplines of the social studies are about more than recall, more than simply memorizing chronology, events, and names; they are ways of understanding, learning, and thinking about the world.
  • Whatever the activity we are doing in class, whether my seventh grade students are  moving between learning stations, engaged in an experiential exercise, or hypothezing about clues during in the mystery strategy, they will be involved in some degree of writing to improve understanding.
May 13, 16

This 1 min 30 sec video will change students' perspective and open their minds to a vision of the planet they are studying in Geography. Great to start off the year, and just as good as the close.

May 12, 16

This may help teachers show students that history leaves and breathes in many different forms around the world.

May 10, 16

History teachers who decry memorization in their colleagues science classes might realize they think the same about history too when it looks like this.

May 08, 16

One of the easiest timeline creators ever seen. Timelines provide a graphic understanding to chronological space in the way that maps provide graphic understanding to physical space. This tool allows students to put them together quickly

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