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Seven Ways of Looking at the U.S. Constitution

On September 17 every U.S. educational institution that receives federal grant money is required by law to teach about the United States Constitution. EDSITEment was one of the first federal agencies to establish a Constitution Day feature and over the years it has evolved into a robust minisite of many lessons, vetted websites, games, and videos.Read More »
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Seminars on close reading from the National Humanities Center

People familiar with the National Humanities Center probably know it chiefly as an institute of advanced study, and, indeed, since 1978 its fellowship program has supported the work of over 1,400 scholars from this country and abroad. But for twenty-nine of its thirty-five years it has also sponsored education programs for high school teachers.Read More »

Teaching History without a Textbook

Molly Smith is the Upper School History Department Chair at the Friends School of BaltimoreTextbooks have long been the backbone of the history survey course. Students may not enjoy reading them, but most recognize the utility of the text in providing the narrative for the course. Therein lies the problem and the challenge. Textbooks provide a narrative which students often assume to be the narrative.Read More »
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Unpack the Common Core State Standards: Top Picks from EDSITEment

The dog days of summer press on but the new school year is right around the corner and with it the imperatives of the Common Core State Standards. Here are several articles and organizational websites that have crossed the radar of the EDSITEment team this year. They offer excellent advice into how to implement the Common Core and more importantly give insight into why the Common Core is being put into action.Read More »
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