- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
- 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.
- 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 Council for the Social Studies - Professional Development RFP is seeking individuals or organizations with specific expertise and experience to present an in-depth professional development opportunity for New Hampshire educators during the summer of 2012. The presentation should combine content and pedagogy to achieve implementation of some aspect of the NH Social Studies Framework. Activities should be targeted to teachers of either Grades K through 8, or Grades 5 through 12.
- 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.
- 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/.
- 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.
New Hampshire Department of Education
101 Pleasant Street | Concord, NH | 03301-3494
Telephone: (603) 271-3494 | TDD Access: Relay NH 711