Educating for Democracy Deep Dive
The Civic Engagement Research Group’s Educating for Democracy Deep Dive is a curated collection of videos accompanied by educational resources related to preparing youth for civic and political life in the digital age. It provides a way for educators to see civic education in action and to find resources to support their efforts.
The Geo-Inquiry Process relies on using a geographic perspective, offering a unique lens to analyze space, place, and the interconnections between both the human and natural world.
Gilder Lehrman released a summer issue of History Now, which focuses on the History of U.S. Immigration Laws.
Live Up is a new resource launched by the Medal of Honor Foundation. It is specifically targeted to teens. The six value categories and three levels of difficulty are independent and interchangeable. Everyone can progress at their own speed on any topic or any level at any time. Benefits for those who complete activities are points that can be redeemed for T-shirts, backpacks and much more. Meanwhile, Lifetime Points accumulate, which can be used to apply for a $5,000 college scholarship or other opportunities.
Marginalization of Social Studies graphic
This graphic provides support on the importance of teaching social studies, especially in the elementary grades. It is a product of the Social Studies Collaborative.
Mission US: An Interactive Way to Learn History
Mission US engages students in the study of transformational moments in American history. Each mission consists of an interactive game and a set of curriculum materials that are aligned to national standards and feature document-based activities. (Thanks to Melania Stuthard, Revere Middle School)
My Casemaker is a new resource from Bean Creative. The resource is geared for sixth through eighth graders and features 20 pre-made civics challenges using primary sources from the Library of Congress.
National Portrait Gallery poster and lesson
In honor of its 50th anniversary, the National Portrait Gallery announces the creation of teaching posters of Kehinde Wiley’s portrait of President Barack Obama and Amy Sherald’s portrait of former First Lady Michelle Obama. The portrait gallery invites K-12 teachers to submit a request for these free teaching posters for classroom use. (Link provided by teacher Sean Brennan)
Ohio Constitution on display at the Statehouse
Ohio’s two constitutions (1802 and 1851) are now on display in the Statehouse. Ohio is the first state to permanently have a public display of its constitution in the state capitol.
This resource from the Library of Congress provides a random photo from the collection. Participants get 10 guesses to try to figure out the year of the photo. This could be a great resource for teaching historical thinking and using clues from images.
Steven Van Zandt’s TeachRock project brings rich, multimedia educational materials to teachers and students everywhere–at no cost. The lesson plan collections and resources help teachers engage students by connecting the history of popular music to classroom work across the disciplines, from social studies and language arts to geography, media studies, science, general music, and more.
Teaching Central America
Teaching Central America is a website that has several resources for teaching about Central America. This includes lessons, books, poetry, quizzes, and more.
Tools for Teaching about the Middle East
The Middle East Studies Center at Portland State University has a wealth of resources for teaching about countries in the Middle East.
25 Live Cams to Bring You the World
This blog post from National Geographic provides links to 25 links to live cams around the world. These include Brazil, Japan, Hawaii, Canada, Scotland, Abu Dhabi, and more.
Veterans National Education Program
V-NEP seeks to enlighten people by providing historically accurate, media-rich, educational resources with a focus on events “as seen through the eyes of veterans”. They have hundreds of resources on veterans’ issues and wars and the Global Awareness Map. The map includes links to information about every country in the world as well as short videos to explain the government, economy, culture and more about that country.
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Teachers, we invite you to forward resource websites you have used in the classroom to share in this newsletter. We do not include websites with URLs that end in “.com.” We will acknowledge who provided the resource. Please identify the content statement(s) and grade or high school course it is associated with. Send to Dwight Groce at the email address below.