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Fourth grader makes undercover documentary about school lunch

Zachary Maxwell. It's a name you might want to remember because he's winning awards and creating serious buzz at several film festivals for his in depth docu...
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Reading Like a Historian: Text, (Math) Textbooks, and Ideology

Reading Like a Historian: Text, (Math) Textbooks, and Ideology | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
Reading Like a Historian: Text, (Math) Textbooks, and Ideology Textbooks as History As a historian, analyzing textbooks from different places and time periods is fascinating to me. I love being abl...
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Guns and the Southern Freedom Struggle: What’s Missing When We Teach About Nonviolence

Guns and the Southern Freedom Struggle: What’s Missing When We Teach About Nonviolence | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
This country is bad with its history. Pieces of history that could help us think more clearly about today’s movements for social change are often ignored or distorted in popular media or commercial textbooks. This is especially true in the treatment of “nonviolent” resistance in the Civil Rights Movement.
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Denver students stage walkout over 'censored' history lessons | Al Jazeera America

Denver students stage walkout over 'censored' history lessons | Al Jazeera America | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
Students angry over proposal to focus lessons on topics that promote patriotism, downplay civil disobedience
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Lesson Plans

Lesson Plans | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
Lessons on voting, voting rights, registering to vote, and casting a ballot for students in grades 4-12.
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Common Core and 'Close Reading': Effectiveness Questionable without Outside Knowledge | RealClearEducation

Common Core and 'Close Reading': Effectiveness Questionable without Outside Knowledge | RealClearEducation | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
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“Close reading” has become strongly associated with the Common Core State Standards, as it’s touted as the reading technique that will allow students to get out of...
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Lesson Plans | Uprooted

Lesson Plans | Uprooted | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
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Two lesson plans:  How reliable are photographs?   How reliable are documentary films?

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Smarter Balanced ® ~ Online Panel for Achievement Level Setting

Smarter Balanced ® ~ Online Panel for Achievement Level Setting | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
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Life of an Educator: Dear Principal: Some things I need you to know...

Life of an Educator: Dear Principal: Some things I need you to know... | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
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A global guide to the first world war - interactive documentary

A global guide to the first world war - interactive documentary | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
Ten historians from 10 countries give a brief history of the first world war through a global lens. Using original news reports, interactive maps and rarely seen footage, including extraordinary shots of troops crossing Mesopotamia on camels and Italians fighting high up in the Alps, the half hour film explores the war and its effect from many different perspectives. Watch the documentary in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Arabic or Hindi.
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Close reading: A revolution delayed | The Thomas B. Fordham Institute

Close reading: A revolution delayed | The Thomas B. Fordham Institute | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
For all of the talk about how different reading instruction is meant to be in the Common Core era, and for all of the hand wringing over the critical “instructional shifts” embedded in the new literacy standards, a glimpse at the world of classroom implementation reveals that the more things change, the more they stay the same.
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Excellent read on literacy instruction.

 

"Said differently: Because your ability to make inferences or find the main idea leans heavily on your knowledge of the subject, standards-driven reading instruction can create a comforting illusion of proficiency on texts that teachers and students choose themselves that evaporates when reading about unfamiliar subjects."

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This Interactive Visualizes Every Important Supreme Court Ruling Since 1946

This Interactive Visualizes Every Important Supreme Court Ruling Since 1946 | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
Last week's controversial Hobby Lobby ruling sparking heated debate across the web. The furor over the decision inspired visual agency Column Five to visua
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New Thoughts on the Non-Freaked Out Approach to Common Core Literacy | Teaching the Core

New Thoughts on the Non-Freaked Out Approach to Common Core Literacy | Teaching the Core | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
In this post, I outline my new thinking around an updated and revised version of he non-freaked out approach to Common Core literacy.
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Pediatricians Call For Parents To Read Aloud To Their Children Every Day

Pediatricians Call For Parents To Read Aloud To Their Children Every Day | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
If your child's next visit to the pediatrician includes a clear emphasis on reading, don't be surprised.

On Tuesday, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued its first-ever policy statement focused on literacy promotion, calling for pediatricia...
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The New Teachers' Aides: Superman and Iron Man

The New Teachers' Aides: Superman and Iron Man | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
Leading industry talents are creating new comic books for the classroom, aligning them with the Common Core.
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Why Students Should Take the Lead in Parent-Teacher Conferences

Why Students Should Take the Lead in Parent-Teacher Conferences | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
Students own their struggles and strengths when they lead parent-teacher conferences.
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Nearly 2/3 of Americans Can't Name the Three Branches of Government. But That's Not the Real Problem. | Big Think

Nearly 2/3 of Americans Can't Name the Three Branches of Government. But That's Not the Real Problem. | Big Think | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
A recent Annenberg survey reveals what we already know: Americans, by and large, are ignorant of their country's constitutional framework. The predictable calls for tougher high school civics standards ignore the fact that people don't have much of a reason to care about the government.
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US Constitution Day Activities and Lesson Plans | Constitution Facts

US Constitution Day Activities and Lesson Plans | Constitution Facts | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
Visit Us Online for US Constitution Day Activities and Lesson Plans. ConstitutionDay.cc Provides Educational Resources and Links to Help Educators.
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The .Plan: A Quasi-Blog: Taking the final exam on the first day of class helps learning

The .Plan: A Quasi-Blog: Taking the final exam on the first day of class helps learning | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
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52 Powerful Photos Of Women Who Changed History Forever

52 Powerful Photos Of Women Who Changed History Forever | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
By being strong, brave, and human these women changed the world.
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Four Skills to Teach Students In the First Five Days of School

Four Skills to Teach Students In the First Five Days of School | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
Alan November explains how he would use the first five days of school to lay the groundwork for a year of learning that goes far beyond the test.
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1.  Power researching; 2. Meaningful educational/societal contributions; 3. Year long projects centered around passions; 4. Model how you research and learn

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Policy Choices for Measuring Student Learning - EdCentral

Policy Choices for Measuring Student Learning - EdCentral | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
There's increasing demand for information about college quality. To do that we need to start making some policy choices for measuring student learning.
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How Have Textbooks Changed the Face of War? - The Science of Society

How Have Textbooks Changed the Face of War? - The Science of Society | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
War is more personal, less glorious, and more hellish in modern textbooks than in the past. But there’s still room for improvement.
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Life of an Educator: 5 ways to boost creativity in your class

Life of an Educator: 5 ways to boost creativity in your class | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
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Always a good reminder.  Especially #5!

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Teaching Historical Interpretation: Interpreting Student Life Events

Teaching Historical Interpretation: Interpreting Student Life Events | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
“Who even knows if this really happened,” one of my students declared this year. “How do you think? How does one find out about anything?” I responded wanting to discuss how history is formed - the...
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This would be a great beginning of the school year activity in a social studies class.

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Study smarter, learn better: 8 tips from memory researchers

Study smarter, learn better: 8 tips from memory researchers | Social Studies: The Core | Scoop.it
Here's why re-reading is a total waste of time.
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