Blogs tagged "us history"

“Let Us Now Praise” National History Day

National History Day winners from Connecticut, 2014
National History Day, held every year in June at the University of Maryland College Park, is an outstanding opportunity for students to engage in a serious academic competition in the humanities and to acquire the prestige that comes from participation in such a competition. This year over 600,000 students will take part, along with 25,000 teachers.Read More »
Categories Closer Readings

A Special Guide for Teachers to the Films of Ken Burns

home page image from Ken Burns site
More Americans get their history from Ken Burns than any other source.  —Historian Stephen AmbroseOn May 9, 2016, the distinguished documentary filmmaker Ken Burns will deliver the Jefferson Lecture, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The lecture is the highest honor the federal government bestows for distinguished intellectual achievement in the humanities.Read More »
Categories Closer Readings

Five Essential Resources for Teaching Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt and United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Lake
“One of the things people don’t understand about Eleanor Roosevelt, because she seemed so ladylike, and she has that aristocratic voice and that manner: she was tough as nails. In fact she was one of the best politicians of the 20th century.” — Geoffrey Ward, Eleanor RooseveltEleanor Roosevelt was a key figure in some of the most important social reform movements of the twentieth century, including the Progressive movement, the New Deal, the Women's Movement, the struggle for racial justice, and the founding of the United Nations.Read More »
Categories Heritage Months

Introducing the AP US History Study Guide: Gilder Lehrman’s One-Stop Guide to American History for AP Students

After many years of planning, the College Board has introduced an overhauled and redesigned AP United States History course for the 2014–15 school year. The changes to this course include a new curriculum framework, revised learning objectives, and the introduction of key concepts for each historical period. In addition, the AP US History test has been revamped to include a short-answer section and a revised multiple-choice section.Read More »
Categories Closer Readings

How NEH and EDSITEment support National History Day

National History Day, held every year in June at the University of Maryland College Park, is a wonderful opportunity for students to engage in a serious academic competition in the humanities. Last year 600,000 students took part, along with 25,000 teachers. In the age of the Common Core State Standards, this exemplary program should be on the radar of every teacher, student, and parent.Read More »
Categories Closer Readings