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Resources from Rhode Island College History and Social Studies educators for the classroom http://geographyeducation.org
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Teacher spends two days as a student and is shocked at what she learns

Teacher spends two days as a student and is shocked at what she learns | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
'Teachers work hard, but I now think that conscientious students work harder. '
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Today in History...

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"The Cuban missile crisis as it was reported in The Times, 52 years ago today."

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Stephen Zimmett's curator insight, October 24, 3:50 PM

The Cuban Missile crisis was some thing Kennedy avoided

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The Evolution of Women's Workwear Through the Decades

The Evolution of Women's Workwear Through the Decades | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Clothes say a lot about women's evolving roles in the workplace. A history of 20th century office fashion in photos.
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Stephen Zimmett's curator insight, October 24, 3:48 PM

Another great picture by Seth Dixon

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Before Ebola, Ellis Island’s terrifying medical inspections

Before Ebola, Ellis Island’s terrifying medical inspections | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Oct. 15, 1966 marked the day that Ellis Island (along with Liberty Island and the Statue of Liberty) was officially listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.
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This is a timely opportunity to stitch some good American History into the current events that are dominating the airwaves. 

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History vs. Christopher Columbus

View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/history-vs-christopher-columbus-alex-gendler  Many people in the United States and Latin America have grown up celebrating the anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s voyage. But was he an intrepid explorer who brought two worlds together or a ruthless exploiter who brought colonialism and slavery? And did he even discover America at all? Alex Gendler puts Columbus on the stand in History vs. Christopher Columbus.

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Bonnie Bracey Sutton's curator insight, October 13, 1:55 PM

This is excellent. Look zt it and share.

 

 

Stephen Zimmett's curator insight, October 17, 5:34 PM

Christopher Columbus slaughtered many indians   in his quest to find  what we thought was his quest to discover America. He was ruthless and barbaric.  Honoring him on Columbus Day is a real misgiving for the American people.

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Quiz: Can You Figure Out the Meaning of Centuries-Old Slang?

Quiz: Can You Figure Out the Meaning of Centuries-Old Slang? | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
The words historical thesaurus may send children running to the hills, for fear they're likely to be bored to death by some fellow with a…
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How the Berlin Wall Fell

When TIME sent photographer Anthony Suau to cover the opening of the border between East and West Berlin in 1989, he knew it could be the story of a lifetime


In 1961, the communist government of East Germany erected a wall between the democratic West Berlin and communist East Berlin. For the next 28 years, the wall, which prevented most East Germans from defecting to the West, became a symbol of the Cold War. Photographer Anthony Suau shows us, through his photographs, how in November of 1989, the Berlin Wall fell and Germans began to reunite.

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See a TED ED lesson plan on this video here

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Stephen Zimmett's curator insight, October 17, 5:52 PM

If you are interested you should watch this video

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The Real Pirates of the Caribbean

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Explore the travels and exploits of five real pirates of the Caribbean. Click through the tabs to track the adventures of each pirate overlaid on Spanish ports and pirate strongholds in the area. Zoom into the map to see additional detail.
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This interactive StoryMap is great way to show the historical and geographic context of colonial-era piracy in the Caribbean.

 

Tags: Middle America, ESRI, mapping, historical.

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Jessica Rieman's curator insight, February 11, 1:54 PM

Pirates were real in this specific time period. But lets just say they were no the type we think of today that Blockbusters glorify. These types of pirates would have beeen working to discover treasures from the Tierra Firme trade line. The point of origin for the South American 'Tierra Firme' Treasure Fleets, ran from Portobelo (Panama) to the Orinoco Delta.

Jess Deady's curator insight, April 17, 10:27 AM

This is a fun exercise than can be used in many classrooms. I like being able to scroll through and zoom into what maps what I want to look at. Also, children love pirates (or most of them anyway) and this would be a great map to bring into their worlds.

Pascal Bazzea's curator insight, July 17, 8:00 AM

Un peu d'histoire... un peu 

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To understand life in East Germany, all you need is this board game

To understand life in East Germany, all you need is this board game | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
The board game called Bürokratopoly isn't about getting filthy rich, though players might feel filthy after they're done playing. The popular German game was created by dissidents in communist East Germany years ago as a satire about power and corruption. Now it has become a teaching tool for German kids trying to understand what it was like to live in the Communist East.
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Gas Prices of Yesteryear

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"Gas Prices, 1939 http://pic.twitter.com/o8R1lmPd9X "

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US Constitution Day Activities and Lesson Plans

US Constitution Day Activities and Lesson Plans | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

"Visit Us Online for US Constitution Day Activities and Lesson Plans. www.ConstitutionDay.cc  Provides Educational Resources and Links to Help Educators."

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Today the United States Constitution is 227 years old.  It was created to defend liberty and protect the individuals from the Government.  This site is your one-stop stop to get teaching resources on the Constitution.  

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Teaching about Emmett Till

Teaching about Emmett Till | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

"In memory, Emmett Till (July 25, 1941 – August 28, 1955). Lynched this day in history. Till was crucified by the mainstream press. Headlines from newspapers such as the Washington Post referred to him as the 'Wolf-Whistler.' (A 9/19/1955 article in the Post begins: 'Two white men, accused of killing a wolf-whistling Negro boy, went on trial in a steamy Mississippi Delta courtroom today, their two-year-old boys in their laps.' Till's mother's courageous decision, to have an open casket funeral and share photos of his mutilated body with the world, helped inspire the modern civil rights movement."

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Revisionist history would have us imagine that the Civil Rights movement was not triggered by moments of horrific miscarriages of justice; this was one of those galvinizing events.  Here are classroom resources about Emmett Till (A key primary document is the Look Magazine interview with the murderers).

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Bonnie Bracey Sutton's curator insight, August 30, 1:12 AM

This is a part of my personal history remembrance. At the time there was no press that reported on this. Just JET Magazine and the black newspapers the Journal and Guide. The pictures were so unusual that we all gasped. The body was repulsively mutilated. I can still see the images in my mind.

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DC's darkest day, a war that no one remembers

DC's darkest day, a war that no one remembers | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
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52 Powerful Photos Of Women Who Changed History Forever

52 Powerful Photos Of Women Who Changed History Forever | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
By being strong, brave, and human these women changed the world.
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Pictured above are girls delivering blocks of ice during World War I after most of the men were conscripted. 

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What Would A World's Fair Look Like Today?

What Would A World's Fair Look Like Today? | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Fifty years ago, the New York World's Fair laid out a dreamlike future for the planet. What would a world's fair look like if we held one today?
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If video killed the radio star and Netflix drove Blockbuster out of business, then the World Fairs as true Global events were undone by television.  The very idea of gathering in one place much like the Olympic Games to see the great innovations ahead of us even feels old fashioned.  Televised global coverage rendered the global coverage of the fair a little less magical and the event lost its sizzle.   

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40 maps that explain the Roman Empire

40 maps that explain the Roman Empire | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
2000 years ago today, the Roman Emperor Augustus died. His reign marked the start of a 200-year period of peace and prosperity for the empire.
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While some internet map compilations aren't that informative, Vox puts together some quality sources in a way that add perspective and insight to any given topic.  This collection on the Roman Empire gives today's students maps with perspective to see the size of the Roman Empire as well as maps to show the cultural and historic context. 

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AP U.S. History in the Rocket's Red Glare

AP U.S. History in the Rocket's Red Glare | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

History is the most difficult subject to write K-12 standards for, and for one simple reason: the discipline is bursting with information. There's not enough time, even over 13 years of public schooling, to teach students everything that is good to know in the subject. Of course, that doesn't stop pundits and parents from protesting -- often loudly -- when some preferred person or event is left out.

The new AP U.S. history framework is the most recent effort to raise howls. The College Board has begun revising many of its frameworks and tests in order to reflect changes in scholarship and better align with current college freshman-level survey courses. According to the College Board, the new AP course will emphasize students' "ability to think critically, construct solid arguments, and see many sides of an issue." Gone are the lists of topics, replaced by 27 "key concepts" each supported by 3-4 related concepts.

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These articles from the Huffington Post and Fox News show that the popular media is intrigued by the open letter from educators that feel that the new changes that to the APUSH course outline is too left-leaning.  While I've never taught AP U.S. History, I find the debate fascinating and wanted to share links for those of you that do teach the course.  The College Board has released to the public a full-length practice exam in AP U.S. history--so decide for yourself.    

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The French and British Redrew the Middle East After World War I

The French and British Redrew the Middle East After World War I | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Now that map is crumbling.
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A global guide to the first world war - interactive documentary

A global guide to the first world war - interactive documentary | History and Social Studies Education | 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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Andrea Taylor's curator insight, August 8, 9:54 AM

world war I interactive!!!!  Looks coolio!

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9 Things You May Not Know About the Declaration of Independence

9 Things You May Not Know About the Declaration of Independence | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
As people across the United States celebrate the nation’s birthday, explore nine surprising facts about the founding document adopted on July 4, 1776.
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Stephen Zimmett's curator insight, August 6, 2:50 PM

another interesting read by Seth

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A Post–World War I “Hunger Map of Europe,” Aimed at the Hearts of American Kids 

A Post–World War I “Hunger Map of Europe,” Aimed at the Hearts of American Kids  | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

This map prefaced a 1919 book by the United States Food Administration, titled Food Saving and Sharing: Telling How the Older Children of America May Help Save From Famine Their Comrades In Allied Lands Across the Sea. “Remember,” the text asked its readers, “that every little country on the [map] is not merely an outline, but represents millions of people who are suffering from hunger."

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Stephen Zimmett's curator insight, August 6, 3:02 PM

An  interesting story about the Germans:n France “the Germans set to work deliberately to do as much harm as possible,” destroying fruit trees and vineyards; they poisoned wells and burned houses.

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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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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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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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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."

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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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Anne-Maree Johnson's curator insight, June 24, 7:33 PM

 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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I'm a geography professor at Rhode Island College. I tweet @APHumanGeog I welcome suggestions & appreciate meaningful collaboration. http://geographyeducation.org