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The one map that shows why Syria is so complicated

The one map that shows why Syria is so complicated | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
A color-coded map of the country's religious and ethnic groups helps explain why the fighting is so bad.
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America Achieves: Error: You must be logged on to access this page

America Achieves: Error: You must be logged on to access this page | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
This is a video and lesson resource project to assist teachers and principals around the nation. The video modules on this site exemplify the key shifts that the Common Core brings to classroom pedagogy.
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You have to sign up for a free account...but there are CCSS model videos

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Collaboration & the Common Core: Strategies From the Classroom

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Supporting webinars for CCSS

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Center Correspondent E-News » Blog Archive » A Lesson Plan for the Fiftieth Anniversary of MLK’s “I Have a Dream” Speech

Center Correspondent E-News » Blog Archive » A Lesson Plan for the Fiftieth Anniversary of MLK’s “I Have a Dream” Speech | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
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The Real Number Of Hours Teachers Work In One Eye-Opening Graphic

The Real Number Of Hours Teachers Work In One Eye-Opening Graphic | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
Job title: Parent/Nurse/Comforter/Protector/SafetyNet/Counselor.
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The Entire History of the World—Really, All of It—Distilled Into a Single Gorgeous Chart

The Entire History of the World—Really, All of It—Distilled Into a Single Gorgeous Chart | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
This “Histomap,” created by John B. Sparks, was first printed by Rand McNally in 1931. (The David Rumsey Map Collection hosts a fully zoomable version here.)
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‘Just the Facts’… Responding to Questions and Criticisms about Common Core State Standards | National School Public Relations Association

‘Just the Facts’… Responding to Questions and Criticisms about Common Core State Standards | National School Public Relations Association | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
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ELA Common Core Standards: A Focus on Outputs Illuminates the Need for Student-Historians

ELA Common Core Standards: A Focus on Outputs Illuminates the Need for Student-Historians | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
Publisher of educational maps, globes, atlases, hands-on programs, and technology for students and teachers from grades K-12.
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Center Correspondent E-News » Blog Archive » Center Releases New We the People Ebook

Center Correspondent E-News » Blog Archive » Center Releases New We the People Ebook | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
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National Geographic and the Common Core

Find out how the National Geographic Society is connecting to the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts.
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Common Core and the Defenders of the Status Quo

Common Core and the Defenders of the Status Quo | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
Welcome to the blog of the International Reading Association Literacy Research Panel! The Panel looks forward to using this blog, and its archives, to connect with IRA members around literacy research relevant to policy and practice.
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10 Tools for Educational Research From edshelf

10 Tools for Educational Research From edshelf | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
10 online resources to help with academic & educational research, such as Google Scholar, instaGrok, JSTOR, KidRex, DuckDuckGo, etc.
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The American Declaration of Independence of July 4th, 1776

The American Declaration of Independence of July 4th, 1776 | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
We hold these truths to be self evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of
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"Just as each age re-writes history according to its own values and beliefs, so men and women interpret words like those of the American Declaration of Independence in a way which reflects their own ideas and aspirations. It’s important to remember that our views today are as limited and specific to our time and society as Jefferson’s were to his."

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Teaching Content Is Teaching Reading

Professor Daniel Willingham describes why content knowledge is essential to reading with comprehension, and why teaching reading strategies alone is not suff...
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Why is content knowledge important?

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Reader Idea | Using Proposed Soda Ban to Introduce Viewpoints on Progressivism

Reader Idea | Using Proposed Soda Ban to Introduce Viewpoints on Progressivism | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
Learn about the Progressive Era alongside the recent proposed (and defeated) ban on large sugary drinks in New York City by reading a variety of documents on both issues.
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The Art of Writing - Education Closet

The Art of Writing - Education Closet | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
Preparing students for the increased writing required on new Common Core assessments has become a hot topic. This is where the arts come in! We must expand our concept of text
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Shanahan on Literacy: To Multi-Text Or Not to Multi-Text in Close Reading

Shanahan on Literacy: To Multi-Text Or Not to Multi-Text in Close Reading | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
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40 maps that explain the world

40 maps that explain the world | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
Visualizing everything from the spread of religion to the most racially tolerant countries to the world's writing systems.
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Immigration and America’s Broken Civics Education System — The American Magazine

Immigration and America’s Broken Civics Education System — The American Magazine | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
America’s schools no longer teach our history or celebrate our unique culture, devaluing a powerful force for national unity.
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DBQ Lesson Plan: Shopping with Historic Documents » Copy / Paste by Peter Pappas

DBQ Lesson Plan: Shopping with Historic Documents » Copy / Paste by Peter Pappas | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
Here's how to engage students in historic research and critical thinking with historic biography, photographs, 1900 census, 1897 Sears Catalog.
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Connecting to the Common Core: Close Reading Markup Strategies - TPS-Barat Primary Source Nexus

Connecting to the Common Core: Close Reading Markup Strategies - TPS-Barat Primary Source Nexus | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
The plan today had been to post a CCSS-aligned primary source activity focused on close reading of images and texts but input from a great group of teachers at a professional development session necessitated a blog detour.
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Unit 2: Making Evidence-Based Claims - Odell Education

These literacy units empower students with a critical reading and writing skill at the heart of the CCSS: making evidence-based claims about complex texts.
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The Importance of Why

The Importance of Why | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
Now that the Common Core State Standards require students to make claims and support them with evidence, my students have to learn how to ask and answer more complex questions. This is challenging for both students and teachers.
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The Role of Performance Assessment in Developing Teaching as a Profession

The Role of Performance Assessment in Developing Teaching as a Profession | We Teach Social Studies | Scoop.it
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