Ashbrook Center has compiled 50 Core American Documents
The Boston Fed provides economic education materials
Checks and Balances and the Three Branches of Government - article from National Juris University
Teachinghistory.org - National History Education Clearinghouse
Cohen Center for Holocaust Studies (Keene State College) Many links to curriculum, instruction, workshops, institutes, videos, and teacher resources.
Council for Economic Education - Comprehensive report details state progress (or lack of) in teaching finance and economics in K-12
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 createdequal.neh.gov/
Current Context - ISIL/Islamic State
Are you looking for a resource that helps you put current events in their historical context for your students? Check out our newest free teaching resource, Current Context, which includes a short background article, a map, a timeline of important events, and links to more great resources. Our recent edition, ISIL/Islamic State, is ready for download.
Check back for more resources in this occasional series, and let us know what topics you'd like covered in future installments!
Differentiation - Differentiated Instruction for the Time Challenged Teacher
The Dirksen Congressional Center's "reformatted" Communicator -- a web-based e-newsletter providing educators with news and ideas to improve the understanding of Congress: www.webcommunicator.org.!
Ed Tech Tools: What are the ed-tech tools that educators can’t live without? Each month, we’ll ask a different reader.
Five must-have tools for social studies instruction by Jim Beeghley
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.
Enterprise City - 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: www.seacoastonline.com/articles/20120413-NEWS-204130378
Youtube video: 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
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.
Exploring Human Nature-DVD or On-line Video - this 57 minute video with a menu linked to 20 demonstrations can be shown all or in part to illustrate your curriculum. **NHDOE does not endorse products or services.
Foundation for Teaching Economics (FTE) - Hot Topics
The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History - History Now 38: The Joining of the Rails
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.
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".
Infobase Learning - Preview the Award-Winning Online Geography Resource
Institute for Curriculum Services - Lesson Plan: Environmental Challenges and Cooperation in the Middle East
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
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.
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.
Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Eastern Region - Grant Opportunity
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
The main organization for the teaching of social studies. Many links to curriculum, instruction, and assessment issue
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 - Predators - Troubled Waters
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
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: 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
Never Again: What you do matters - Support the Campaign for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
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.
The N.H. State Council on the Arts announces that seven new teaching artists have been accepted onto the NH juried Arts in Education (AIE) Teaching Artist Roster. Teaching artists are contracted to work in schools or out of school programs because of their expertise in a particular arts discipline. They serve as role models for students and open the options for professional or amateur pursuit. They bring high expectations for student work in the arts and can help develop artistic skills, risk taking and creative problem solving capacities in students. The new AIE Teaching Artists include: David Fichter, mural and mosaic artist; Roger Goldenberg, visual artist; Chris Klaxton, jazz musician; Taylor O’Donnell, jazz and vocal musician; Dawn Potter, poet and writer; Catherine Stewart, new media and theatre, Liz Van Saun, mosaic artist. The NH State Council on the Arts offers grants that support bringing artists into educational settings to enrich and supplement sequential arts education programs. The NH State Council on the Arts is the only statewide organization that brings together all primary constituencies for arts education, including artists, arts organizations, teachers, administrators, parents and the business community. To contact these artists or learn more about grants visit: www.nh.gov/nharts or contact Catherine O’Brian, Arts Education Coordinator, NH State Council on the Arts, Catherine.R.OBrian@dcr.nh.gov, (603) 271-0795.
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 email@example.com.
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
"Civil Rights" Resources for the New School Year - New Free Module on the Digital Classroom
“Women, Their Rights, and Nothing Less: The First Amendment and the Women’s Suffrage Movement,” a new free online learning module
Nigeria Alumni Foundation (PCNAF) - New Curriculum Addresses a Pressing Global Issue: The Basic Education Crisis in Nigeria
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.
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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
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.
China Since 1644 – Revised 2nd Edition
20 chronological lessons with resource-rich companion website. Ideal for HS & college teachers. Book free with related online course for educators in grades 6-12.
Changing China: History & Culture Since 1644 - primarysource.org/modernchinaonlinecourse
The Enduring Legacy of Ancient China - www.cheng-tsui.com/store/products/enduring_legacy_ancient_china
20 thematic lessons with companion CD-ROM. Ideal for 5-12 grade teachers. Book free with related online course for educators in grades K-12:
The Enduring Legacy of Ancient China - ttp://primarysource.org/ancientchinaonlinecours
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
Rhode Island Historical Society - New Labor Lessons Online
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!
Southern Poverty Law Center’s - Teaching Tolerance project today issued a guide designed to help teachers and school leaders ensure their lessons about the movement are robust and meaningful to students.
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 Colonial Williamsburg Foundation - Teaching Resources for Black History Month from Colonial Williamsburg
It's National Teacher Appreciation Week!
Take 15% off of The Storymatic, Colonial Williamsburg Edition . This active storytelling game is a great end-of-year activity.
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)
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 website
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
100 Years Later: "The War to End All Wars"
100th anniversary of the start of World War I. The devastating conflict became known as “the war to end all wars,” but we know that was not to be.
The humiliation of Germany's defeat and the Versailles Treaty of 1919, which included heavy reparations and reduced territory size, would play an important role in the rise of Nazism and the coming of a second world war just 20 years later.
Visit us online to learn interesting facts, watch rare film footage, and view historical photographs and artifacts from World War I.
You can also watch the Museum’s new film, The Path to Nazi Genocide. This film explores Nazi 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.
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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