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“City of Immigrants”: An Educational Game for Women’s History Month

Lena Brodsky of the Mission US 4 game
This last game works well with the scope and sequence in most high schools. … The cool thing is their Educators page … a variety of materials support use of the missions by teachers, including overview and background information, standards alignments, activities, and primary sources, plus videos of teachers using Mission US with their students. It’s the videos that I think are especially powerful—giving you a chance to see what this looks like in practice.Read More »
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“The Italian Americans” Premiers!

talian American children warming their hands outside a New York fruit store
"Most Italians who came to this country are very patriotic. There was this exciting possibility that if you worked real hard, and you loved something, you could become successful." —Francis Ford CoppolaTrace the evolution of Italian Americans from the late 19th century to today with a new two-part, four-hour NEH-funded documentary series about the Italian experience in America.Read More »

George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and the Presidents' Day holiday

Kimmel & Forster, Columbia's Noblest Sons
Between the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln (February 12) and George Washington (February 22), our commercial republic* has come to celebrate a national holiday unofficially called “President’s Day” (February 16), which generically honors all the presidents. Washington and Lincoln stand out as unrivaled figures in American history. Their importance is reflected in the large number of lessons about them in our collection.In this special post we highlight these lessons as well as new resources on five other of our notable chief executives.Read More »
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African American History Month

This month, in honor of African American History, we offer several new and classic suggestions for teachers looking to incorporate the best open-source—i.e., free—digital humanities resources on history and literature into their classrooms, while meeting the demands of the Common Core English Language Arts Standards.Read More »
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