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Igniting a Passion for History with Chronicling America

"Daily Missourian" headline from 1917
So many of our students arrive with a negative impression of the discipline of history. They have come to the conclusion that the study of history is about memorizing a ton of dull facts. Why wouldn’t they feel this way? It is not until later in life that they will be exposed to the real work of historians through taking an upper level college history course or researching family genealogy. It is through piecing together a compelling and insightful narrative from primary sources that students begin to understand that history is based on evidence and inference, insight and analysis.Read More »
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“The Song of Wandering Aengus”: An Exemplar for the Common Core

Hazel Wood in Glen Fyne
I went out to the hazel wood,Because a fire was in my head,And cut and peeled a hazel wand,And hooked a berry to a thread …—W.B. YeatsAs we prepare to celebrate all things Irish this week on St. Patrick’s Day, enter the poetic dream-vision or “aisling” of Irish poet W. B. Yeats with EDSITEment’s new feature, “The Song of Wandering Aengus.”Read More »
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The Selma to Montgomery March and Passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965

Marchers carrying banner "We march with Selma!" on street in Harlem, New York
Students love a good fight. From the Boston Tea Party to the Vietnam War, students’ genuine interest in historical protests is as recurrent a theme in the classroom as uprisings and demonstrations are in human history. Teachers sometimes wonder why the fight for rights and for a redress of grievances—more than other historical themes—regularly awakens their students to the lessons of history and gets them truly engaged in content.Read More »
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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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