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History's Mysteries K-5 Curriculum Coming in July

Published on Mon, 06/08/2020

History's Mysteries K-5 Curriculum

Emerging America will launch this ready-to-use program for classroom and remote instruction in July. 

Register by July 9 for the Introductory workshop with the authors - Info and Registration for the online sessions on July 16 and 23.* 

Veteran and award-winning educators Laurie Risler and Kelley Brown created this inquiry-based curriculum featuring primary sources from Massachusetts collections and the Lib

History eNews from Emerging America - March 25

Published on Wed, 03/25/2020

MORE RESOURCES FOR TEACHING ONLINE - links below.  WEBINAR - April 29 - 3:30-4:45pm EST - Accessing Civic Engagement with Students with Disabilities. POSTPONED - Massachusetts Civic Literacy Conference scheduled for May 5 - postponed to early fall.  Teaching Tolerance - Speaking Up Against Racism Around the New Coronavirus

Literacy in Practice Standards Are the Entry Point for Elementary Social Studies

Published on Mon, 05/20/2019

How can we teach students the most vital skills to function as citizens? Since the early 19th century, preparation for civic life has been the central reason for public schools. As part of a multi-year effort to reinvigorate the civic mission of schools, in 2016 the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) added “readiness for civic life” to its core definition of what it means to be educated in the state. http://www.doe.mass.edu/ccr/

Early America: Maps and Exploration

Maps, Knowledge, and Power in Medieval and Renaissance Europe

Maps are a representation of geographical space. As such, they are valuable as a source of information. Yet their makers can also use them to control or alter perceptions of that same information. In the 14th and 15th centuries, cartography, or the science of map-making, changed rapidly due to the explorations of the Americas. Use the maps below to trace some of these changes.

Primary Sources:

Mappa mundi, Hereford, c.1300 

Who Should Care for America’s Veterans?

Care for veterans is relevant to understanding war and the role of government, and is critical to disability history. In this lesson, students gather information through a variety of primary sources on the experiences of veterans from the War of Independence through today. They ask, ‘How has U.S. government care for veterans changed over time?’ Using their evidence, students develop a proposal to today’s Veterans Administration that outlines how veterans should be cared for. 

New Civics Lesson: The Magna Carta - Due Process from King John to the 14th Amendment and Beyond

Published on Sun, 11/25/2018

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 Miranda v. Arizona in 1966.

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