Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

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Economic Timeline

The economic landscape has drastically changed throughout history. Use this timeline to dig deeper, discover relationships, and explore concepts.

Elections and Issues

You've just found out that your neighborhood has been declared a gun-free zone. Choose which side of the issue you are on, and decide which civic actions you will take to support your position.

Evaluating Evidence

Evaluate primary sources to determine their support of a given thesis. Using the Civil War as an example, rank the relevancy of sources in relation to four common beliefs as to the cause of the war.

Executive Branch Recap: The Bureaucracies

The departments and agencies of the executive branch are responsible for regulating many of the things we use in our everyday routines. Follow a student through her day to find objects regulated by the government.

Executive Leadership Recap: Roles of The President

The President wears many hats such as Chief of State, Party Leader, Chief Executive and Commander-in-Chief. Try your hand at assisting the President with his schedule, as the Chief of Staff.

Experiencing Discipline-Specific Texts

This activity features a short text related to the topic of economics in each of the four disciplines — science, mathematics, English, and history — with questions to assess learning about each text. The goal is to experience the different text types and specialized literacy practices required to make sense of the ideas presented, which students must do each school day.

Exploring the Cultural Framework

Use the triangle model of the cultural framework to explore how products, practices and perspectives are interrelated. Compare two different products, practices and perspectives and see sample answers for each from two different cultures.

Federalism Approaches Activity

The U.S. has a federal system of government where the states and national government exercise separate powers within their own spheres of authority and the lines of power change over time. Explore how the balance of power has shifted over time.

Graphing Lab -- Moose Synthesizer Co.

To price his product and maximize his profit, Albert Moose needs to know all his costs and revenue. Assist Albert with his decision.

Graphing Lab -- Skiing

Michael and friends are planning a skiing weekend. Show them how to afford it.

The Great Thanksgiving Listen with StoryCorps

Open to everyone, The Great Thanksgiving Listen is a national assignment to engage people of all ages in the act of listening. The pilot project is specially designed for students ages 13 and over and as part of a social studies, history, civics, government, journalism, or political science class, or as an extracurricular activity. All that is needed to participate is a smartphone and the StoryCorps mobile app.

Image as History: Civil War Photography

After many of the Civil War battles, photographers took pictures of the mangled bodies waiting to be buried. Does this photograph depict an actual battlefield scene, or did the photographer contrive it? View non-Flash version.

Image as History: Colonial Society

What does this portrait suggest about eighteenth-century attitudes toward the family? See how portraits of the rich and powerful can provide a picture of life in the American colonies. View non-Flash version.

Image as History: Re-Mapping History

Maps of the routes of the Lewis and Clark expedition have tended to represent the West as empty country for the taking. On this map, made for a biography of Sacagawea, whose journey is represented? View non-Flash version.

Image as History: Reconstruction Cartoons

See how African Americans faced numerous assaults upon their newly won political rights after the Civil War. What are the references employed by the cartoonist Thomas Nast in his cartoon, This is a White Man's Government? View non-Flash version.

Image as History: Slave Culture

Slaves found a variety of ways to resist their oppression, including running away. What does Eastman Johnson's painting tell us about slave culture? View non-Flash version.

Image as History: Stamp Act Cartoons

In this cartoon, how does the artist use symbolism and humor to deride Parliament? See how anti-British political cartoons helped shape colonial attitudes towards British actions, like the Stamp Act of 1765. View non-Flash version.

Image as History: Surviving Conquest

How has Ácoma accommodated change while maintaining a deep connection to the past? See how this ancient American pueblo has survived and adapted in the face of centuries of conquest. View non-Flash version.

Image as History: The White City

The World's Columbian Exposition made a statement about the future of city life — a chance for something better than the squalid, polluted, and overcrowded industrial cities of the 19th century. What vision of the future city did the fair present? View non-Flash version.

Images as History: Depression Era Photography

This image of a steer skull seems straightforward, but it generated enormous controversy at the time. Can you imagine why? Hint: It was taken to document the hardships Americans suffered during the Depression. View non-Flash version.

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