- 1812: Who Won the War? by Epoch Multimedia. Introducing a new social studies digital teaching resource for grades 6-12. This engaging classroom resource is the first in a dynamic series of eBooks called the 21st Century Toolkit: History of Canada-America Relations currently in development. If your social studies students have access to iPads, then the new digital textbook 1812: Who Won the War? is a must for your classroom. This leading-edge digital resource is designed specifically to create an engaging, interactive experience in today's history classrooms.
Please take time to learn more about 1812: Who Won the War? at http://www.warof1812ibook.com or buy it now at the Apple Bookstore https://itunes.apple.com/book/1812-who-won-the-war/id717238942?mt=13&v0=9988&ign-mpt=uo%3D for only $5.99.
- AntiquityNOW is calling for submissions by teachers in social studies and related fields depicting ancient/modern linkages for our website
- Arab Culture : "Arab Culture through Literature and Film." There are 5 units - Introduction to the Arab World, Religious Expression, Language and Ethnicity, Gender Roles, and Daily life: Kinship, Marriage and Family. You can use some or all of the activities/information. It's a great resource from Portland State University's Middle East Studies Center and Qatar Foundation International. http://middleeastpdx.org/arabculture/
- Ashbrook Center has compiled 50 Core Documents, conveniently packaged in eBook format . This list is meant to affirm the value and usefulness of reading original documents (as opposed to textbook summaries of major issues), and to introduce readers to America’s story as it has unfolded from the American Founding into the 20th Century. Each document tells us something important about the “American mind,” to borrow a term from Thomas Jefferson’s 1825 letter to Henry Lee; in other words, they reveal a certain turn of each author’s thought about the basic principles of economic, religious, or political liberty.
- Center for European Studies, UNC - Want to incorporate primary documents from WWI into your classroom? The Europeana 1914-1918 project brings together national and official archives, along with personal narratives, diary entries, post cards, photos, interviews, and propaganda from the first World War to provide insights from every point of view.
- The Choices Program-Brown University: Teaching Current Issues Next Year?
The Choices Current Issues Series includes 18 titles that make complex international issues meaningful for students. Using a student-centered approach, Choices units develop critical thinking and an understanding of the significance of history in our lives today—essential ingredients of responsible citizenship.
- Explore U.S.-Iran Relations
New videos with Jo-Anne Hart and Trita Parsi explore the history of U.S.-Iran relations, current negotiations over Iran's nuclear program, and domestic politics in both countries. These videos are an excellent supplement to The Middle East in Transition: Questions for U.S. Policy and The Challenge of Nuclear Weapons
- Social Studies and the Common Core
A Three-day Training for District Leaders
April 8-10, 2015
Brown University, Providence, RI
- Online Learning Module
Explore a Rich Historical Overview of U.S.-Russia Relations
Social Studies Excellence: The Choices Approach
Colonization and Independence in Africa: Details and Ordering Information
Colonization and Independence in Africa explores the changes colonialism imposed on African governments, economies, and societies. By focusing on four case studies, students consider the perspectives of Africans and the ways in which they responded to European colonialism and struggled for independence. The case studies in this curriculum highlight the experiences of people in present-day:
- The Democratic Republic of the Congo
Teaching with the News Lessons
The revolution that began in Egypt on January 25, 2011 continues to this day. Over the past three years, governments have come and gone. In public meeting spaces and universities, and on graffiti-marked walls, Egyptians continue to voice protest to a political system that has yet to achieve democracy.
The Egyptian Revolution: An Interactive Timeline Students will: Use This Lesson
- Review a timeline of events in Egypt over the past three years.
- Identify core themes of Egyptian protest movements.
- Work collaboratively with classmates.
Graffiti in Egypt's Revolution Students will: Use This Lesson
- Assess the role of graffiti in political protest.
- Use a short video to analyze the relevance of graffiti during the Egyptian revolution (January 2011-present).
- Articulate opinions on graffiti and censorship.
Unrest in Ukraine:
In recent months, hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians have participated in protests marked by uncertainty and violence. The violence has reached an all-time high with rising death tolls among protesters and the police. In response to this escalating conflict, we've developed a new online lesson to introduce students to the crisis. Use this Lesson
- The Choices Program - On Sale-Civil Rights iBooks Textbook for $3.99
Digital student texts, made exclusively for iBooks on the iPad and Mac, allow students to:
- Watch videos
- Highlight text
- Take notes
- Swipe through photo collections
For the month of July Freedom Now: The Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi iBook Textbook is only $3.99.
Browse all Choices iBooks Textbooks
Don't have iPads? See more about our eText classroom editions
Free Online Lesson
Oral Histories: Students in the Civil Rights Movement
In this free online lesson students will:
- Hear stories from former civil rights activists.
- Analyze what motivated students to join the movement and what their experiences were like as activists in SNCC.
- Consider the relevance of this history today.
Use This Lesson
Video of the Week
Charles Cobb a visiting professor at Brown University answers the question, What role did nonviolence play in the movement? Watch more videos on the Civil Rights Movement
- CHSSP's Current Context: Ukraine & Crimea
- Civil War Poster - Teachinghistory.org is pleased to announce the availability of a new FREE poster about the Civil War. The poster features an engaging collage of primary sources and related questions that get students thinking about how we know what we know about the past, especially in relation to our country’s most devastating conflict, the Civil War. As an added bonus, teachers can access an interactive version of the poster with links to teaching materials and websites related to the Civil War. View the poster and order copies at teachinghistory.org/civil-war-poster.
Teachinghistory.org is a leader in providing resources for K-12 history education. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Teachinghistory.org is a project of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason
University. To learn more, please visit teachinghistory.org/outreach.
- Constitutionally Speaking : NOW AVAILABLE - New Video Series and Companion Study Guide Aim to Bolster Civics Education in New Hampshire Schools
- Created Equal film sets - Libraries, churches and other groups in hundreds of cities and towns have received film sets of “The Abolitionists,” “Slavery by Another Name,” “The Loving Story,” and “Freedom Riders.” Together, these nationally acclaimed documentaries trace the story of the civil rights movement from its early period in the 1820s to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in 1967 overturning laws barring interracial marriage. The website provides not only selected film clips suitable for use in schools and other venues, but also extensive resources for community film screenings and public discussions reflecting on the civil rights movement in American history.
With funding from NEH, more than 400 communities across the nation will host public discussion programs with the Created Equal film sets over the next three years. The host institutions include public libraries, museums, NAACP chapters, African American heritage sites, and cultural centers. Individual venues have planned film screenings, book discussions, theatrical productions, interviews with former activists and intergenerational dialogues, exploring topics that range from the history of fair housing to women in the abolitionist movement.
An extensive section offers teachers opportunities to use the site to meet College and Career-Ready Standards. The site provides a
collection of background essays by distinguished civil rights scholars, lesson plans and annotation—including speeches, images and letters’ to stimulate and guide classroom discussions.
The resources are made available from the archives of the Gilder Lehrman Institute and EDSITEment, NEH’s award-winning K-12 educational website. Visit http://createdequal.neh.gov/
- Ed Tech Tools: What are the ed-tech tools that educators can’t live without? Each month, we’ll ask a different reader.
- Edgenuity launches new economics course
Edgenuity, a leading provider of online and blended learning solutions, is supporting the nationwide initiative to bring personal finance education to students with the unveiling of a new Economics course, available now. This course joins the company’s other offering in this area, Personal Finance.
- European Union “Guide for Americans” - New Publication: The European Union, a Guide for Americans
In December 2009, the European Union’s Treaty of Lisbon entered into force, ushering in an EU that is more efficient, more democratic, more transparent, more united, and more secure than ever before. The treaty’s provisions have modernized the EU’s operations, reinforced its capacity to take action, enhanced democratic processes within the EU, and given the EU a single voice in external relations.
The evolution prompted by the Treaty of Lisbon is only one of the many aspects of the European Union covered by this “Guide for Americans.” It also outlines the growth of the EU from its initial incarnation as the six-nation European Coal and Steel Community to today’s 27-nation partnership; the day-to-day functioning of the EU; the EU’s Economic and Monetary Union; the EU’s relations with the United States as well as other international actors; and signature EU policy areas.
Chapters of the publication:
1. Introducing the European Union
2. How is the EU Run? A Unique Governing System
3. The EU-U.S. Partnership
4. Economic and Monetary Union and the Euro
5. European Enlargement and the European Neighborhood: Europe Whole and Free
6. The EU on the World Stage - Policies, Tools, and Global Relationships
7. Signature EU Policies
To view the publication, please visit www.eurunion.org/eu/Guide-for-Americans/Guide-for-Americans.html. You can also order free hard copies (including classroom sets!) of the publication by visiting http://mpower.mosaicprint.com/EU/c-1-home.aspx
- EverFi has created three web-based learning courses to support social studies teachers around the country. EverFi's partnership based model allows them to bring this technology and the necessary implementation support to schools at no cost.
- Foundation for Teaching Economics (FTE) - Hot Topics
- Heifer International - Heifer International is a sustainable development organization, founded in 1944, that works to end world hunger and poverty and protect the earth. Through livestock, training and "passing on the gift," Heifer has helped 9.2 million families in more than 125 countries improve their quality of life and move toward greater self-reliance. Heifer helps build strong communities because each project participant agrees to pass on the gift of animal offspring, training, or skills to another family in need.
Heifer offers free standards-based curriculum materials to help K-12 educators teach about global issues, including hunger, poverty, environmental sustainability, global trade, and the interconnectedness of people, animals, and ecosystems all over the planet. Visit Heifer's website to order a free kit or download the materials, and while you’re there, check out the great experiments and online games! You can also bring your students to a learning center for a single day or overnight field trip to get a hands-on global experience, or apply for a grant-funded professional development opportunity. If you and your students are ready to make a difference in the lives of people at home and around the world, check out these great action ideas! Developing a new generation of global citizens is an important and concrete step in changing the future of people and the planet.
If you have any questions, great ideas, or need help using Heifer’s online resources, please contact email@example.com.
Senior Coordinator of School Programs
T: 501.907.2631 | F: 501.907.2602
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- Human Impact of Natural Disasters: Issues for the Inquiry-Based Classroom, NCSS Bulletin 110, published in 2010. This booklet includes chapters such as "Natural Disasters and Human Rights", "The Psychological Impact of Natural Disasters in School", and "Studying the Haitian Earthquake".
- JFK Presidential Library and Museum
Teaching Civil Rights History -
Lesson Plans on Civil Rights
Created in conjunction with the interactive website, 1963: The Struggle for Civil Rights, curriculum-relevant lesson plans for students in grades 3-12 bring the history of this tumultuous year to life. Through digitized primary source material from the Kennedy Library's collections, students can more fully understand the complex political, moral, and often violent struggle for equal rights in the early 1960s.
Teach your students about JFK and civil rights.
Featured Document from our Digital Archives
JFK's First Message to Congress on Civil Rights
Fifty-one years ago this month, on February 28, 1963, President Kennedy delivered his first message to Congress on civil rights, calling for legislation providing for limited civil rights measures.
Read Kennedy's full message.
JFK's Pledge to Land a Man on the Moon
On May 25, 1961, President Kennedy stood before Congress to deliver a special message on "urgent national needs," and asked Congress to dedicate $7-9 billion dollars to the space program. In light of Soviet advances in space, the United States needed "to take a clearly leading role in space achievement." He went on to proclaim that, "this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth."
Watch an excerpt of JFK's address to Congress.
Teaching the Space Race
Resources on the Space Race
• Two lesson plans - "Race to the Moon!" for elementary school students and "Why Choose the Moon?" for middle school students - examine the motivations for and issues facing the space race.
• The interactive exhibit We Choose the Moon allows visitors to follow the historic moon landing minute by minute and explore archival photos and footage of President Kennedy's pioneering space efforts.
• In the Museum, Alan Shepard's space capsule, Freedom 7, is on display through December 2015. Shepard became the first American in space when he successfully completed a 15-minute suborbital flight on May 5, 1961, flying at an altitude of 116 miles at 5,036 miles per hour.
- Jewish Federation of NH - My name is Ore and I am starting my second year as an Israeli emissary to the Jewish Federation of NH. As an Israeli emissary, my goal is to bring the “real” Israel to the people of NH, both Jewish and not Jewish, by showing a personal and not political side of the life and culture in Israel.
I have a presentation that I do in middle schools and high schools, including my personal story of life in Israel and a different perspective of Israeli society then what we get to see on the news. I do not talk about politics and religion, but will be able to carefully answer questions about these topics. My presentation is free for all schools in NH. I can also adjust my presentation to different ages, time limits and size of class.
I would very much appreciate it if you could pass this message and my contact information to teachers in NH.
Ore Ayah Dagan
Israeli Shlicha / emissary
Jewish Federation of New Hampshire
cell: (603) 493-6840
office: (603) 627-7679
- Library of Congress - The most recent issue of the Library of Congress TPS Journal focuses on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the importance of incorporating primary sources to insure student success. In addition to an overview article with ideas on using primary sources to meet CCSS with different grade levels, there is an interview with a teacher who is using CCSS in her classroom and lesson ideas for elementary and secondary classes.
In addition, we encourage all TPS Journal readers to respond to the survey on the home page. Your responses will help us to make the Journal your place for information on using primary sources and the online collections of the Library of Congress.
- Listen Edition can bring current events, science, social studies, and math alive in your classroom - engage and educate with public radio. Monica Brady-Myerov,
Founder and CEO
- Monument Men is an innovative instructional resource that serves as a starting point for guided inquiry into the people and events in historical films.
The Monuments Men
As allied forces fought the Nazis for control of Europe during World War II, an unlikely unit of American and British art experts formed the Allied Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives section (MFAA) to wage a shadow campaign. Tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves, these heroes became known as The Monuments Men.
On February 7, 2014, the film The Monuments Men, starring George Clooney, Bill Murray, Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, and John Goodman, based on the true story of this World War II platoon, will be released. Learn more about the MFAA’s mission to rescue great works of art throughout Europe before they were destroyed by the Nazis with reliable reference content and primary sources that you have come to expect from ABC-CLIO
- National Center for Learning and Civic Engagement (NCLCE): New guidebook spotlights smart classroom examples of civic engagement
- National Council for History Education - History Matters - March 2014: Considering Multiple Perspectives and Reverse Immigration when Teaching about the American Revolution
- National Institute for Holocaust Education of the USHMM announces the release of a short (38 minute) film about the Nazis’ rise and consolidation of power in Germany, now available for viewing on our website. Using rare footage, the film explores their ideology, propaganda, and persecution of Jews and other victims. It also outlines the path by which the Nazis and their collaborators led a state to war and to the murder of millions of people. By providing a concise overview of the Holocaust and those involved, this resource is intended to provoke reflection and discussion about the role of ordinary people, institutions, and nations between 1918 and 1945.
We have found this film to be a helpful way to introduce the topic with our off-site audiences, and would be useful with both teachers and students in the classroom. The film can be accessed via the following link: http://www.ushmm.org/learn/introduction-to-the-holocaust/path-to-nazi-genocide . The link also provides links to the 'information for student' section of the website, as well as links to our online timeline of events, Holocaust and related maps, and Holocaust encyclopedia. For those who cannot stream films from the internet in their classrooms, there is also an online request for to request a copy of the film in DVD format.
We hope you will make use of this valuable resource in your work.
Peter Fredlake Director, National Outreach for Teacher Initiatives 202.314.0352
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum www.ushmm.org
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- National Park Service’s Teaching with Historic Places (TwHP) program has launched its 150th lesson plan, ’Embattled Farmers and the Shot Heard Round the World: The Battles of Lexington and Concord. In this lesson, students walk the road where “the shot heard round the world” sparked the American Revolution. They also consider how works of art have both depicted and shaped our memories of the dramatic events that took place there. The lesson is currently featured on the TwHP homepage.
- New Hampshire Geographic Alliance
- NH Geographic Alliance has updated and reprinted the "New Hampshire School Atlas" and is now debuting a digital form for use with Smart, Promethean or Polyvision - Eno Board! New paper and digital lessons have been developed to help teachers to present and students to understand the information taught in Social Studies classes. While the atlas and lessons generally follow the "Standards" for the 4th Grade, they can also be used in other grades. The atlas offers a vivid geographic portrait and spatial perspective of the state of New Hampshire.
Along with the new atlas and lessons, NHGA is offering an opportunity to pilot the BETA version of the ArcGIS Online Atlas activities! For more information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please see the attached flyer for details about the atlas and instructions for ordering the paper or CD versions.
- A site with over 110 lesson plans keyed to the State Framework.
- the NH Geographic Alliance is picking itself up from the blow of losing state funding in the previous budget. Essential to that is communication with like minded persons. Unfortunately, the NHGA mailing list has fallen into disuse, and needs to be cleaned up and updated. If you are interested in NHGA efforts, please contact them at: http://www.nhga.net/ and find the link for subscribing to the list, or... directly, visit: http://box472.bluehost.com/mailman/listinfo/geogranite_nhga.net
New Hampshire Humanities Council has available an order form for the documentary dvd "Meetinghouse: The Heart of Washington, NH." The documentary explores the concept of a "meetinghouse" as a uniquely New England historical and architectural phenomenon and its role in the civic and religious life of the town over two centuries. Production was funded in large part by two NHHC grants and written and produced by a dedicated group of Washington, NH residents and videographer John Gfroerer of Accompany. We are very pleased with the outcome and would love to see middle and high school American history classes use it.
New Hampshire in the Civil War blog: MIKE PRIDE is an historian and journalist. He is editor emeritus of the Concord Monitor, where he ran the newsroom for thirty years. For nine of those years, Pride served on the Pulitzer Prize board. He has co-authored several books, including My Brave Boys, a history of Colonel Edward E. Cross and the Fifth New Hampshire Volunteers. Pride graduated from the University of South Florida and was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. He does a blog at our-war.com, and its primary subject is New Hampshire in the Civil War
- Pequot Museum, located in Mashantucket, Connecticut, is the largest Native American museum in the world and provides an enriching, hands-on journey through 20,000 years of Native and natural history. In fact, teachers who have brought students on field trips agree that the Museum is "a must see" and an "experience unlike any other" as it truly brings history to life.
If you're interested, we would love for one of our educators to give a presentation during one of your workshops or conferences on how a visit to the Museum can enhance the classroom experience for students.
Please feel free to respond to this email or call me at 401-272-1300 x116. You can also visit our website at www.pequotmuseum.org.
O: 401-272-1300 x116
- Portsmouth Alarm Casts Light on the Revolutionary Flame in New Hampshire
“Which side are you on?” becomes the dangerous question of the day for three teenage boys whose friendships, futures, and very lives depend upon their answers. Time for talk abruptly ends when Paul Revere rides into Portsmouth, New Hampshire, warning that British troops are advancing to seize the colony’s stores of gun powder—critical for their defense against both the King and other threats. Is Revere lying? Or is the Royal Governor who denies the report only playing for time?
Terri A. DeMitchell, author of the award-winning Olde Locke Beach Mystery series, based in the New Hampshire Seacoast region, has turned her talents in research and curriculum design to write The Portsmouth Alarm: December 1774, an historical novel for young adults ages 10–16 that explores the origins of the American Revolution in New Hampshire. The Portsmouth Alarm is based on true events of that year when the Portsmouth militia stormed the local fortress intended to guard the city from outside attacks and made off with the King’s gun powder and arms, an act of treason from which there was no turning back. The novel is suitable for both individual reading and classroom use, and introduces students to complex events in an even-handed way that encourages them to draw their own conclusions and to make connections between the episode described in the book and other historical and contemporary events. The book will be published in January 2013. More information is at http://terridemitchell.com/.
- Primary Sources - documents for your history classes (informational link only - NHDOE does not endorse products or services).
Enhance global learning and expand your global resources toolkit with Primary Source Online Professional Development & Curriculum Resources
- CHINA SOURCEBOOKS
Make Chinese history come alive in your classroom with rich informational texts and hundreds of primary sources that help teachers meet Common Core State Standards.
- Rho Kappa-National Social Studies Honor Society
National Council for the Social Studies is proud to introduce Rho Kappa, the National Social Studies Honor Society. Rho Kappa provides national recognition and opportunities for exploration in the social studies.
Rho Kappa is the only national organization for high school juniors and seniors that recognizes excellence in the field of social studies. Any public or accredited private high school can apply for a local chapter, through which it may invite students to become a member of Rho Kappa based on academic achievement in social studies, and participation in community service.
Prepare for the next school year by applying for a charter this spring. Schools charted after May 1 do not need to renew until June 2013.
Learn more at http://rhokappa.socialstudies.org
- Smithsonian American Art Museum
New Teacher Resources from American Art - The American Art Museum's Education team have been busy behind-the-scenes and we have three major new online resources to share!
- Stossel in the Classroom - We'd like to send you our totally-free DVD (even the shipping and handling is free)—the 2013 Edition: Good Intentions Gone Wrong—for use in your classroom!
- THIRTEEN/WNET - History is Personal and Interactive with Mission US
- Transatlantic Outreach Program
The Transatlantic Outreach Program (TOP) has recently published two new instructional strategy guides Let's Explore Modern Germany (Elementary/Middle) and Germany in Focus (Secondary). The TOP teaching materials support social studies curriculum topics, provide the teacher with ready-to-use lesson plans, and provide students with practice related to social studies skills in the context of an intercultural approach. They model effective teaching strategies as well as social studies content and process skills.
The instructional strategy guides are designed such that the teacher may either integrate individual lessons or use them as a complete stand-alone unit. Social Studies and Common Core alignment guidelines are provided to assist with appropriate curriculum integration. Teachers can modify lessons to meet the needs, interests, and performance levels of students in their classrooms. Lessons range from activities designed for individual students to activities requiring student group collaboration.
In addition to these excellent resources, each summer TOP offers all-expenses paid study tours to Germany for U.S. and Canadian educators. (Social Studies teachers (grades K-12), Social Studies methods professors, curriculum coordinators, principals/assistant principals and applicable States’ Department of Education employees.)
TOP is a non-profit, public/private partnership between the Federal Foreign Office of Germany, the Goethe-Institut, Deutsche Bank, the Robert Bosch Stiftung, and the Siemens Corporation - was founded in 2002 to promote education about Germany, to encourage intercultural dialogue, and to provide the opportunity for North American social studies educators to experience Germany in person. TOP promotes awareness of Germany within the context of its education and political systems, vocational training, corporate social responsibility, environmental sustainability, culture, history, geography and more. Information about TOP can be found at www.goethe.de/top.
- TSSP: The Social Studies Professional:
TSSP is the official newsletter of National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS)
A new study, Do Discussion, Debate, and Simulations
Boost NAEP Civics Performance?
the Founders Online website from NARA
This free online tool brings together the papers of George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison in a single websit
- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is America's national institution for the documentation, study, and interpretation of Holocaust history, and serves as this country's memorial to the millions of people murdered during the Holocaust.
The Museum's primary mission is to advance and disseminate knowledge about this unprecedented tragedy; to preserve the memory of those who suffered; and to encourage its visitors to reflect upon the moral and spiritual questions raised by the events of the Holocaust as well as their own responsibilities as citizens of a democracy.
To learn more about the history of the Holocaust, to access teaching resources and information about professional development opportunities for teachers, visit the Museum Web site
- The U.S. Census Bureau organizes its history lesson plans (www.census.gov/history/www/reference/lesson_plans) into elementary, middle, and high school collections. Be sure to view the image gallery organized by decade, 1790-2010, at www.census.gov/history/www/sights_sounds/photos. There are maps, newspapers, and photographs. For example, an 1861 map shows the density of enslaved Americans by state, www.census.gov/history/www/sights_sounds/photos/1860_photos.php#
Fast Facts is a wonderful resource that provides a “popular culture context” for any decades, 1790-2010: painting a portrait of the vUnited States both statistically and culturally. In addition to census-related statistics, this on-line timeline highlights the innovations, events, and icons of each decade. View it at www.census.gov/history/www/through_the _decades/fast_fact/
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