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Black-and-white engraved image of a steam train locomotive, smoke billowing, with passengers waiting to board
Date: Jan 11 2019

“Every student deserves to study history and social science every year, from pre-kindergarten through grade 12.”

Stone with a man on a horse and a fallen man carved.
Date: Jan 8 2019

Teachers have been striving to make their curriculum more fully reflect the history of all members of a community, to tell the stories not only of kings and generals, but of the young and the old, women and men, and those with both extraordinary and ordinary abilities and challenges. The lesson added to our resource library this week is an example of how to bring this perspective to the study o…

Carrying signs demanding access to work, women and men in wheelchairs and on foot march in the streets, 1977
Date: Dec 16 2018

Engaging ALL students in history and social studies education means not only using inclusive practices, but not overlooking the impact of historical changes and events on people with disabilities, and the impact people with disabilities have had on history. Ten lessons on History of People with Disabilities that address the new Massachusetts standards for History and Social Science are currentl…

Date: Dec 12 2018


Registration newly open for spring courses at Emerging America. Includes new section of Accessing Inquiry for Students with Disabilities through Primary Sources. Rhode Island high school grad sues state for denying her Constitutional right to learn civics. See a thoughtful post from the California History and Social Science Project’s Nancy McTygue.


Date: Dec 5 2018


December 6 - 4-6:30pm - Smith College Museum of Art seeks members for Teacher Advisory Group (TAG) - Info and RSVP

Featured Primary Sources Sets from Emerging America:

Pearl Harbor and the U.S. Reaction

ATTENTION: Nearest Air Raid Shelter poster next to "To All Persons of Japanese Ancestry" notice taped to brick pillar, black and white photo 1942
Date: Dec 2 2018

Emerging America has two teacher-assembled sets of primary sources that offer rich detail and related classroom activities to engage student inquiry about Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii on December 7 and the events that followed. Library of Congress video interviews with eyewitnesses, photographs (including photos by Ansel Adams), maps, blueprints, and other documents provide many mea…

Date: Nov 28 2018


Free Webinar on Media Literacy and Civic Engagement. Gain insights on these vital components to 2018 History and Social Science Curriculum Framework and the new Civic Engagement legislation. December 10 - 5:00-6:30pm. Register. New accessible lesson at on Magna Carta. (See bottom of page below).

Webinar: Media Literacy and Ci…

5-cent Magna Carta Commemorative Postage Stamp June 16, 1965
Date: Nov 25 2018

A new lesson, appropriate for 8th grade civics and adaptable for other grades, asks: What impact did the Magna Carta have on the U.S. Constitution and the shaping of the 14th Amendment? With a particular emphasis placed on the due process of law, students analyze and organize primary source documents ranging from a British Court of Common Pleas from 1610 to Chief Justice Warren’s notes on Miran…