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A Deep Dive Into Party Affiliation

A Deep Dive Into Party Affiliation | Social Studies at NKHS | Scoop.it
39% of Americans identify as independents, more than they do as Democrats ( 32%) or as Republicans (23%). This is the highest percentage of independents in more than 75 years of public opinion polling.
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The National WWII Museum | New Orleans: Learn: For Teachers: Virtual Field Trips

The National WWII Museum | New Orleans: Learn: For Teachers: Virtual Field Trips | Social Studies at NKHS | Scoop.it
The National WWII Museum offers distance learning programs that are videoconferenced into classrooms across the country.
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Guest Lecturer: Andrew Elliott McBurney tackles Civil Rights and Liberties

Guest Lecturer: Andrew Elliott McBurney tackles Civil Rights and Liberties | Social Studies at NKHS | Scoop.it
I am constantly amazed by the ingenuity of government teachers in this great land of ours. I run into them at PD in my home state of Virginia and abroad. I read what they are gracious enough to share...
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The Cost of Campaigns

The Cost of Campaigns | Social Studies at NKHS | Scoop.it
The Watergate campaign finance scandals led to a landmark law designed to limit the influence of money in politics. Forty years later, some say the scandal isn’t what is illegal, it’s what is legal.
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Almost all U.S. presidents have been Christians

Almost all U.S. presidents have been Christians | Social Studies at NKHS | Scoop.it
For President's Day, a look at the religious affiliations of all the U.S. chief executives.
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RESCOOP -- New Congress stumbles through its first month

RESCOOP -- New Congress stumbles through its first month | Social Studies at NKHS | Scoop.it
They’re battered, bruised and beaten down by their members — and it’s only the end of January. The first month of 2015 hasn’t been easy on any of Capitol Hill’s leaders, with casualties ranging from Harry Reid’s broken facial bones to the GOP’s circular firing squad on abortion, immigration and border security....

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Samantha Maldonado's curator insight, February 2, 2015 8:11 PM

The way things seem to be working out right now with congress do not seem so well. It is kind of impossible for the republican-majority congress to do anything when there is a democrat as president. Some of the issues that seem to be quite important for congress right now are the Keystone pipeline, abortion, immigration, and terrorism, and the only thing both parties can actually agree on is the latter. It seems like Reid  is one the most important and powerful people in congress, and with his return after his injury, things might change so congress really needs to be ready. I feel like both parties need to concentrate more on what the country needs and agree on something that will help it and us more that hurt it. Things can still work out if we have a congress with most republicans and our president is democratic. Although the republicans might not always be happy because of the presidents power to veto what they propose and he is totally against. 

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RESCOOP 2/4: Part #2: President Tweaks the Rules on Data Collection

RESCOOP 2/4: Part #2: President Tweaks the Rules on Data Collection | Social Studies at NKHS | Scoop.it
Intelligence analysts will be required to delete private information they may incidentally collect about Americans that has no intelligence purpose.

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Val's comment, February 5, 2015 10:20 PM
»WWII-Code breakers were used to decipher enemy messages.
»Truman created the NSA to watch the USSR and its satellites.
»The Patriot Act was instated following 9/11.
Hadi Bourji's curator insight, February 7, 2015 3:08 PM

Surveillance has changed greatly since the cold war. It is now easier for the government to use the technology that has evolved in order to gain information.

Isabel D.'s comment, February 9, 2015 9:11 PM
In WWII the US used surveillance to decode enemy messages; during the cold war the NSA helped to prevent against nukes, and today they help prevent terrorist attacks through internet tracking.
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Federal judge strikes down Alabama's same-sex marriage ban

Federal judge strikes down Alabama's same-sex marriage ban | Social Studies at NKHS | Scoop.it
U.S. District Judge Ginny Granade ruled that the Alabama Marriage Protection Act and the amendment that later enshrined it in the state constitution both were unconstitutional.
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Bill Of Rights

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Check out the lesson I created on Blendspace

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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, October 24, 2013 1:54 PM

Resources for Bill of Rights 8th grade history project.

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8 graphic organizers for primary sources | Indiana Jen

8 graphic organizers for primary sources | Indiana Jen | Social Studies at NKHS | Scoop.it
These are some great tools. I'm definitely going to play with a few!

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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, October 3, 2013 5:02 PM

For students who want to think like historians, these mnemonics would come in handy.

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Digital Collections - Library of Congress

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Digital Collections and Services: Access to print, pictorial and audio-visual collections and other digital services at the Library of Congress

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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, September 13, 2013 1:17 PM

 

Excellent resources for students!

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Digital Vaults: National Archives Experience

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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, September 13, 2013 1:42 PM

A visual exploration of a small portion of the National Archives resources. Great way to introduce students to the variety of primary source documents available.

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U.S. Government and Politics - YouTube

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Hunter Edsall's curator insight, September 6, 2015 7:58 PM

This is a fun way to learn about our United States Government online. Crash Course, on YouTube, gives you 30 episodes of fun political knowledge to help the viewer understand politics and the United States government a little better. With videos on recent topics that are being brought up in the local and national news, and the simple things about the government as well. All in all it is a great place to start when wanting to know more about politics and the government. 

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The Government Guru

The Government Guru | Social Studies at NKHS | Scoop.it
A website dedicated to teaching government & civics to high school students.
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Electoral College & Indecisive Elections | US House of Representatives: History, Art & Archives

Electoral College & Indecisive Elections | US House of Representatives: History, Art & Archives | Social Studies at NKHS | Scoop.it
“…and if there be more than one who have such Majority, and have an equal Number of Votes, then the House of Representatives shall immediately chuse by Ballot one of them for President…”— U.S. Constitution, Article II, section 1, clause 3The founders struggled for months to devise a way to select the President and Vice President. Gouverneur Morris, a delegate from Pennsylvania, compared the Federal Constitutional Convention’s debates on this issue to the Greek epic The Odyssey. “When this articl
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Fed Chairman Game

The Fed Chairman Game brought to you by Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. So you want to be in charge of monetary policy? Think you have what is takes to steer our country's central bank? See how it works by taking charge of a simulated economy.
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Civil Rights - Why Courts Matter

Civil Rights - Why Courts Matter | Social Studies at NKHS | Scoop.it
The Constitution requires equal rights and opportunity for all. The effectiveness of these laws depends on how our nation’s federal courts enforce these protections. The judges who sit on these courts matter. Find out why here!
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RESCOOP by 2/2 -- The nation’s cartoonists on the week in politics (See assignment below)

RESCOOP by 2/2 -- The nation’s cartoonists on the week in politics (See assignment below) | Social Studies at NKHS | Scoop.it
Every week political cartoonists throughout the country and across the political spectrum apply their ink-stained skills to capture the foibles, memes, hypocrisies and other head-slapping events in the world of politics. The fruits of these labors are hundreds of cartoons that entertain and enrage readers of all political stripes. Here's an offering of the best of this week's crop, picked fresh off the Toonosphere. Edited by Matt Wuerker.

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Amy Nguyen's curator insight, February 3, 2015 11:05 AM

I liked the 5th and the 8th cartoon. I liked how in the 5th cartoon the lady says, "I wish he'd stop putting our money where his mouth is.." It emphasizes how the people's money shouldn't be taken for granted. The people's money doesn't just grow on trees and it's hard earned money. I really liked the 8th cartoon because it's relatable to me as a student. Getting into college becomes more difficult every year with higher standards and higher tuition costs. It's more difficult for kids to get into school because there are so many kids these days that have to work in order to support their family as opposed to being able to get education. I like how the picture portrays the broken steps: pre-school as completely split in half which stresses that if one cannot get education early, they may never be able to get it later on. 

Ashley Sanchez's curator insight, February 3, 2015 8:12 PM

The two cartoons that I liked the most was the one where Signe Wilkinson depicts his opinion of Obama's proposal for two free years of community college. I like how with one picture Wilkinson was able to communicate how broken he believes the American public education system and how effective Obama's proposal would be because of it. The second cartoon I liked was that of Obama speaking with the Republican leaders. In it, the leaders seem confident that after the mid-term elections congress will be completely different since it is now lead by Republicans. However, the last strip of the cartoon shows that although the Republican leaders, who are moderates, seem confident in what they are saying, they are actually being pressured by the conservative Republicans. I thought this was really funny because it accurately depicts the internal struggles that the new congress is facing.

Alexander Galaktionov's curator insight, February 6, 2015 9:53 AM

I enjoy the cartoons #10 and #12. I picked # 10 because of simple meaning of the cartoon. I picked #12 because I enjoy when others make fun of how serious people think of the Super Bowl.

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Net Fix: Why FCC's Wheeler is 'defying the greatest lobbyists in the world' - CNET

Net Fix: Why FCC's Wheeler is 'defying the greatest lobbyists in the world' - CNET | Social Studies at NKHS | Scoop.it

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is at the center of a historic debate over how we'll all use the Internet. Fans applaud a consumer-friendly approach. Critics say he'll strangle innovation. Both sides agree he's not afraid to do what he thinks is right.


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Federalism -- Colorado sued by neighboring states over legal pot

Federalism -- Colorado sued by neighboring states over legal pot | Social Studies at NKHS | Scoop.it
The attorneys general of Nebraska and Oklahoma sued Colorado in the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday, arguing state-legalized marijuana from Colorado is improperly spilling across state lines.

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Amy Roach's curator insight, February 6, 2015 11:07 AM

This is an ideal example of issues that are caused by "laboratory" states.  Marijuana is legal in Colorado and Washington and not in other states. People who cross state lines with marijuana is causing issues. The issue might need to be taken to the federal level.

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Bill of Rights Institute

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The mission of the Bill of Rights Institute is to educate young people about the words and ideas of America’s Founders, the liberties guaranteed in our Founding documents, and how our Founding principles continue to affect and shape a free society. It is the goal of the Institute to help the next generation understand the freedom and opportunity the Constitution offers. 

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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, October 23, 2013 12:16 PM

Lesson plans, interactive games, and other resources for teachers and students. 

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A Democracy of Images

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Photos from the Smithsonian American Art Museum


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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, September 18, 2013 9:18 AM

 

 

Developing media literacy by studying primary source images is a critical thinking skill that often gets overlooked.  

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Smithsonian Institution Online

Smithsonian Institution Online | Social Studies at NKHS | Scoop.it
Search millions of objects in the collections including photographs, artworks, artifacts, scientific specimens, manuscripts, sound records, and transcripts. These represent Art, Design, History, Culture, Science and Technology.

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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, September 13, 2013 1:32 PM

Be sure to use the drop-down "search" button to limit your search to online media. Once you create a search, you can further limit your options on the results page.