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Kent State: Past and Present

Kent State: Past and Present | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

On May 4, 1970, the Ohio National Guard gunned down Jeffrey Miller, Allison Krause, William Knox Schroeder, and Sandra Scheuer during an anti-war protest at Kent State University.

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Maegan Anderson's comment, May 7, 2013 12:37 AM
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Photos like this that juxtapose the original photograph to present day surroundings always grab me.  What an interesting discussion this could be in a history classroom!

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Kent State: Past and Present | @scoopit via @APHumanGeog http://sco.lt/...

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Dating in the 1940s

1947 Archival advice
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This video is a classic cultural production that is filled with unintented comedy for today's youth (and adults--I laughed plenty).  It does chronicle the some of the popular culture interactions among youth in that day and dating practices.  It also is a normative production designed to show how things should be within society.  This normative element of earlier TV products (like Leave it to Beaver and Father knows Best) means that they aren't prefect reflections of the society that produced them, but represent an idealized form that many believed should be the aspirational goals of society.    

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The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere

Dramatic reading of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's classic poem, "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere" by cdavid cottrill. History Website: https://sites.google.c...
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As a friend of mine said, the ride of Paul Revere and Bunker Hill are great examples of geography shaping history.  To see this map of these events, see the Google Earth file.  

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Ann-Laure Liéval's curator insight, April 20, 2013 5:55 AM

Peu connu en France, un héros de la révolution américaine, et son épopée devenue mythique.

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Primary Sources

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"Kindergarten Historians" is fantastic example that shows that it's never too early to start using primary sources. 

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Most Americans think teen pregnancy is getting worse. Most Americans are wrong.

Most Americans think teen pregnancy is getting worse. Most Americans are wrong. | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Teen births are at their lowest rate since the 1940s. Most Americans have no idea that we're actually in the midst of a a big public health success story.
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Now to the big question that this infographic does not answer: why do American's think that the opposite is true?


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The History of April Fools Day

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Here's a little historical perspective on the silliness that will ensue on April 1st this year.  My older brother's birthday is on April 1st and he is VERY tired of April Fool's themed parties or gags. 

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Mapping the Dead

Mapping the Dead | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
The Huffington Post compiled news reports of gun-related homicides and accidental deaths in the U.S. since the massacre in Newtown, Conn. on the morning of Dec. 14.
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International Women’s day is March 8 and March is Women’s History Month - What Role Have Women Played in the History of Mapmaking?

International Women’s day is March 8 and March is Women’s History Month - What Role Have Women Played in the History of Mapmaking? | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Many women's organizations and governments around the world observe International Women’s Day annually on March 8th. The United States designates the whole month of March as Women's History Month. ...
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Selena Mini's comment, March 12, 2013 10:31 AM
Women always play a viatal role in the life.
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National Archives: Searching for the Seventies

National Archives: Searching for the Seventies | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
“Searching for the Seventies” takes a new look at the 1970s using remarkable color photographs taken for a Federal photography project called Project DOCUMERICA (1971-1977).
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This may sound crazy, but the 1970s are ancient history to today's students.  This photo essay with 30 images provides a great cross section of images of daily life and the important issues of the day. 

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GranGoddessa's curator insight, March 8, 2013 12:05 PM

“Searching for the Seventies” takes a new look at the 1970s using remarkable color photographs taken for a Federal photography project called Project DOCUMERICA (1971-1977).

Kevin Morrice's comment, March 9, 2013 6:47 AM
Great scoop! Nice little trip down memory lane.
Aulde de Barbuat's curator insight, March 19, 2013 7:17 PM

Short reading plus interesting photographs about the seventies

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The state of our union is … dumber: how linguistic standards have declined in the president's address

The state of our union is … dumber: how linguistic standards have declined in the president's address | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Using the Flesch-Kincaid readability test the Guardian has tracked the reading level of every state of the union
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I do NOT think that this implies that U.S. presidents are getting dumber and less articulate...I do think that this says much more about the intented audience.  On one hand I am glad that presidents today are trying to connect with all citizens regardless of their eductional background, but I wish that their ideas were more nuanced and content-laden instead of fluffly sound-bites.    

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Heather Ramsey's curator insight, February 20, 2013 7:54 PM

For any text that you read, it can be measured and evaluated to determine the reading level. Teachers use different methods to figure out the level of texts that they give to you, and they compare the reading levels to grade levels in school.  For example, "Harry Potter and the Socerer's Stone" is written at a 5th grade reading level, according to the book company Scholastic. This link from the Guardian shows an interactive timeline of all State of the Union addresses and the reading level of the speech given by the presidents. This does not mean that the presidents have been getting dumber. It just means that over time the speeches have become accessible to more and more Americans regardless of their education level. But the timeline does show an interesting trend. Take a look below the timeline at the level of the State of the Union speeches for each president and compare the quotes. Do they seem more complex to you as they go back through the years?

 

 

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Top 10 Myths About Mass Shootings

Top 10 Myths About Mass Shootings | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
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While the emotions are high, the rhetoric fully charged.  I found this to be a thoughtful arcticle to dispel some of the myths surrounding mass shootings. 

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Resources: Talking and Teaching About the Shooting in Newtown, Connecticut

Resources: Talking and Teaching About the Shooting in Newtown, Connecticut | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Some resources from The Times, The Learning Network and around the Web that may help in talking and teaching about this news.
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This is not an easy or a fun topic for next week, but it may be a disservice to avoid the topic.  This compiles some great New York Times resources to share with students and suggestion on how to approach the topic. 

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Crop It

Crop It | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

Thank you Teachinghistory.org. This could easily make for some great future lesson plans.


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Ms. Harrington's curator insight, January 24, 2013 9:48 AM

"Croping" Primary sources

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Why CERN is recreating the very first web page

Why CERN is recreating the very first web page | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
The European science organization wants to remind the world that, 20 years ago, it gave us the World Wide Web for free
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We take the web for granted today, and this is a great reminder of how revolutionary this was; simultaneously so few at the time even knew that it happened, cared or realized how it would reshape their future. 

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Boston Magazine's Heart-Shaped Shoes: The Story Behind the Beautiful Cover

Boston Magazine's Heart-Shaped Shoes: The Story Behind the Beautiful Cover | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
For their May cover, following the Boston Marathon bombing, Boston Magazine has created an indelible image made from shoes worn by the marathon's runners. The cover, while evoking the horror of the bombing, is primarily a forward looking message.
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How is power divided in the United States government?

View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/how-is-power-divided-in-the-united-states-government-belinda-stutzman Article II of the United States Constitution allows for three separate branches of government (legislative, executive, and judicial), along with a system of checks and balances should any branch get too powerful. Belinda Stutzman breaks down each branch and its constitutionally-entitled powers.

Lesson by Belinda Stutzman, animation by Johnny Chew.

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Kimberly (Pope) Kindred's curator insight, April 17, 2013 12:08 AM

TED ED is one of the best resources I found for my classes this year. Great way to supplement lessons and content.

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Technological changes

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This animated GIF of the technological changes within the music industry is fascinating.  First the Vinyl, then cassette, and the CD each were the dominant product for a time.  Today, digital music has superceded any "hard copy" format and that changes how we interact with music.  Musicians aren't trying to make a great album with 10 memorable tracks that blend together; those that spend time resisting these changes to the industry were definitely on the wrong side of history. 

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Tony Hall's comment, April 11, 2013 12:32 AM
So very cool:) Great for illustrating the concept of change over time.
Tony Hall's curator insight, April 11, 2013 12:33 AM

I think this is awesome. Fantastic way of illustraing change over time. 

MrJocz's curator insight, May 2, 2013 11:36 PM

This is pretty awesome!

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The South still lies about the Civil War

The South still lies about the Civil War | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
In an ongoing revisionist history effort, Southern schools and churches still pretend the war wasn't about slavery
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This inflammatory headline is designed to catch your attention, but also to challenge conventional wisdom.  The teaching of history isn't just about uncovering the past, but it is also about how we frame the past.   Popular opinion is often very far from academic opinion on issues such as the Civil War. 

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A soldier's eye: rediscovered pictures from Vietnam

A soldier's eye: rediscovered pictures from Vietnam | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

"Staff Sergeant Edgar D. Bledsoe, of Olive Branch, Ill., cradles a critically ill Vietnamese infant. The child was brought to Fire Support Base Pershing. This image, with this caption, was originally published in Vol. 3 No. 53 of Tropic Lightning News, December 30, 1968."

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This gallery of 46 vintage images of the Vietnam War (primarily of U.S. GI's) shows the humanity and the pains of war.  This photoessay is very informative and moving.

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Kristen McDaniel's curator insight, March 29, 2013 9:42 AM

Charlie Haughey was assigned as a staff photographer in Vietnam, and took over 2000 photos during his 18 month tour.  The negatives sat for 40 years...until now.  

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Anti-Suffrage Propaganda

Anti-Suffrage Propaganda | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Thank goodness for the failure of those insufferable suffragettes! Why, just imagine the domestic anarchy if the lesser sex were allowed to cast ballots today. Wait...what? Crap. Well, if you crazy...
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This set of old "anti-suffrage" propaganda might seem funny, quaint or old-fashioned from our modern lens (or infuriatingly patriarchal), but they are also great primary document to examine the cultural values and political climate of the United States at the turn of the century (even that phrase is old-fashioned and now out of date).  For more see the Choices Program's supplemental board. 

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Tere Plana's curator insight, April 30, 2013 4:00 AM

Em diu que possi el meu punt de vista! Nooor!

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Inside the Conclave

Inside the Conclave | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
The world watches with interest as cardinals gather in conclave to elect the next pope. This infographic was produced for the Catholic News Service.
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Rogério Rocha's comment, March 11, 2013 9:57 AM
Parabéns pela postagem. Bastante esclarecedora. Um abraço.
Trisha Klancar's curator insight, March 12, 2013 8:28 AM

LIVE HISTORY...for kids today.

Kristen McDaniel's curator insight, March 15, 2013 11:12 AM

Infographic looking at what goes on inside the Conclave.

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World Trade Center Bombing Resonates 20 Years Later

World Trade Center Bombing Resonates 20 Years Later | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Today marks the 20th anniversary of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, which was overshadowed eight years later by the 9/11 attacks.
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This event and how it was covered just highlights what the mindset of the United States was like before 9/11 in regard to terrorism.  The media style was also strikingly different just 20 years ago before the massive market segmentation.   

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Cornel West Explains Why It Bothers Him That Obama Will Be Taking The Oath With MLK's Bible

January 19, 2013 C-SPAN http://MOXNews.com
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Historical memory gets used for modern-day politics as a source of inspiration and direction, to connection current policies and figures with a rich heritage and legacy from heroes of yesteryear.  Here is one voice that takes umbrage to this usage of the past for political manuveurings.  

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101 Super Sites for Social Studies Teachers

101 Super Sites for Social Studies Teachers | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
A list of the top 101 websites for social studies, U.S. history, world history, government, economics and civics teachers.
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Many on the list are things I'm sure many of you have seen before, but it is long enough to have a few new resources for even the most seasoned social studies teacher. 

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Mohamed Cherif's curator insight, July 30, 2013 10:42 AM

Amazing

 

Mohamed Cherif's curator insight, July 30, 2013 10:59 AM

A wonderful source of different materials that, you teacher, will certainly enjoy and then introduce your students to a variety of activities...

Mohamed Cherif's comment, July 30, 2013 11:00 AM
Amazing
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Veterans Day 2012

Veterans Day 2012 | History and Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Over the past few days, United States veterans who have served in the armed forces were honored during Veterans Day events.


This is a great gallery with 36 fantastic images.

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