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America's First Multi-Millionaire, 250 Years Later - History

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History America's First Multi-Millionaire, 250 Years Later History Born in the town of Walldorf in what is now southwestern Germany on July 17, 1783, John Jacob Astor rose from humble beginnings to build one of America's first fortunes, thanks to a...
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Interesting glance at the life and business acumen of John Jacob Astor.

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Civics in Uncivil Times

Civics in Uncivil Times | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
In a chaotic and hostile election season — rupturing political parties, incessant name-calling, and growing dissention along racial and class lines — it may be tempting for educators to discourage political talk at school.
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A Special Message to Social Studies Teachers from Secretary John King, Jr. | National Council for the Social Studies

A Special Message to Social Studies Teachers from Secretary John King, Jr. | National Council for the Social Studies | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
A Special Message to Social Studies Teachers from Secretary John King, Jr. https://t.co/aNUNqqxKbW
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Know Students Better: 15 Tools for Formative Assessment

Know Students Better: 15 Tools for Formative Assessment | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
There is a very wide variety of digital formative assessment tools that can
be used for free. I’ve made simple graphics for 15 of them. Most of the
tools work with any web browser, so they are great for laptops, computer
labs, iPads, Chromebooks, tablets, and smartphones.
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Every Teacher Who Has An ELL In Their Class Should Watch This “Immersion” Film

Every Teacher Who Has An ELL In Their Class Should Watch This “Immersion” Film | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
The WIDA Consortium tweeted out a short clip to a 12 minute film titled “Immersion,” which was unknown to me. The film also has it’s own website. Fortunately, I was able to find t…
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Very powerful short film about what our EL students experience across the country.  
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Interactive Constitution from the National Constitution Center
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The Underground Railroad’s Troubling Allure

The Underground Railroad’s Troubling Allure | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Kathryn Schulz examines the history and artistic depictions of the anti-slavery effort, most recently in Colson Whitehead’s new novel.
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The significance of Simone Manuel’s swim is clear if you know Jim Crow

The significance of Simone Manuel’s swim is clear if you know Jim Crow | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
COLUMN | Few African Americans have excelled at Olympic swimming, which makes Manuel’s gold medal in Rio de Janeiro that much more powerful.
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Neil Gaiman on Why We Read and What Books Do for the Human Experience

Neil Gaiman on Why We Read and What Books Do for the Human Experience | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
"Truth is not in what happens but in what it tells us about who we are."
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Very powerful and resonating.  

"Well-meaning adults can easily destroy a child’s love of reading: stop them reading what they enjoy, or give them worthy-but-dull books that you like, the twenty- first-century equivalents of Victorian “improving” literature. You’ll wind up with a generation convinced that reading is uncool and, worse, unpleasant."
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American Geographical Society Library | UWM Libraries

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Did you know that right here in Wisconsin we have one of the biggest collections of maps in the world, including some extremely rare ones?  Check them out!
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What's the Difference Between England, Britain and the U.K.?

What's the Difference Between England, Britain and the U.K.? | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

Listen up, would-be Anglophiles: Here's how never to mess up your realms, kingdoms and empires again
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Easy to read explanation (with a graphic!) of the differences between England, Britain, and the UK, plus protectorates, allegiances, and all kinds of others.  
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Stunning network of carved WWI tunnels rediscovered in France

Stunning network of carved WWI tunnels rediscovered in France | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
The winding tunnels used by the American Expeditionary Force, sent by President Wilson to reinforce Britain and France, were recently discovered by an amateur battlefield explorer
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Teaching and Learning Resources | The Attack in Orlando: The Worst Mass Shooting in U.S. History

Teaching and Learning Resources | The Attack in Orlando: The Worst Mass Shooting in U.S. History | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
What will be the repercussions from the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history?
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Prelinger Archives : Free Movies : Download & Streaming : Internet Archive

Prelinger Archives : Free Movies : Download & Streaming : Internet Archive | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
View thousands of films from the Prelinger Archives! Prelinger Archives was founded in 1983 by Rick Prelinger in New York City. Over the next twenty years, it grew into a collection of over 60,000 ephemeral (advertising, educational, industrial, and amateur) films. In 2002, th
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Thousands of ephemeral films, photos, and more at the Prelinger Archive.  These were never meant to be "art" - they were made specifically for a time and place.  Could be really fun to bring to students' attention!  Watch for obvious bias and stereotypes.
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Inside the National Museum of African American History and Culture

Inside the National Museum of African American History and Culture | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
A floor-by-floor preview of the Smithsonian’s National African American Museum of History and Culture
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Tip of the Week: More Election Resources Than You’ll Ever Need But Will Probably Look at Anyway

Tip of the Week: More Election Resources Than You’ll Ever Need But Will Probably Look at Anyway | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
For a former poly sci major, a presidential election year is like one long Super Bowl party. Polls. Data. Ads. Commentary. Analysis. Policy discussions. Lots and lots of analysis.
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Reader Idea | Fostering a Deeper Understanding of Current Immigration Issues Using Infographics and Photographs

Reader Idea | Fostering a Deeper Understanding of Current Immigration Issues Using Infographics and Photographs | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
This Reader Idea asks students to take a closer look at the issue of immigration.
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Dakota Access Pipeline: What You Need to Know

Dakota Access Pipeline: What You Need to Know | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
UNITED STATES Conflict between Native American protesters and private security personnel over construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline has turned violent. What is the Dakota Access Pipeline? (NPR and CNN) Use our resources to learn more about the long history of Native American protest movements in the Dakotas. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list…
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Nat Geo Ed has a great overview for teachers about the Dakota Access Pipeline.  
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Newsela Unveils Exceptional Library Of Primary Sources Edited For Different “Levels”

Newsela Unveils Exceptional Library Of Primary Sources Edited For Different “Levels” | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Newsela, the exceptional reading site offering the same article written for different reading levels (see The Best Places To Get The “Same” Text Written For Different “Levels”) has unveiled a new &…
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I've told teachers about Newsela a number of times to introduce the idea of reading levels for current events.  Now, they have a primary source library that has been edited to different reading levels!  Primary source purists may have an issue with this, but there is some evidence that having students read both (easy version and regular version) can help with understanding.  What do you think?
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Is Olympic Coverage Sexist?

Is Olympic Coverage Sexist? | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
This lesson provides an opportunity for middle and high school students to learn more about the 2016 Olympics, reflect on what they’ve seen and heard and assess the extent to which there is sexism and stereotypes in the coverage of the 2016 Olympics. http://www.adl.org/education-outreach/lesson-plans/c/is-olympic-coverage-sexist.html
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Have Politics Become So Ugly That Educators Are Afraid To Teach Civics?

Have Politics Become So Ugly That Educators Are Afraid To Teach Civics? | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Schools wary of Clinton versus Trump minefields are avoiding lessons on governmentbut it's to the detriment of our kids, say experts.
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The American Colonist's Library-A Treasury of Primary Documents (Repost)

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Primary sources about the beginnings of the United States. 
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The Challenges of Teaching Students About Black Lives Matter

The Challenges of Teaching Students About Black Lives Matter | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
The lengthy timelines of publishing new history textbooks—and the problematic narratives those books often present—push primary resources to the forefront of current-events education.
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Great look at what happens when events won't hit history textbooks for years - how to use primary sources for current events and issues in the classroom.
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Google Cultural Institute: Now new and improved

Google Cultural Institute: Now new and improved | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
I'll admit it. I've been on a Google kick lately, especially with the recent release of some new Google gadgets. Led some on-site Chromebook trainings. Hooked a few people on the power of Cardboard.
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Google Cultural Institute is now Google Arts & Culture, just FYI.  :)
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Escape Tunnel, Dug by Hand, Is Found at Holocaust Massacre Site

Escape Tunnel, Dug by Hand, Is Found at Holocaust Massacre Site | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
In 1944, 80 captive Jews who were being forced to burn bodies at a Nazi extermination site attempted an escape.
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The Voting Habits of Americans Like You

The Voting Habits of Americans Like You | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
The electorate is increasingly divided by race, education, gender and generation, and these fissures could grow even wider in 2016.
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Fascinating charts of the 2012 election, divided by race, gender, age, and area of the country.  
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