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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. The state of U.S. immigration The state of U.S. immigration
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Insightful Social Studies
By Rich Cairn What are the Common Core State Standards? 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. Feature Article - Primary Sources and the Common Core State Standards, Fall 2012- Teaching with Primary Sources | Teacher Resources - Library of Congress Feature Article - Primary Sources and the Common Core State Standards, Fall 2012- Teaching with Primary Sources | Teacher Resources - Library of Congress
Web 2.0 Tools for Social Studies Classrooms
Timelines.tv - History, documentary and television on the web Timelines.tv - History, documentary and television on the web Since 2010 Timelines.tv has offered an invaluable free-to-use resource for students, teachers and life-learners. And now this BAFTA award winning resource is available on mobile devices with new resources, including 'Nazi Germany', 'American Voices' and 'The Edwardians'. The British Empire once covered a quarter of the globe. How was it born, how did it die, and what is its legacy?
Published Online: January 29, 2013 Published in Print: January 30, 2013, as Let's Overhaul How We Teach History Commentary By Vicky Schippers We're Teaching History Wrong We're Teaching History Wrong
The Best Geography Sites For Beginning & Intermediate English Language Learners
History Tech

History Tech

Tip of the Week: Tic Tac Tell One of the advantages of doing what I do is the chance to meet and talk with lots of great social studies teachers. Whether it’s traveling around doing on-site trainings or leading workshops in ESSDACK’s own facility, the opportunities to brainstorm ideas and learn new things are abundant. Earlier this week, I spent the day working with a small group of middle school teachers.
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. 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. Everything You Need to Know About 'Mint the Coin'
Pages can be sorted by theme or reader-submitted keywords. 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. Notable 2012 Front Pages From The New York Times - Interactive Feature Notable 2012 Front Pages From The New York Times - Interactive Feature
Manifest Destiny - The Story of The US Told In 141 Maps
Social Studies Rap Songs and Worksheet: Teaching US History, Government, and Geography
Yesterday, I published a review of MapFab which is a fabulous, free, and simple tool for creating maps online. 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. 21 Map Creation Tools for Students and Teachers 21 Map Creation Tools for Students and Teachers
Geography, class, and fate: Passengers on the Titanic - A story map presented by Esri Geography, class, and fate: Passengers on the Titanic - A story map presented by Esri More than 2,200 people were on board the Titanic when it struck an iceberg the night of April 14, 1912. 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.
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The Best Resources For Learning About The Maya The Best Resources For Learning About The Maya Yesterday, archeologists announced the discovery of Mayan art and calculations on walls of a collapsed room. 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
Ongoing exhibition, opened December 12, 2007. 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.

Interactives - Exploring the Early Americas -  Exhibitions 

Urban Survivors - Médecins Sans Frontières
A bunch of you have sent me this list. 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. Let's Play 'History As A List' : Krulwich Wonders...