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"Home-made wines made of dandelions": Prohibition in Maryland

"Home-made wines made of dandelions": Prohibition in Maryland | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
This Saturday night, the Young Defenders of the Maryland Historical Society will be hosting its second annual Bootlegger’s Bash party at the 1840s Plaza at 29 S. Front Street, the site of the old P...
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For fun for us history buffs

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Want Students to Speak Up About Injustice? Teach Them About Youth Who Fought For Free Speech | Change Education on GOOD

Want Students to Speak Up About Injustice? Teach Them About Youth Who Fought For Free Speech | Change Education on GOOD | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
A sixth-grader in Texas with the user name, "Gummy Bear," pops onto my laptop screen. She's doing a National History Day project about "rights and responsibilities" that highlights the Supreme Court case Tinker v. Des Moines that I was a plaintiff in. She wants to know w...
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Law and Order: French Revolution [The Importance of Using Evidence!]

Law and Order: French Revolution [The Importance of Using Evidence!] | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
Over the summer, it occurred to me that History class should be like the hit television show Law and Order. Law - Investigate, Corroborate, Develop Case Order - Develop Case, Create and Defend Argu...
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Proficient Reading Remains Elusive for U.S. Kids | Heartlander Magazine

Proficient Reading Remains Elusive for U.S. Kids | Heartlander Magazine | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
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Need for background knowledge for proficient reading comprehension 

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What is a Primary Source?

Objectives | Definitions | Instructions for Teachers | Instructions for Students | Comparing Types of Primary Sources Activity | Additional Resources
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Study finds impact of attending poor high school follows one to college | Inside Higher Ed

Study finds impact of attending poor high school follows one to college | Inside Higher Ed | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
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Using Superhero Comics to Teach English and History

Using Superhero Comics to Teach English and History | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
It's high time for more English and history teachers to set aside their literary purism, and to embrace superhero comics as effective and legitimate teaching and learning tools.


Superman Stands in
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'Big 8' districts launch assessment tools for Common Core* - LA School Report

'Big 8' districts launch assessment tools for Common Core* - LA School Report | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
A group of some of the largest school districts in California is launching an online a resource bank of student assessment tools to help teachers measure student learning as the roll out of the new curriculum, known as the Common Core, gains speed...
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Sample modules for assessments.  Click on "online" then "ELA Performance Based Assessments"

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Changing the Teaching of History, One Byte at a Time

Changing the Teaching of History, One Byte at a Time | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
In October 2010, a fourth grader returned from school and set her history book on the table. Flipping through Our Virginia: Past and Present, a book approved by Virginia's State Department of Educati
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The Diabetes PSA That Could Probably Win a Rap Grammy | Change Health on GOOD

The Diabetes PSA That Could Probably Win a Rap Grammy  | Change Health on GOOD | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
Highlighting how today's sugar consumption is similar to drug addiction,Youth Speaks and UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations have teamed up with high schoolers to raise important questions about healthy food access with provocative PSAs about...
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Incredible what kids can do

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12 Skills the Common Core AND Employeers Want | Teaching the Core

12 Skills the Common Core AND Employeers Want | Teaching the Core | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
The Common Core is a set of goals aimed at college and career readiness. This we know. But do the anchor standards really correlate to what employers want?
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Fostering Teacher Leadership Through Collaborative Inquiry

Collaborative inquiry is a powerful design for professional learning that supports the notion of teacher leadership as it recognizes the role of teachers in on-going school improvement.
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Looks just like the C3 Framework for Inquiry in social studies.  Regardless, good points about teacher practice.

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Take the Impossible “Literacy” Test Louisiana Gave Black Voters in the 1960s

Take the Impossible “Literacy” Test Louisiana Gave Black Voters in the 1960s | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
This week’s Supreme Court decision in Shelby County v. Holder overturned Section 4(b) of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which mandated federal oversight of changes in voting procedure in jurisdictions that have a history of using a “test or device” to impede enfranchisement. Here is one example of such a...
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Very interesting.  Also terrifying.  

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To Save the Common Core, Don't Fear the Moratorium

To Save the Common Core, Don't Fear the Moratorium | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
In today's post I'm going to talk about what I view as the biggest political threat to successful implementation of the standards--teacher evaluation. Tomorrow I'm going to talk about what I view as the biggest technical threats to implementation--assessments and curriculum materials.
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"But there is no inherent reason why Common Core and new teacher evaluation policies have to be linked with one another. One need not have common standards to redesign teacher evaluation, and vice versa. The major unforced error here was in the Obama administration's pushing these two policies contemporaneously. As a result, the policies have become conflated in ways that have undermined both of them--as some of us have been predicting for a while. There is the increasingly real possibility that teacher evaluation will destroy the Common Core in some places."

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Not All Monuments Men Were Men

Not All Monuments Men Were Men | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
Dozens of women contributed to the recovery of looted art during World War II, though their stories aren’t as well known as those of the Monuments Men.
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Visualizing Emancipation(s): Mapping The End of Slavery in America | Not Even Past

Visualizing Emancipation(s): Mapping The End of Slavery in America | Not Even Past | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
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An alternate take on the "close reading" standard - @fisher1000

An alternate take on the "close reading" standard - @fisher1000 | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
The first standard in the College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Reading under the Common Core State Standards for Language Arts says, in part,
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Policymakers: Stop being agnostic about curriculum

Policymakers: Stop being agnostic about curriculum | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
Pop quiz! Which of the following statements is in the Common Core State Standards?
(a) Through extensive reading of stories, dramas, poems, and myths from diverse cultures and different time periods, students gain literary and cultural knowledge.
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We the Civics Kids - National Constitution Center

We the Civics Kids - National Constitution Center | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
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Civics Concepts and Children's Literature.  Ideas and lessons

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Community Post: 16 Myths About The Common Core State Standards, Set Straight

For anyone who has heard even a snippet of the raging education debate about the Common Core State Standards, you’ve probably gotten a dose of the mudslinging. If you haven’t, the &ldqu...
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Just for fun

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5 unconventional maps to get lost in | TED Blog

5 unconventional maps to get lost in | TED Blog | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
From the earliest days of human exploration, we've made progressively more sophisticated maps. But what if becoming lost is the point?
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Just for fun, but goodness that GeoGuesser is a great website.

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"The Hunger Games" -- Catching fire in rural schools

"The Hunger Games" -- Catching fire in rural schools | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
As a professor of adolescent literacy, few things make me more hopeful than witnessing tweens and teens waiting outside in the cold for tickets to the newe
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Why It's Better to Study History Than Economics | In Their Own Words | Big Think

Why It's Better to Study History Than Economics | In Their Own Words | Big Think | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
Niall Ferguson: I’m constantly struck by the levels of historical ignorance that I encounter.  In rooms full of very well-paid financial professionals, nobody appears to have read any of the major works of financial history of the last 30 or 40...
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Good-to-Go Projects for 2014

Good-to-Go Projects for 2014 | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
When teachers ask how to get started with project-based learning, I acknowledge the "front-loading" that's part of project planning.
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Resources for project based learning.

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