My name is Heather Ramsey and I am a Social Studies teacher at Emily Griffith High School in Denver, CO.
We are an alternative school that focuses on retrieving students aged 17 to 21 who left high school before earning a diploma.
A big focus at our school is student engagement, and my goal is to use technology as a resource to help me engage my students. “Scooping” and sharing content is a way in which I can promote literacy with Social Studies students. I include questions in my scoops so that students can respond to the content and practice writing skills for credit toward their course.
I hope you enjoy the content as much as I enjoy finding it. A big thank you to other curators for the excellent content they provide!
"Since 2010, San Francisco photographer Shawn Clover has been working on a striking series of then and now composite photos of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. To create the series, Clover collected archival photos of the earthquake’s aftermath. He then replicated the photos himself, down to the location, camera position and focal length (to the best of his estimation). The resulting composite photos hauntingly combine stark images of the earthquake’s devastation with modern scenes of life in San Francisco."
KH: How has America changed since the attacks of September 11, 2001? We are still struggling to find a balance between saftey and civil liberties. The Patriot Act, prisoners in Guantanamo Bay, interrorgation techniques have all become parts of our lives.
The article asks the questions...
• Can the government listen to our phone conversations and read our e-mails without warrants?
• Should suspected terrorists at the Guantánamo prison in Cuba have the right to challenge their detention in court?
• How much power does the president have to search for and punish those accused of having terrorist ties?
• Are harsh interrogation techniques ever justified? And at what point do they become torture?
Did you know that Titanic burned more than 650 tons of coal every day, and that it cost $167 million in today's money to build the ship? Get the facts on one of history's most infamous maritime disasters with Titanic By the Numbers.
Heather Ramsey's insight:
This is a great infographic of Titanic statistics.
Professor Andrew Shears of Mansfield University created this map to represent how the United States COULD have looked if every new state that was proposed throughout the years had been created. In last November's election, some counties in Colorado voted on taking steps to create a new state. According to this map, it was not the first time.
WASHINGTON -- When Congress awarded the Congressional Gold Medal to the famous Navajo code talkers a decade ago, it failed to recognize members of other tribes who also used their native tongues to transmit wartime messages the enemy could not...
In this activity, students will read quotes and examine pictures that will help them understand daily life in Japanese American internment camps as well as the effects of these camps on later generations.
In the market for downtown property with character? Denver’s historic Brown Palace Hotel is for sale and may fetch in the neighborhood of $100 million.
Heather Ramsey's insight:
Anyone in the market? Kidding... As many of my students know, I worked my way through college at the front desk of the Brown Palace, and still help with historic tours from time to time. It has a very interesting place in Denver history and the city has really grown around it in all directions.
"The history of chemical weapons is largely a history of occasions on which they have not been used. This is in part because they were prohibited—indeed, they were banned before they were actually used."
Every day as Congress meets in Washington D.C., deals are being made (or, as it sometimes seems, delayed). Congressional deals often require major compromise on someone's part, and it reuires a lot of work to do the job effectively. This article highlights 3 significant deals that changed history in the United States. Odds are, you have been affected by one of them!