On September 11, 2001, 19 men affiliated with Al-Qaeda hijacked four planes, crashing into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, killing upwards of 3,000 Americans and wounding thousands more. Twelve years after the devastating attacks, there are a host of teaching materials, including lesson plans, primary documents, and video documentaries compiled by the Library of Congress and the National September 11 Memorial & … Read more »
September 6, 2013
Every Friday, we compile our favorite education blog posts from the week.
The importance of integration: Read Glenn Wiebe’s post about incorporating reading and writing in social studies classes.
History without a textbook: Learn about Molly Smith’s approach to using online resources, instead of a textbook, in her history courses.
August 19, 2013
We’re quickly approaching the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington! Put your students in the situation of the marchers with the help of an amazing interactive feature from Time magazine, “One Dream,” which chronicles the historic march with interviews of the participants.
August 13, 2013
In her latest post, history teacher and blogger HistoryFriend discusses why history teachers should bring fiction into their classrooms. While primary sources are critical for a strong history education, so too is engagement with imaginative literature.
July 30, 2013
The University of Pittsburgh has partnered with the Society for American Music to create lesson plans which analyze famous historical songs. The Voices Across Time series includes more than 60 in-depth lesson plans which combine songs from similar eras and weaves them into thematic units.
July 19, 2013
In this week’s edition of the Blogger Spotlight, we highlight great new tools for teaching your students about primary sources and suggestions for keeping your students engaged with literature during the long summer months.
July 12, 2013
In this week’s installment of the Blogger Spotlight, learn about the array of online tools available to teachers to enhance their lessons. From studying the Battle of Gettysburg and Abraham Lincoln, to online primary-source themed professional development resources, these posts will give you some ideas about sharpening your curriculum.
July 1, 2013
What is the legacy of the Declaration of Independence and its self-evident truths of equal and unalienable rights? Our new ebook, “The Meaning of Independence Day,” explores the history and ideas behind the American Founding and their significance for our present personal freedoms and national flourishing.
November 5, 2012
The Library of Congress recently unveiled a great teaching resource for teachers beginning to use the Common Core State Standards, complete with lesson plans, primary source sets, and a searchable database that teachers can use to find material that meets the Common Core standards, their individual state standards, or even standards set by other organizations. Over at the Edudemic blog, Jeff Dunn highlights all the resources that … Read more »
October 26, 2012
On October 26, 1774, the First Continental Congress petitioned King George III with a list of grievances, seeking his assistance to provide to the colonists their rights as English citizens. The letter was signed by fifty-one delegates to the Congress. Writing as “English Freemen” and “the heirs of freedom,” the Congress sought relief from the Coercive Acts, passed by the British Parliament in March of 1774, that the colonists … Read more »