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Historical Thinking | The Historical Thinking Project

Historical Thinking | The Historical Thinking Project | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

What should students know after 12 years of studying history in school? What should they be able to do with their knowledge? Surely they should have more than an accumulation of memorized facts to show for years of study. Students need to meet the challenge of understanding their own lives in the historical context of past decades, centuries and millennia.

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Young Indians And Pakistanis Rewrite Their Shared History - NPR (blog)

Young Indians And Pakistanis Rewrite Their Shared History - NPR (blog) | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
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Young Indians And Pakistanis Rewrite Their Shared History
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When Britain ended its colonial rule in 1947, splitting the Asian subcontinent into two countries, India and Pakistan, it wasn't just the land that was divided.
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This could be a GREAT lesson for students on author bias and sourcing.  Young Indians and Pakistanis compare what their history books say about their shared history - and then work to write a common story.  

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Cartographic Anomalies: How Map Projections Have Shaped Our Perceptions of the World

Cartographic Anomalies: How Map Projections Have Shaped Our Perceptions of the World | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

Elizabeth Borneman explores how cartography and cartographic projections help and hinder our perception of the world.

"How do you think the world (starting with our perceptions) could change if the map looked differently? What if Australia was on top and the hemispheres switched? By changing how we look at a map we truly can begin to explore and change our assumptions about the world we live in."

 

Geography doesn’t just teach us about the Earth; it provides ways for thinking about the Earth that shapes how we see the world.  Maps do the same; they represent a version of reality and that influences how we think about places. 

 

Tags: mapping, perspective.


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Very interesting article on how map projections potentially effect our view of the world.  

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CHS AP Human Geography's curator insight, August 14, 2:30 PM

Use as small cards that students can sort in small groups?  Post as gallery walk?  Skill builder to identify areas of distortion (shape, area, distance, etc)?  

HumdeBut's curator insight, August 15, 1:15 AM

bien intéressant !

YEC Geo's curator insight, August 15, 7:03 AM

I love maps, but it's easy to forget that reproducing a three-dimensional object on a two-dimensional surface involves many trade-offs.  This article highlights those trade-offs.

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ISIL/ISIS/Islamic State - Current Context - CA History-Social Science Project

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The California History-Social Science Project out of UC-Davis has released a short, four-page overview of the current events involving ISIL/ISIS in Iraq and Syria.  It has a couple of pages of background reading, a timeline, a map, and a list of resources and websites for further information.  As always, they have done a GREAT job with their research and format!

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Cherry wars: The crazy economics of Michigan's favorite pitted fruit - The Muskegon Chronicle

Cherry wars: The crazy economics of Michigan's favorite pitted fruit - The Muskegon Chronicle | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Cherry wars: The crazy economics of Michigan's favorite pitted fruit
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10658204_s.jpg Michigan’s sour cherry producers are sometimes forced to dump crops to control market supply, even as the U.S.
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This is a fascinating look at the supply and demand of tart cherries, and how agriculture subsidies and requirements affect supply and cherry farmers.  

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Teaching History Outside the Box

Teaching History Outside the Box | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
How do you improve history instruction for young people? My advice might seem hopelessly out of touch with the realities that history educators face in classrooms every day.
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Do we teach history for the love of history?

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These Maps Reveal How Slavery Expanded Across the United States

These Maps Reveal How Slavery Expanded Across the United States | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
As the hunger for more farmland stretched west, so too did the demand for enslaved labor
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IDEAS: Economics and Finance Research

IDEAS is a central index of economics
and finance research, including working papers, articles and software code
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This is a HUGE database of economic information, data, and analysis.  Might be fun to release your AP students in to!

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Current Events in Historical Context — California History-Social Science Project

Current Events in Historical Context — California History-Social Science Project | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
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The California History-Social Science Project from UC-Davis opened a new part of their website, called "Current Context".  Right now, they have a brand new set of materials on Ukraine and Crimea, including background information, maps, a timeline of important events, and links to other resources.  

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23 Photos Of People From All Over The World Next To How Much Food They Eat Per Day

23 Photos Of People From All Over The World Next To How Much Food They Eat Per Day | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
span style="font-size:16px;">Photographers Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluisio, who also happen to be married, traveled around the world and met people from all walks of life.
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Great visuals similar to the old "Material World" program from PBS Media - students can see very clearly differences in diet (and cultures!) across the world.  

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Veterans National Education Program

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Veterans Educating America's Students
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The Global Awareness Maps available through the Veterans National Education Program are really interesting and seem to be very valuable for classroom discussions on current issues around the world.  

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School Districts Still Face Fights—and Confusion—on Integration

School Districts Still Face Fights—and Confusion—on Integration | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
60 years after Brown v. Board, the federal government’s enforcement of desegregation has all but disappeared.
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Did you know that at least 300 school districts across the country that are still under federal desegregation orders that have never been lifted?  Fascinating article on federal desegregation and the work that still needs to be done.  

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The 5 U.S. Counties Where Racial Diversity Is Highest—and Lowest

The 5 U.S. Counties Where Racial Diversity Is Highest—and Lowest | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Why are Alaska's Aleutian Islands so ethnically mixed? And other questions from a new map of U.S. populations.
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The article in itself is interesting, bu the links to five different maps of diversity could be the start of some fascinating classroom discussions.  

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Heather Ramsey's curator insight, June 3, 10:09 AM

For students:

 

What factors do you think should be considered when interpreting the map of racial diversity above? What conclusion can you draw when you compare the map above to this map of population density in the U.S. (linked below)?

 

http://www.census.gov/geo/maps-data/maps/pdfs/thematic/us_popdensity_2010map.pdf

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Unrest in Ukraine | Teaching with the News | Brown University

Unrest in Ukraine | Teaching with the News | Brown University | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
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Brown University's very popular Choices curriculum has released a "Teaching with the News" lesson on the Unrest in Ukraine.  

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Man Receives Diploma 55 Years After Being Denied Graduation For Refusing To Accept Racism

Man Receives Diploma 55 Years After Being Denied Graduation For Refusing To Accept Racism | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
In 1959, Alva Earley was denied a diploma after taking a stand against segregation. Fifty-five years later, with a little help from some determined friends, he finally received what he should've gotten a long time ago.
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Fascinating story for students about the effects of the Civil Rights Movement.  It wasn't all big huge things - sometimes, it was denying one person something they had earned.  

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Are Great Teachers Born or Made? - The Atlantic

Are Great Teachers Born or Made? - The Atlantic | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Are Great Teachers Born or Made?
The Atlantic
This is just one of many comparisons that teachers make in Green's book. They also liken their profession to surgery, general medicine, nursing, professional athletics, and even chamber music.
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Is great teaching a gift or a skill?

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Instructional Unit Samples - Social Studies | CDE

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The Colorado Dept of Education has worked with teachers statewide to write model elementary social studies lesson plans.  For those struggling with incorporating social studies into their elementary level, this might be a good resource!

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Learning, Unlearning, and Relearning: Implications for GIS Education - YouTube

Learning, Unlearning, and Relearning: Implications for GIS Education.
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I met @josephkerski at the Esri T3G workshop last month, and to say that he literally vibrates with his passion and excitement for Geography and GIS education is an understatement.  I love this video about learning, unlearning, and relearning, not only for the way it focuses on GIS, but looking at it for education as a whole.  Isn't that what we do?  whether willingly or being dragged along the way, we learn, unlearn, and relearn new ways to "do" education.  Awesome.  

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How Different Cultures Understand Time

How Different Cultures Understand Time | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Time may seem universal, but different cultures interpret it very differently. (RT @Folmerica: How Different Cultures Understand Time.
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A truly fascinating article about the concept of time and how different cultures view it.  

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Teach the Books You Love!

Teach the Books You Love! | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Just another WordPress site
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Teachers sometime struggle with determining which text applies well to social studies content, concepts, and skills.  Using Lexile scores is helpful for the literacy portion, but learning how to use qualitative analysis on books (such as theme, knowing your reader, scaffolding, etc) can be very helpful.  Take a look at suggestions from educators on why certain books could be used at different times, even if the Lexile does not "match".  

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North Korea v South Korea: every incident mapped

North Korea v South Korea: every incident mapped | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Mapping tensions between North and South Korea (Awesome!
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Interactive map showing incidents between North and South Korea over decades since the Korean War.

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#Bringbackourgirls, #Kony2012, and the complete, divisive history of “hashtag ... - Washington Post

#Bringbackourgirls, #Kony2012, and the complete, divisive history of “hashtag ... - Washington Post | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
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#Bringbackourgirls, #Kony2012, and the complete, divisive history of “hashtag ...
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#Bringbackourgirls, #Kony2012, and the complete, divisive history of “hashtag activism”.
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A very interesting post on what is becoming known as Hashtag Activism.  Is awareness the same as action?  I'm not sure.  What would your students say?

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Mr. D's Social Studies Classroom's comment, May 11, 6:45 PM
When students were first made aware of Kony, they responded in mass without looking at both sides of the issue. I'm not saying one side was more righteous than the other, but so many inhaled without taking time to exhale as well.
Mr. MacCollum's curator insight, May 13, 7:28 PM

Is awareness the same as action? Is hashtag activism a legitimate form of social protest? Read and consider some of the background.

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40 Maps That Explain The Middle East

40 Maps That Explain The Middle East | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
These maps are crucial for understanding the region's history, its present, and some of the most important stories there today.
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Maps can help students understand what words do not explain well.  

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Retronyms: Linguistic Shifts

Retronyms: Linguistic Shifts | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

A 'retronym' is a term specifying the original meaning of word after a newer meaning has overtaken it.


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Very interesting look at how language changes over time.  Examples:  landline, "friend IRL", and vinyl.

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Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, May 3, 6:06 AM

unit 3

God Is.'s curator insight, May 3, 10:15 AM

Some of you might appreciate this article.. Darn I feel old! LOL

A.K.Andrew's curator insight, May 6, 5:32 PM

Fantastic images for our modern day terms.

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Aleppo Diary: Stories from the Front Lines - Dispatch - WSJ

Aleppo Diary: Stories from the Front Lines - Dispatch - WSJ | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
The Journal's Sam Dagher recently spent 10 days reporting from Aleppo, scene of one of the longest and bloodiest campaigns of Syria's civil war. In this reporter's notebook, he recalls his experiences there and tells the stories of the people he met near the front lines.
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A WSJ reporter reflects on his 10-day visit to Syria.  

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What can history teach us about the unrest in Ukraine? - PBS NewsHour

What can history teach us about the unrest in Ukraine? - PBS NewsHour | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
What can history teach us about the unrest in Ukraine?
PBS NewsHour
And language. MEGAN THOMPSON: Can you walk me through all the things that have bound Ukraine and Russia together throughout history?
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