Understanding quotes helps us understand the times.
We shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end.
We shall fight in France,
we shall fight on the seas and oceans . . .
List of countries: Arable land http://www.nationmaster.com/graph/geo_lan_use_ara_lan-geography-land-use-arable The Arab countries have the least arable land.
Visualize slavery: Map of slave states http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2010/12/10/opinion/20101210_Disunion_SlaveryMap.html It shows the concentrations of slavery in the South. President Abraham Lincoln used this map.
U.S. government videos: FedFlix http://www.archive.org/details/FedFlix I watched the one from the Defense Department: “Defeated People” about Germany, 1946.
Front page of newspapers around the world From the Newseum: http://www.newseum.org/todaysfrontpages/flash/
Economia: The monetary policy game. http://ht.ly/3mCrV I do not teach Economics, but this looks like a fascinating game for students in high school. Let us know what you think.
VOTE! If we do nothing else as social studies teachers, it is our job to instill in our students their need to vote. We are given a great opportunity in this country. Our government is by the people, for the people. This only works when the PEOPLE VOTE. Whether Republican, Democrat or Independent – VOTE! [...]
Democrats and Republicans. Blue and Red. Donkeys and Elephants. Left and Right. These represent our two-party system. Why two parties, and not three? Can I start my own political party? What do the donkeys and elephants represent?
As a Social Studies teacher, you are in the business of making memories. Whatever you are teaching today, you want students to remember in May. But have you ever thought of your long-range impact? Using our lessons, your students will remember you for the rest of their lives. We don’t memorize, but we do make [...]
Yesterday was the 90th anniversary of the end of World War I. On November 11, 1918, World War I came to an end. Both sides declared a ceasefire. Armistice means “ceasefire.” (Months later, a peace treaty was drawn up.) From then on, the U.S. celebrated a national holiday on November 11th. At first, it was [...]
In 1963, it began as a musical in London. In 1969, Sir Richard Attenborough turned it into a film. Starring Maggie Smith and Lawrence Olivier. It features World War I songs: “It’s a Long Way to Tipperary “Pack up Your Troubles” “Keep the Home Fires Burning.” When World War I begins, the songs are happy. [...]
Using maps, games, political cartoons, and YouTube videos, we teach: The Missouri Compromise of 1820 The Compromise of 1850 The Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854. On the upside, these delayed the Civil War for 40 years. On the downside, they spread slavery to the West! This is an update of our workbook, Growth & Conflict (BZ-4129). [...]
We’re busy loading up for next year. As of May 12th, there are still some great savings to be had.