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Browse Ask a Digital Historian - multimedia. The state of U.S. immigration. Mr. Bruce's History - home. Insightful Social Studies. Feature Article - Primary Sources and the Common Core State Standards, Fall 2012- Teaching with Primary Sources. By Rich Cairn What are the Common Core State Standards?

Feature Article - Primary Sources and the Common Core State Standards, Fall 2012- Teaching with Primary Sources

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) outline grade-by-grade goals for all K-12 students—goals that are attuned to the advanced literacy skills needed for college, career and citizenship. The CCSS communicate a common understanding of what students should know and be able to do by their high school graduation. The standards are the result of a state-led initiative overseen by organizations of the nation’s governors and state education commissioners. Nearly all states and the District of Columbia have adopted the CCSS. What role do primary sources play in meeting the standards? Primary sources are integral to helping students achieve the CCSS. Under the English Language Arts standards, students beginning in the earliest grades must substantiate written arguments with evidence. The Common Core approaches science and social studies with a particular emphasis on literacy.

Elementary Level Secondary Level. Web 2.0 Tools for Social Studies Classrooms. - History, documentary and television on the web. We're Teaching History Wrong. Published Online: January 29, 2013 Published in Print: January 30, 2013, as Let's Overhaul How We Teach History.

We're Teaching History Wrong

The Best Geography Sites For Beginning & Intermediate English Language Learners. History Tech. National Archives and Records Administration. Everything You Need to Know About 'Mint the Coin' If you follow anybody remotely interested in politics on Twitter, you've probably seen a reference to "mint the coin" fly across your stream at some point this month.

Everything You Need to Know About 'Mint the Coin'

And if you've seen that reference, you might have some questions: What coin? Who's minting it? What's it for? Here's the skinny: According to the Treasury, the government hit its Congressionally-approved spending limit on Dec. 31 of 2012. While raising the debt ceiling has traditionally been a mostly uncontroversial practice, many congressional Republicans are now refusing to raise the debt ceiling unless Democrats agree to spending cuts.

Raising the debt ceiling allows the federal government to pay back loans it already owes. Notable 2012 Front Pages From The New York Times - Interactive Feature. Pages can be sorted by theme or reader-submitted keywords.

Notable 2012 Front Pages From The New York Times - Interactive Feature

Submit your own reaction to the news and share your favorites after selecting a page. The iEconomy Series Debuts Jan. 22State of the Union Jan. 25A Tableau of Sorrow Feb. 9Middle-Class Entitlements Feb. 12A Chain of Kidney Transplants Feb. 19Deadly Tornadoes in the U.S. March 3U.S. Soldier Kills Villagers March 12Shooting of Trayvon Martin April 12Mexican Wal-Mart Bribery Scandal April 22Airstrikes in Sudan April 24Apple's Profit Protection Strategies April 29A New Page in the Afghan War May 2A Diverse Mix of Coverage May 5The Vanishing Mind May 6Senator Richard G. Lugar Concedes May 9Same-Sex Marriage Endorsement May 10Uprising in Syria June 13Elections in Egypt and Greece June 18Health Care Upheld June 29Shootings in Aurora, Colo. Activities: Create.

Manifest Destiny - The Story of The US Told In 141 Maps. Social Studies Rap Songs and Worksheet: Teaching US History, Government, and Geography. 21 Map Creation Tools for Students and Teachers. Yesterday, I published a review of MapFab which is a fabulous, free, and simple tool for creating maps online.

21 Map Creation Tools for Students and Teachers

Writing that post got me thinking about all of the other free map creation tools that I've reviewed over the years. Google Maps and Google Earth are my favorite tools for creating maps, but not every school allows teachers and students to download it. And creating Google Maps does require you to have a Google account which is an obstacle to use in some schools too.

In the list below you will find some map creation tools that don't require registration. Geography, class, and fate: Passengers on the Titanic. The Best Resources For Learning About The Maya. Interactives - Exploring the Early Americas -  Exhibitions  Powerpoint Palooza. History Engine: Tools for Collaborative Education and Research. Urban Survivors - Médecins Sans Frontières. Let's Play 'History As A List' : Krulwich Wonders... A bunch of you have sent me this list.

Let's Play 'History As A List' : Krulwich Wonders...

It comes from Drew Breunig, a New Yorker who apparently works in the computer business, in advertising. It's a short history of "Frontiers" — territories that he says have challenged humans over the centuries, arranged in roughly chronological order. Drew calls it "Frontiers Through The Ages. " Water, 1400 Land, 1840 Gold, 1850 Wire, 1880 Air, 1900 Celluloid, 1920 Plastic, 1950 Space, 1960 Silicon, 1980 Networks, 1990 Data, 2000 I know, I know, it's much too American and very arbitrary (Christopher Columbus didn't exactly "open" the oceans for exploration; Egyptian sailors, Minoans, Phoenicians did that, and much earlier), but still, Drew is playing a game here that's fun, if you keep at it. Suppose I wanted to think about power, how sources of power have multiplied over time. Gravity muscle horses wind steam internal combustion oil gas nuclear. Educators.

Free Lesson Plans and Games for Learning Civics.