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Top 10 eBooks for Social Studies Teachers

Top 10 eBooks for Social Studies Teachers | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
With hundreds of different topics to study between the major Social Studies disciplines, it can be a complete drag to pick out the best eBooks for your students.
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Resources from Rhode Island College History and Social Studies educators for the classroom http://geographyeducation.org
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An Educator’s Guide to the Immigration Debate

An Educator’s Guide to the Immigration Debate | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

"For at least a decade, immigration has been in the headlines  and have shaped the way students and their families think about immigration. They have opinions; many have first-person experience. That range of opinion and experience makes teaching about current immigration policy a daunting task, one that some teachers choose to avoid.  Everyone—across the political spectrum—agrees that our current immigration system is broken. Although it’s by no means certain that Congress will pass comprehensive immigration reform this year, the issues are too important not to discuss in class. And, the issues are perennial. We face many of the same questions policymakers have faced since the 1790s."

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10 American Facts You Can Use To Ruin Any July 4 Party

10 American Facts You Can Use To Ruin Any July 4 Party | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Just in case you want to be *that* person....
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Cold War Bomb Shelter

Cold War Bomb Shelter | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

Hal Hayes' Cold War bomb shelter,1953. Using the pool as a decontamination space! California architecture http://pic.twitter.com/4gLw17tC17 

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This picture has some cool vintage artwork to demonstrate innovative technology that was being use to create as a secret lair that when I was a boy would've been the envy of the neighborhood.  Yet, underneath this campy image is a profoundly tense geopolitical situation that was driving such schemes.  The image is both playful and ominous. 

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These 1861 Photos Helped Convince Abraham Lincoln to Preserve Yosemite for the Public

These 1861 Photos Helped Convince Abraham Lincoln to Preserve Yosemite for the Public | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Stanford University celebrates the National Park's 150th anniversary with some retro photos
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Technological advancements in photography were massively influential in creating an environmental preservation movement.  These are just as captivation now as they were 150 years ago. 

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Stunning D-Day Maps From TIME Magazine

Stunning D-Day Maps From TIME Magazine | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
World War II-era maps conjure a period in history when titanic forces were on the move, or were stuck in brutal stalemate, all over the globe.
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Lee Hall's curator insight, May 30, 6:42 AM

You can also find film footage of Capa's picture of the man in the surf of Normandy that was later published in Life magazine.

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The Sinking of the Lusitania-- (1918)

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On the 99th anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania, here's a groundbreaking animated propaganda film, dating from 1918, by pioneer animator Winsor McCay.  This is a fascinating historical glimpse at the event as it was recorded at the time, but also demonstrates the power of a new form of technology and how it was used to legitimize military action.  

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What Would You Have Looked Like 100 Years Ago?

What Would You Have Looked Like 100 Years Ago? | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

"From the scrunchies and jean jackets that dominated the 1980s to the plaid shirts and heavy boots that defined 1990s grunge, everyone has their favorite teenage fashion trend. But what would we have worn if we were flower children of the 1970s or flappers of the 1920s? Ohio State University student Annalisa Hartlaub was able to paint a picture by depicting each decade's quintessential mainstream and counterculture looks. Using herself as a model and tinting each picture to realistically reflect the technology of the decade, Hartlaub's "Counter // Culture" photo project catalogs nearly 100 years of fashion history from 1920 through today."

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"The Hatpin Peril" Terrorized Men Who Couldn't Handle the 20th-Century

"The Hatpin Peril" Terrorized Men Who Couldn't Handle the 20th-Century | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

"[In the early 20th century] To protect themselves from unwanted advances, city women protected themselves with some sharp accessories.  For the first time, women who fought back against harassers were regarded as heroes rather than comic characters, as subjects rather than objects. Society was transitioning, slowly but surely, from expecting and advocating female dependence on men to recognizing their desire and ability to defend themselves."

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Alexander the Great

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"Considered the finest military leader in history, Alexander III of Macedon, best known as Alexander the Great, was born in Pella, the Macedonian capital, in July 356 BC. His father, Philip II, was king of Macedon, one of many Greek city-states, and a great warrior.


Alexander the Great was the most gifted military commander in history, leading 40,000 soldiers 20,000 miles over the course of 12 years, and Hellenistic culture spread far and wide due to his military campaigns. Trade connected Greece to points as far away as India and China. Medicine, math, science and philosophy flourished, influencing the Romans, who would go on to influence Western European culture and therefore our culture today"

Seth Dixon's insight:

Here are the opening and concluding paragraphs of an article that my wife and I wrote for Maps 101.  If your school district subscribes you have access to a rich library of over 4,000 resources at your disposal.  If not, you are still able to listen to some of these articles on the Geography News Network that have be made into podcasts. 

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A New World Order...

A New World Order... | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

"People outside Independence Hall examining a new map of Europe before the end of WW1, in Philadelphia, October 1918" http://pic.twitter.com/pJIYeXJuj6 

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History vs. Vladimir Lenin

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Vladimir Lenin overthrew Russian Czar Nicholas II and founded the Soviet Union, forever changing the course of Russian politics. But was he a hero who toppled an oppressive tyranny or a villain who replaced it with another? Alex Gendler puts this controversial figure on trial, exploring both sides of a nearly century-long debate.

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History vs. Vladimir Lenin

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After Pearl Harbor, Vandals Cut Down Four of DC's Japanese Cherry Trees

After Pearl Harbor, Vandals Cut Down Four of DC's Japanese Cherry Trees | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

After Pearl Harbor, vandals chopped down four Japanese Cherry Trees. The vandals were never identified, but the carving on the stump made their intent pretty clear: to retaliate against Japan by attacking four of the cherry trees originally donated by the county in 1912 as a gesture of goodwill.

But for many people, destroying just four of the trees wasn't enough. Afterward, according to the Richmond Afro American, there was "talk of cutting [all] the trees down and replacing them with an American variety." In 1942, the Tuscaloosa News reported that "letters are pouring into the National Capital Parks commission, demanding that the gifts from Nippon be torn up by the roots, chopped down, burned."

Thankfully, cooler heads prevailed. 62 years before "Freedom Fries," parks staff decided that a simple change in nomenclature would suffice. Throughout the rest of the war, instead of calling them Japanese cherry trees, they were officially referred to as "Oriental Cherry Trees"—a label apparently presumed to be less inflammatory, partly because China and other Asian countries served as allies during the war.

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A Brief History of U.S. Diplomacy

A Brief History of U.S. Diplomacy | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

"The pages that follow trace the history of U.S. diplomacy from the first defensive steps of a fledgling nation to the global reach of a superpower. Benjamin Franklin is regarded as America’s first diplomat, and the four men pictured above were its first 'ministers of foreign affairs.'"

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The British View the War of 1812 Quite Differently Than Americans Do

The British View the War of 1812 Quite Differently Than Americans Do | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
The star-spangled war confirmed independence for the United States. But for Great Britain, it was a betrayal
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The Geography of D-Day

"Holy historic spaces! Has it really been 70 years? Indeed! on June 6th 2014, we commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy, France….a major turning point in World War 2, and even in world history, the repercussions of which we can still see today. This place, on this date, is when "Team West" was born, creating an entity that defines the modern world like no other, and has hugely shaped the path of the planet for 7 decades. This podcasts deals with just a few aspects of the geography of this particular military maneuver and its global repercussions."

Seth Dixon's insight:

If you haven't yet discovered John Boyer, a.k.a. the Plaid Avenger,  I recommend exploring his site.  He has numerous resources for world regional geography and current global affairs with great historical context. 

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 detailed podcast outlining the impacts of geopgraphy on the D-Day landings. Initially it seems as though the content is only relevant to Americans as the presenter discusses various Memorial days in the U.S., but the content broadens in scope a couple of minutes into the podcast.

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Remembering A Civil Rights Swim-In: 'It Was A Milestone'

Remembering A Civil Rights Swim-In: 'It Was A Milestone' | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Fifty years ago, J.T. Johnson and Al Lingo jumped into a whites-only pool in Florida as part of a civil rights protest. They were taken to jail — after the hotel owner poured acid into the water.
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Sometimes it's horrible events like these that leads to great steps towards progress. 

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GIS in the History Classroom

GIS in the History Classroom | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

"I have had a number of requests for copies of GIS in the History Classroom in a format other than iBooks. I have just completed an internet version of the book that works on Safari, Firefox, Chrome, and Internet Explorer."

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GIS is not just for geography classes; spatial thinking and spatial data management can help students learn a variety of subjects including history.  This free ebook will help history teachers to see how to unlock the power of Geographic Information Systems. 


Tagsmappinghistorical, GIS, geospatial, edtech.

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What U.S. History Would Have Been Like With Hashtags

What U.S. History Would Have Been Like With Hashtags | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
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This collection isn't meant to be serious, but these images would get students to think about how historical events were played out and see the internal social and political dynamics in ways that they can relate to. 

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What Vladimir Putin chooses not to know about Russian history

What Vladimir Putin chooses not to know about Russian history | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

KGB agents are apparently not taught history, or so it would seem from Vladimir Putin 's recent statement that only "God knows" how a portion of southeastern Ukraine ever became part of that country. The Russian president refers to the region as "New Russia," an old idea that has always been — and remains — an aspiration rather than a fact. Luhansk, Donetsk, Odessa and other New Russian cities have been a part of Ukraine for nearly a century. And even before that, they were never truly Russian.

Seth Dixon's insight:

Historical context is so critical and in this op-ed piece, a retired history professor explains the historical context that Putin is brushing aside as he seeks to legitimize more land grabs. 

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Archaeologists' findings may prove Rome a century older than thought

Archaeologists' findings may prove Rome a century older than thought | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
As Italian capital approaches 2,767th birthday, excavation reveals wall built long before official founding year of 753BC
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Last week Rome celebrated it's birthday, but like many of my friends, the age they tell the world is younger than reality.  753 B.C. is a long time ago, but examining the wall shows that it was around long before that.  As stated in the article, "It was already known that the settlement of Rome was a gradual process and that the traditional date for its foundation was invented by a later writer. There is evidence of people arriving on the Palatine hill as early as the 10th century BC." 

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10 inventions that owe their success to World War One

10 inventions that owe their success to World War One | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
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War can disrupt supply chains and also create new modes of production, promote emerging fashions and spur new innovations.  World War I was no blessing, but these inventions are the silver lining. 

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This is an interesting article. (Scooped from Dr. Dixon's page.)

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Because Washington Crossed the Delaware

Because Washington Crossed the Delaware | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

"This podcast explains the route that Washington and his troops took while crossing the Delaware River. Listeners will also discover the pivotal importance that this victory played on the Revolutionary War and American history. To read this entire article, please visit Maps101.com and to listen to our entire podcast collection, please visit Stitcher.com"

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Big History Project

Big History Project | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

"Consider the big questions about our Universe, our planet, life, and humanity. From the Big Bang to modern day to where we are going in the future, Big History covers it all."

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The map that caused a century of trouble

The map that caused a century of trouble | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

"A map marked with crude chinagraph-pencil in the second decade of the 20th Century shows the ambition - and folly - of the 100-year old British-French plan that helped create the modern-day Middle East."

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Many of the geopolitical issues that confront the Middle East stem from the secret Sykes-Picot Treaty that divvied up the Ottoman Empire

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Is this the best April Fool's ever?

Is this the best April Fool's ever? | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

"On 1 April 1957, the BBC current affairs programme Panorama hoaxed the nation with a report about the annual spaghetti harvest."

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Without some knowledge of the world around you, the more susceptible you can be to falling for anything.  Happy April Fools!  

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