- AntiquityNOW is calling for submissions by teachers in social studies and related fields depicting ancient/modern linkages for our website
- Bill of Rights Institute is offering a free download of our document-based question on the Supreme Court case of Miranda v. Arizona. This resource contains primary source documents, political cartoons, key excerpts from the majority and dissenting opinions, and scaffolding questions to help your students break it all down and understand the constitutional issues. It's a case every student should know -- test or no test! If you find you like the resource, you can purchase the entire curriculum with DBQs on 18 cases at our store at a discount with our thanks! Simply enter the Promo Code: SPRINGDBQNEW at check out and receive FREE SHIPPING.
- Bill of Rights Institute - Each month from now through April we will release a select primary source document lesson plan for free download.
This month's lesson is Dred Scott v. Sanford (1857). Download it now!
These lessons have been teacher-written and provide a rich and rigorous structure that is particularly beneficial for use in Advanced Placement classrooms. The lessons contain:
primary source documents
key excerpts from the majority and dissenting opinions
- scaffolding questions to help your students understand the constitutional issues.
Please help us get our free resources into the hands of more teachers by forwarding this email to a colleague.
At the Bill of Rights Institute we know your achievements in educating future citizens cannot be measured by any standardized test. We hope you find this DBQ to be a useful resource in cultivating your students' thinking, writing, and civil discourse skills, and we thank you for all you do for civic education.
- Center for the Study of the American Constitution
- The Choices Program: 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.
- 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.
- Cohen Center for Holocaust Studies, Keene State College
- NH's Holocaust resource. Many links to curriculum, instruction, workshops, institutes, videos, and teacher resources.
- 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/
- Enterprise City - http://enterprisecity.org/ - strives to improve college and career readiness in New Hampshire's youth through an innovative, 21st century experience focused on financial literacy and civic engagement. Students in grades 5-8 run their very own city after completing the cross-discipline (Math, Social Studies, and ELA) curriculum in the classroom.
Local news article: http://www.seacoastonline.com/articles/20120413-NEWS-204130378
Youtube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GntbpDxpkY0
Enterprise City USA
1 Washington Street Dover, NH 03820
Tel: (603) 430-0091
- 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
- Global Perspective - National History Day, in conjunction with the History Channel and the Longview Foundation for World Affairs and International Understanding,
has produced a new resource for teachers called U.S. History in Global Perspective. This book offers historical essays, documents, and activities
that assist teachers to globalize US history, with chapters on the American Revolution, Native American land rights, epidemic diseases, the
Civil War, Chinese immigrants in the American West, Industrialization, the Civil Rights Movement, and the Socialist movement. Each example
includes an essay for historical context, along with documents and activities for teachers to use. It works for both world history and US
history classrooms. In addition, the book includes connections to Common Core and 21st Century Skills frameworks being implemented
in classrooms across the nation and suggestions on ways to make global connections with National History Day themes. This resource is
available for free to all teachers electronically.
Teachers across the nation are piloting this approach during the 2013–2014 academic year and will be posting lesson plans and reflections
on the NHD website. Teachers who prefer a printed copy may order it through the NHD store and only pay shipping (no charge for the book
itself ). http://www.nhd.org/cart/
- Great Distance Learning Resources from Colonial Williamsburg
- 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
1 World Avenue, Little Rock | AR 72202 | United States
Kimberly.Machnik@heifer.org | www.heifer.org
- Here's a free web-based curriculum based on high school Common Core standards: "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/
- 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".
- 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
- Know Your Rights NH workshops
- 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
- National Geographic's Strange Days on Planet Earth DVDs
Around the globe, experts are racing to solve a series of mysteries: how could a one-degree rise in average temperature have profound effects around the globe? How could crumbling houses in New Orleans be linked to voracious creatures from southern China? Hosted by actor-writer-director Edward Norton, this award-winning series uses state-of-the-art graphics and globe-spanning investigations to understand how our environment is changing and why.
Episodes: - Invaders -
The One Degree Factor -
Free copies available courtesy of the NH Geographic Alliance & National Geographic Society.
Limit: One set of DVDs per school or college. First come, first served. Contact Kenneth Relihan at 603.271.6151 or email at: Ken.Relihan@doe.nh.gov
- New Hampshire Geographic Alliance
- 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:
and find the link for subscribing to the list, or... directly, visit:
- 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
- Primary Sources - documents for your history classes (informational link only - NHDOE does not endorse products or services)
- 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!
- The 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/.
- The 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
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- The 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.
- THIRTEEN/WNET - History is Personal and Interactive with Mission US
- TSSP: The Social Studies Professional:
TSSP is the official newsletter of National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS)
- 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
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