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Browse Ask a Digital Historian - multimedia. The state of U.S. immigration. Founded by colonists, settlers and pioneers, the United States has always defined itself as a land of immigrants. But immigration has varied dramatically across decades. While immigrants in the 1920s were primarily of European origin, the country is now amid a historic wave of newcomers, with a growing percentage from Asia and Latin America. 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. 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.

More than 2,200 people were on board the Titanic when it struck an iceberg the night of April 14, 1912.

Geography, class, and fate: Passengers on the Titanic

The Titanic’s crew of nearly 900 is not included here. First class passengers hailed mainly from U.S. and European cities. Despite orders to put women and children in lifeboats first, survival rates were highest in first class. The Best Resources For Learning About The Maya. Yesterday, archeologists announced the discovery of Mayan art and calculations on walls of a collapsed room.

The Best Resources For Learning About The Maya

Because of the big “media splash” made by the announcement, and because of my own personal interest in the Maya (I’ve visited many Mayan ruins throughout Central America), I thought I’d make a quick related “The Best..” list. Here are my choices for The Best Resources For Learning About The Maya: Mayan calendar: excavation reveals mural of ancient calculations – interactive comes from The Guardian. Mayan Kids Maya Rise and Fall is from National Geographic. The Mesoamerican Ballgame Maya Adventures When It Comes to Water, We’re All Maya Now is from National Geographic.

Mesoamerican Pyramids Photo Gallery is from The History Channel. Interactives - Exploring the Early Americas -  Exhibitions  Ongoing exhibition, opened December 12, 2007.

Interactives - Exploring the Early Americas -  Exhibitions 

Exploring the Early Americas features selections from the more than 3,000 rare maps, documents, paintings, prints, and artifacts that make up the Jay I. Kislak Collection at the Library of Congress. 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. Educators. Free Lesson Plans and Games for Learning Civics.