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Speech, Identity, and Losing the Accent » Sociology Lens

Speech, Identity, and Losing the Accent » Sociology Lens | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
The voice has not often been addressed as a specific subject for sociological analysis, despite affecting and representing a great range of highly sociological topics such as social stratification and identity, amongst many ...
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Fascinating look at how accents in the UK are stratified - there's a good comparison to make to the "standard Midwest accent" on the TV and radio.  

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Half of US Counties Haven't Recovered From Recession - Wall Street Journal (blog)

Half of US Counties Haven't Recovered From Recession - Wall Street Journal (blog) | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Half of US Counties Haven't Recovered From Recession
Wall Street Journal (blog)
The report, released Monday, examined four economic indicators: GDP, total number of jobs, unemployment rates and home prices.
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Although the recession has officially been over since 2010, this map shows that half of the counties in the United States have not bounced back to pre-recession numbers.  What does this mean?

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Panoramic Wall Photos Examine the World's Most Volatile Borders | Raw File | Wired.com

Panoramic Wall Photos Examine the World's Most Volatile Borders | Raw File | Wired.com | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
In photographing politically significant walls from all over the world, one thing has become clear to photographer Kai Wiedenhöfer: "Peace begins where walls fall, not where they are erected,” he says.
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Fascinating photos of the world's most volatile borders.  

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A Map of the 124 United States of America That Could Have Been

A Map of the 124 United States of America That Could Have Been | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
In 2011, Andrew Shears created this interesting map that shows 124 states that could have existed in America if various failed partition proposals throughout history had succeeded. Visit Shears' website to read more about ...
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What if all the sessionist movements in the United States had succeeded?  Witness the 124 United States of America!

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A revealing map of the world’s most and least ethnically diverse countries

A revealing map of the world’s most and least ethnically diverse countries | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
According to a landmark 2002 study, diversity correlated with lower GDP, worse governance and, interestingly, equatorial latitude.
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Interesting map looking at diversity around the world.  

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If You Refrain from Talking about Race, People Might Think You’re Racist » Sociological Images

If You Refrain from Talking about Race, People Might Think You’re Racist » Sociological Images | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

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A fascinating sociology experiment:  in a study, people were asked to pick one face from a field of 12 and another person asked yes/no questions to determine which face the other chose.  Although half the faces were white and half African-American, it was extremely rare for people to ask what race the person had chosen, for fear of being viewed as racist.  

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Here's The Infamous 1962 Document Committing Mandela To Prison

Here's The Infamous 1962 Document Committing Mandela To Prison | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Nelson Mandela was in prison for 27 years, here's the document that sent him there.
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Primary source analysis - powerful, and real.  How coudl students analyze this document?

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Income Upshot: What does your income say about you?

Income Upshot: What does your income say about you? | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Marketplace is charting the relationship between what we earn and how we live, work and play. Enter your income and Zip code to see how you stack up.
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Enter an income and your zip code, and see interesting information regarding what the majority of people with your same income have and do.  Great for comparisons of standard of living across the country.  

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Education Services: Wisconsin American Indian Resources from the Wisconsin Historical Society Press

Education Services: Wisconsin American Indian Resources from the Wisconsin Historical Society Press | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
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All of the offerings from the WI Historical Society on American Indian Studies in Wisconsin.  Pretty cool, hey?

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Civil War Battles & Casualties

Civil War Battles & Casualties | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

Via Seth Dixon
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Awesome interactive map of Civil War battles

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Ms. Harrington's curator insight, November 18, 2013 9:10 AM

Interactive map

Arlis Groves's curator insight, November 25, 2013 6:09 PM

This interactive map can be a helpful resource for details about battle casualties.

Teresa M. Nash's comment, November 27, 2013 11:20 PM
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Telling Personal Stories From the Holocaust Makes History Come Alive - The Atlantic

Telling Personal Stories From the Holocaust Makes History Come Alive - The Atlantic | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Telling Personal Stories From the Holocaust Makes History Come Alive
The Atlantic
And that link between humanity and history will vanish.
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The use of personal testimony can make history more meaningful to students.  How can testimony be used in the classroom?

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Geography's Curse: India's Vulnerable 'Chicken's Neck' - the Diplomat

Geography's Curse: India's Vulnerable 'Chicken's Neck' - the Diplomat | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Geography's Curse: India's Vulnerable 'Chicken's Neck'
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The creation of East Pakistan (which became Bangladesh in 1971) along religious lines necessitated the awkward choke point in India's contemporary geography.
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Ever wonder about the history of the map of India, and why there is that skinny little separation north of Bangladesh?  

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Student Documentaries in History Class

Student Documentaries in History Class | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Every year, I have my students make documentaries (or digital stories) in class. If you would like to see my previous exploration into the realm of digital storytelling, you can check out those pos...
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Detailed look at how one teacher scaffolds student learning through student documentary writing.  

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40 more maps that explain the world

40 more maps that explain the world | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
I've searched wide and far for maps that can reveal and surprise and inform in ways that the daily headlines might not.

Via Seth Dixon
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It's so fascinating to visualize the differences in culture and environment around the world. 

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Christophe CESETTI's curator insight, January 23, 2:37 PM

Pearltree "Géographie" http://pear.ly/cqIbP

Terheck's curator insight, January 26, 2:58 AM

Une sélection de 40 cartes qui permettent de mieux comprendre notre monde.

Jessica Rieman's curator insight, February 11, 11:30 AM

When looking at this map there area few things that stick out to me and not just the colors. Fistly what I founf interesting was that South America in relation to where we live is quite different. For example, The US economic status is High Class at $12195 or more for most of the East and West Coast and then it is dull in the middle. These facts compared to South America where they are mostly upper middle class at around $3946-12185 and a portion of them are the lower middle class which rings in at around $886-3945.

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Five tips to help you interpret a satellite image - Google Earth Blog

Five tips to help you interpret a satellite image - Google Earth Blog | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
We often feature some of the amazing images from the NASA Earth Observatory on our site, and they’ve recently published a post that gives some additional insight on how learn more about any satellite imagery that you come across.
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From the Google Earth blog:  when you're looking at a satellite image, remember to look for scale, patterns and shapes - just what a geographer would do!

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Mapping Poverty in America

Mapping Poverty in America | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Data from the Census Bureau show where the poor live.
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Interactive map using data from the US Census Bureau.  Where are the most poverty-stricken areas of the US?

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Heat maps reveal where you feel emotions in your body - io9

Heat maps reveal where you feel emotions in your body - io9 | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Emotions are as much physical as they are mental, and it appears that people from a wide range of cultures feel their emotions in the same places on their bodies. This map shows where those places are -- from the blush of ...
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How do emotions get physical?

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Spend Your Weekend Gawking at Nearly 700 Old Maps of the U.S.

Spend Your Weekend Gawking at Nearly 700 Old Maps of the U.S. | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Okay, history buffs. We've got a challenge for you: Learn as much as you possibly can from the 700 odd maps just uploaded to the University of Richmond's Digital Scholarship Lab. Your brain will thank you later.

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I just love old maps.  :)

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Map: The 130 cities where fast-food workers are striking Thursday

Map: The 130 cities where fast-food workers are striking Thursday | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
The movement to raise the minimum wage has been gaining momentum in states and cities.
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From the Washington Post - What constitutes a living wage?  What effects could the minimum wage have on the economy?  On households?  On businesses?  

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Poverty by Race, 1980 to 2010

Poverty by Race, 1980 to 2010 | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
For metro regions to systematically reduce poverty and expand opportunity, local civic and political leaders, advocates, and practitioners should start by understanding the evolving realities of poverty, race, and place in their communities.
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Maps of chosen cities in the US that compare race and poverty between years using sliding screen technology.  

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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

October 16, was Blog Action Day, where thousands of different bloggers from all over the world post about the same theme. This year's theme is HUMAN RIGHTS. 

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Idea of History: HISTORIOGRAPHY OF FRENCH REVOLUTION

Idea of History: HISTORIOGRAPHY OF FRENCH REVOLUTION | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
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Are you looking for ways to teach Historical Thinking or Historiography in the classroom?  This blog is a great post looking at how different historians interpret the French Revolution - inclusing the Marxist interpretation, Revisionist, Liberal Revisionism, Neo-Conservative Revisionism, and Post-Revisionist.  It could be an interesting way for students to see that even historians don't agree on things! 

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A Map of Where Americans Are Moving (Hellooooo, Vegas!) - Gizmodo

A Map of Where Americans Are Moving (Hellooooo, Vegas!) - Gizmodo | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
A Map of Where Americans Are Moving (Hellooooo, Vegas!)
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Each year, 10 million Americans pack up their lives and move to another part of the country. But where are they going?
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With blue showing where people are moving to, and orange where they are moving from, it's easy to see the growth patterns in the US since 1950.  

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Education policy change puts renewed emphasis on social studies - The Augusta Chronicle

Education policy change puts renewed emphasis on social studies The Augusta Chronicle With the renewed state urgency on social studies, Mountain, the social studies coordinator in Richmond County, has launched an initiative to provide more training...
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Changes in Georgia may mean good news for other states in regards to Social Studies education.  

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29 Awesome Pictures Of The US Navy Through History

29 Awesome Pictures Of The US Navy Through History | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
October 27 is Navy Day in the United States...
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These historical photos of the US Navy are absolutely breathtaking and could be a great start to analysis of wars in which we've been involved.  

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