Nebraska State Council for the Social Studies Lesson Plan of the Month
Campaign partners with Scholastic Art & Writing Awards on 'Civic Expression Award':
The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, in partnership with the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools, presents a new award for students whose original art or writing demonstrates civic knowledge and skills: the Civic Expression Award.
Throughout history, artists and writers have played a vital role in shaping a more just society by seeking to solve problems on behalf of the public good. The Civic Expression Award, sponsored by the Maurice R. Robinson Fund, recognizes students whose art and writing expresses a vision of the society they are working to build, one that exemplifies democratic values and that allows all voices and viewpoints to be heard and respected. Recipients will be artists or writers whose work highlights and demonstrates awareness of American civic rights and responsibilities. Six students whose work best promotes responsible civic life will each be awarded a $1,000 scholarship.
Learn more on the attached Flyer or at www.artandwriting.org/login
History in Dispute: Charlottesville and Confederate Monuments
This just in!!!! In this free online lesson students will:
- Understand the idea of historical memory.
- Contextualize recent events in Charlottesville within a larger historical controversy.
- Apply the concept of historical memory to the controversy over Confederate monuments.
- Appraise media sources that express a range of views on Confederate monuments.
- USE this free link==
The Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Our mailing address is:
The Choices Program
Brown University - Box 1948
Providence, RI 02912
Many MORE ===Resources
- The Southern Poverty Law Center has published "Ten Ways to Fight Hate: A Community Response Guide."
- Teaching Tolerance offers a vast wealth of resources and a Learning Plan Builder to help teachers build lessons around social justice standards aimed at prejudice reduction.
- A Twitter campaign, #charlottesvillecurriculum, is generating a trove of ideas for teaching tolerance, including contributions from the National Council of Teachers of English and Education Week. Brightly, an online reference for parents, also has relevant material, including “Books to help kids understand the fight for racial equality.”
- Unite Against Hate! offers resources for students, educators, and families as they engage in current national dialogue about racism, hate, and bias, compiled by the National Education Association.
- The Alliance for Excellent Education has produced: "Condemning Racism and Bigotry While Using Charlottesville as a Teachable Moment: Resources for Teachers, Parents, and Others" available here: tinyurl.com/CharlottesvilleResources.
- The Anti-Defamation League explains the teachable moments resulting from the recent Charlottesville events in “Lessons to Teach and Learn from ‘Unite the Right'."
- Future Ready Librarians from around the country are sharing Anti-Racist Resources in response to the tragic Charlottesville events.
- Common Sense Media provides a list of resources for educators seeking to develop an inclusive culture in their classroom and teach social and emotional skills to students.
- In “Talking to Children When Hate Makes Headlines,” CNN offers resources to teachers and parents now having conversations about hate and bigotry with children.
- Teach Plus compiled a list of Tools and Resources for Teaching About Race, History, and Other Issues Related to Charlottesville.
- Edutopia’s site features “How to Teach Beyond Ferguson,” by José Vilson, a middle school math teacher and coach, who provides tools and strategies for having difficult but necessary conversations.
- The Century Foundation’s report, A New Wave of School Integration: Districts and Charters Pursuing Socioeconomic Diversity, addresses racial and socioeconomic segregation in schools. It highlights the work that schools are doing to promote integration.
SHEG...Stanford History Education Resources for Fall 2017
With the support of the Library of Congress, this year we've rolled out 12 new Reading Like a Historian lessons, including lessons on late 20th- and early 21st-century U.S. history. In addition, we've created 12 new Beyond the Bubble assessments, all of which feature Library of Congress documents.
As always, these materials are available for free download.
Browse a complete list of the new, revamped, or translated lessons and assessments that we've published since fall 2016 at https://sheg.stanford.edu/new-year-new-materials.
Happy New School Year
Veterans National Education Program
Global Awareness Map Initiative
V-NEP launched our one-of-a-kind, interactive Global Awareness Map Initiative in 2013. Our teacher-friendly resource equips educators with fundamental information, engaging film clips and classroom discussion points ready to use today.
To view our 775 videos populated on 54 countries visit: Global Awareness Map
The Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights Violations
V-NEP produced 22 short videos on the Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights Violations. V-NEP Film Links PDF
Please note our content advisory warnings on the Vimeo films for grade-level sensitivity.
V-NEP Holocaust, Genocide, Human Right
Vietnam - Global Awareness Map
Ken Burns, notable world history documentarian and filmmaker, is releasing his Vietnam War series mid-September 2017. V-NEP encourages you to utilize our free resources on Vietnam in your classrooms today. See our highly engaging Vietnam clips from our Global Awareness Map on the country and American relationship with Vietnam:
Global Map: Vi
V-NEP VN Vimeo Collection
Our team produced a military history documentary on the Vietnam War entitled: "Out-takes from Vietnam: The American Humanitarian Effort." The V-NEP team spliced the film into usable classroom videos to pair with our curriculum. Please utilize our free resources in your classrooms:
V-NEP Vietnam War Clips on Vimeo
V-NEP Vietnam War Film Clips
V-NEP plans to produce 100 more short videos by December 2017, that can be used in teaching efforts on the Vietnam War for Spring 2018.
Contact us at http://v-nep.org for more information.
Browse Materials Now
There have been many exciting educational resources created to celebrate the state’s Sesquicentennial. Some that you may be aware of include:
1. The Virtual Capitol – The site is now on version 3.0 where Sower, Standing Bear, the Buffalo and many other statues from building COME TO LIFE and talk to kids!
2. The Student Atlas of Nebraska – Over 20,000 of the atlases are currently being printed and will be available for EVERY 4th grade in the state!!! Summer atlas workshops are now available for teachers to attend all across the state! Space is limited so sign-up today.
3. “Now You Know Nebraska” videos – these are quick engaging videos that teachers have said are “fun”.
4. Giganto maps - Story maps – oral history projects - curriculum for all elementary grades and more.
Where can you find information about all of these? Simply click on the website below.
For more information on NE150 resources contact:
Regan Anson | Executive Director
Nebraska 150 Celebration
New Videos from Choices and Brown University....
Colonization in Africa Videos from Anthony Bogues are a good supplement to curricula in our World History Series.
How did Europeans justify colonization using 'race'??
Student Atlas of Nebraska
Dr. Randy Bertolas is conducting workshops for using the Student Atlas of Nebraska
The atlas workshop registration link is:
Please contact Dr. Randy Bertolas for more information:
Seeking Curriculum Writers for 68.77.89:
Arts, Culture and Social Change
The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is seeking curriculum specialists for the development of a new curriculum titled 68.77.89: Arts, Culture and Social Change. Intended for high school audiences, 68.77.89 will teach students about three major events in Czech and Slovak history:
1) The 1968 Soviet-led invasion- otherwise known as the Prague Spring- which was in response to increased civil and economic liberties in Czechoslovakia
2) The 1977 signing of Charter 77, a document created to push the Communist government to adhere to promised human rights guidelines
3) The Velvet Revolution of 1989, in which widespread nonviolent protests led to the collapse of the Czechoslovak Communist government
All of these events had- and continue to have- global significance.
Over the course of the next three years, the world commemorates significant anniversaries for each of these events: 2017 marks Charter 77’s 40th anniversary; 2018, the 50th anniversary of the Prague Spring; and 2019 will be the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution.
Through a variety of sources, including literature, film, theater, art and the NCSML’s own oral history collection, 68.77.89: Arts, Culture and Social Change will teach youth about the major role students, writers and artists played in the social paradigm shift that helped end Communism—and build democracy—in the former Czechoslovakia. These events will be connected to issues of today and will also be placed in the larger global narrative, connecting events in one part of the world to another.
NCSML staff will collaborate with curriculum specialists in the creation, development and dissemination of lesson plans for 68.77.89: Arts, Culture and Social Change. The NCSML is seeking a specialist with experience or interest in the following areas:
1) Classroom teaching experience in the social studies
2) Writing and implementing lesson plans in adherence with local, state and federal standards
3) Collaboration with cultural institutions such as museums and libraries
4) Working with oral history and other related digital collections
For more information, please contact Dr. Nic Hartmann, Director of Learning & Civic Engagement, at email@example.com, or by phone at 319.362.8500.
The U.S. Institute of Peace works to prevent, mitigate, and resolve violent conflict around the world by engaging directly in conflict zones and by providing analysis, education, and resources to those working for peace. Created by Congress in 1984 as an independent, nonpartisan, federally funded organization, USIP’s staff works at the Institute’s DC headquarters and on the ground in the world’s most dangerous regions. The public education program at the U.S. Institute of Peace provides K-12 students and teachers with resources on international conflict management and peace-building. USIP offers American educators a number of resources to bring global peace-building to life in the classroom, all of which are available for free on our website.
Economics Education Resource GuideEconomics is the study of how people, organizations and governments allocate scarce resources. Studying economics can prepare someone for a career in finance or government, where they might offer advice and analysis on economic issues. Or, for those who don’t plan on pursuing a career in the field, it can help individuals make better decisions in everyday life. Whether you are pursuing a degree in economics, trying to pass a required economics course or just have an interest in the subject, this guide it for you. It includes links to more than 40 resources, including introductory resources, study resources and news resources, among many others. Also, if you’re a teacher, we’ve included a section with resources to help add depth and new ideas to your lessons.
Here is a great site to teach your students about civil discourse: https://www.edutopia.org/article/hot-button-topics-civil-discussions-anne-vilen-katie-dulaney
Black History Month==Resources from Choices from Brown University
More Resources for Black History Month
A Forgotten History: The Slave Trade and Slavery in New England uses readings and activities to help students explore the institution of slavery in New England. Students also think critically about how history, and the telling of history, affects people today.
Colonization and Independence in Africa invites students to think critically about colonial and decolonial efforts in Africa. The readings and activities challenge students to consider the perspectives of Africans–particularly Algerians, Congolese, Ghanaians and Kenyans–and the ways in which they responded to European colonialism.
Freedom Now: The Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi explores the history of the civil rights movement at the local and national level. Students complete readings and activities that equip them to think more complexly about how people from different backgrounds experienced and understood the civil rights movement.Online Lessons
Black Lives Matter: Continuing the Civil Rights Movement
Students review a timeline of black activism in the United States from the 1950s to today and identify core themes of the civil rights and Black Lives Matter movements.
Oral Histories: Students in the Civil Rights Movement
Students hear and analyze stories from former civil rights activists about what motivated them to join the movement.
Fifty Years after the March on Washington: Students in the Civil Rights Movement
Students read and analyze stories and letters written by activists who partook in the events of the Freedom Summer.
Council for Economic Education++++++++++++++
We are excited to announce our free webinar schedule for this spring! The webinars cover multiple topics on how to integrate personal finance and economics in your classroom and, in turn, creating a fun learning experience for your students. The following six main topics include a series of webinars:
- Financial Fitness for Life (gr. K-5)
- The Classroom Mini-Economy (gr. 3-5)
- Entrepreneurship Economics (gr. 9-12)
- Economics, U.S. History and the C3 Framework (gr. 9-12)
- Sports Economics (gr. 9-12)
- Behavioral Economics (gr. 9-12)
If you are unable to attend the live webinar, please still register and we will send you an email with a link to the recorded webinar.
Go ahead and register today!
Durham Digital Learning Opportunities
The Durham Museum’s digital learning program offers unique opportunities for learners of all ages. Taught by educators, these engaging and interactive classes follow National and State Social Studies Standards and are filled with primary sources featuring artifacts, videos, and photographs along with pre- and post-visit activities. Each session lasts 30 minutes (time can be made flexible; Virtual Vault opportunities are approximately 15 minutes). Each session should be booked at least two weeks in advance.
Building of the Transcontinental Railroad (Recommend for Grades 4-8)
In 1863, President Lincoln signed a document that designated the eastern terminus of the proposed transcontinental rail route in Omaha, Nebraska. Within a short time dirt was flying in Nebraska and California where the western route was started. Thousands of workers, supply trains and equipment were used to complete this project and connect the United States. After six years, the rails were joined at Promontory Point, Utah on May 10, 1869.
Art Deco in Architecture (Recommended for Grades 5-8)
Experience Omaha’s Union Station, a world-renowned example of Art Deco Architecture. Built in 1931, Union Station’s style represents the power, strength, and masculinity of the railroad industry it housed. This videoconference will allow viewers to explore the history of the building as well as the intricate details that make up this specific architectural style.Other Virtual Field Trips: In addition to the fantastic digital learning opportunities listed above, we also offer the following classes as virtual field trips.
All Aboard//Historic Schoolroom//Neighborhood Store//Pioneer Life//Native American Life
Virtual Vault: The Durham Museum’s Virtual Vault is a unique opportunity to see behind-the-scenes while learning about a topic that your class is studying! These 15-minute experiences are perfect as an introduction to many topics in your classroom and take students into the vault to view artifacts about the following topics:
WWII Trunk // Money Matters // Exploring Maps // Unique Nebraska // Retro Tech
For more information on our Digital Learning opportunities, contact:
Kim Doubek Abby Jung
402.444.5027 ext. 562 402.444.5027 ext. 528
The workshops are one day in length and go from 9:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. Teachers bring two students with them to learn about GIS technology. I have a grant that pays for your substitute, mileage if you take a school van or transportation to bring the students and lunch. The idea is that if you have students attend the workshop with you, they will be used as a teaching resource in your classes.
If you don’t know what GIS is then I’d recommend that you visit the Nebraska Educational GIS Initiative webpage. GIS is basically a computer technology that puts together information on a map for analysis. It is the second fastest growing technology career in the United States and is utilized by professionals in business, education, government and the military. The page also has NE Story Map Examples of project that Nebraska teachers have done around the state with GIS in history, geography, migration, biology and service learning. Lastly, the page has GeoInquiries that are simple beginning of class (10 minute) activities that don’t require a log-in. The URL for the Nebraska Educational GIS Initiative webpage is-
The registration link is –https://goo.gl/forms/Th6dWRGbfSzBawUA3
Federal Reserve Teaching Kit. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
The Federal Reserve is often in the news, yet few Americans understand "The Fed's" role in our economy.
I wanted to let you know about a great teaching resource to add to your classroom without cost. You simply order from the link below to provide your mailing address and the kit arrives. That's it. It just takes 30 seconds of your time.
Get a Free Copy of the "What We Do at the Federal Reserve" Teaching Kit 2016 Edition
Founded in 2007, Global Exploration for Educators Organization (GEEO) is a 501c3 non-profit organization that has sent over 2000 teachers abroad on adventurous travel programs. With GEEO educators can earn professional development credit while seeing the world. GEEO's trips are 7 to 21 days in length and are designed and discounted to be interesting and affordable for teachers. In addition to amazing tour leaders, many of the programs are accompanied by university faculty that are experts on the destination. The deposit is $250 for each program and then the final payment is due 60 days before departure.
GEEO also provides teachers educational materials and the structure to help them bring their experiences into the classroom. The trips are open to all nationalities of K-12 and university educators, administrators, retired educators, as well as educators’ guests.
GEEO is offering the following travel programs for 2018: Argentina and Brazil, Bangkok to Hanoi, Colombia, Camino de Santiago, Eastern Europe, The Galapagos Islands, Greece, Iceland, India and Nepal, Madagascar, Ireland, Armenia and Georgia, Paris to Rome, Multi-Stan, Sri Lanka and The Maldives, Morocco, Peru, Vietnam/Cambodia, and, The Balkans.
Detailed information about each trip, including itineraries, costs, travel dates, and more can be found at www.geeo.org. GEEO can be reached 7 days a week, toll-free at 1-877-600-0105 between 9 AM-9 PM EST.
New Teaching with the News:
Resource Guide on the Orlando Nightclub Shooting---
Go to Choices at Brown University
The events that took place in Orlando on June 12, 2016 are nothing short of tragic. Addressing horrible acts of mass violence in the classroom can be challenging for us all.
For educators who may find themselves unsure of how to approach the many dimensions of these events with students, we have compiled an annotated list of sources with suggestions for various pedagogical approaches to topics of terrorism, guns in the United States, attacks on LGBTQ communities, and sensitivity in the classroom.
Choices also just offered a new unit on Immigration....
NEWImmigration and the U.S. Policy DebateThe United States often defines itself as a nation of immigrants. Immigration has shaped how people view the U.S. role in the world. The idealism surrounding immigration helps explain the deep feelings it evokes in the current public debate. Today, these sentiments jostle with concerns about the economy, national security, social relations, and ultimately shape the discourse on whether the United States is a place of refuge and opportunity for all.
Immigration and the U.S. Policy Debate allows students to wrestle with the complex relationship between immigration policy, the responses of various stakeholders, and the experiences of immigrants in the United States throughout history.
Veterans National Education Program from PA. This site = http://v-nep.org/
Will show you great global maps, films, lessons and info on all the 20th c. and 21st c. wars.
Take a look....explore.
New Edition From Choices at Brown University..
China n the World Stage: Weighing the U.S. Response China on the World Stage: Weighing the U.S. Response introduces students to the history of U.S.-China relations and the current debate on U.S. foreign policy. The updated edition includes fresh content onontemporarysues, including:
- U.S.-China economic ties
- climate change
- the end of China’s one-child policy
- treatment of ethnic and religious minorities
- cross-strait relations
- tensions in the South China Sea
- the Umbrella Movement and citizen protest
- involvement in Latin America and Africa
- and more...
Big History Project----Good info....and a great TED talk!!!
Conversations from the Community: Engaging Stakeholders
One of the most frequently asked questions about BHP is, “How can I get my principal/fellow teachers/director on board?” This question was recently raised on Yammer where teachers discussed the vetting process when considering teaching BHP, and how to bring parents and school stakeholders on board.
“I'm looking to have this course taught for the first time in my school system next year. I am beginning the vetting process for the course, and trying to bring everyone on board. Has anyone else done this before? I would love advice or resources that you may have.”
Here are links to two of their favorite resources for working with stakeholders:
- David Christian's TED Talk: Nearly 14 billion years of history told in 18 minutes by Big Historian David Christian.
- BHP Research Summary: Big History Project helps even struggling students engage with challenging content and improve their writing. Download the research summary, authored in partnership with the University of Michigan, to see the data and learn more.
Choices from Brown University-----
The U.S. Role in a Changing World The U.S. Role in a Changing World offers many connections to the social studies curriculum. Whether the course is U.S. history, world history, government, or a survey of contemporary affairs, The U.S. Role in a Changing World opens the door to an exploration of a wide range of complementary issues. Perfect for the beginning of the school year.
Choices from Brown University....
Teaching with the News Lesson The Iran Nuclear Deal In this lesson students will:
- Understand the role of the U.S. in the debate about the Iran nuclear deal
- Identify the techniques political cartoonists use to express opinions
- Interpret cartoons about the Iran nuclear deal
- Monitor and explain the implications of the congressional vote on the deal
The Challenge of Nuclear Weapons
The Middle East in Transition: Questions for U.S. Policy
Iran Through the Looking Glass: History, Reform, and Revolution
NEW from CHOICES at Brown....
History, Revolution, and Reform: New Directions for Cuba explores Cuba’s history from the country’s precolonial past to its most recent economic, social, and political changes. Through readings, students explore the influence of Spanish colonialism on Cuba, Cuba’s struggles for independence, the changes the 1959 Revolution brought to Cuba, and the Special Period. The readings conclude by examining current issues in Cuba, including Raúl Castro’s economic reforms, freedom of expression and media access in Cuba, and the recent changes in U.S.-Cuba relations.
Teaching with the News Lesson Good Atoms or Bad Atoms? Iran and the Nuclear Issue
Help students better understand the issues that frame nuclear talks with Iran. In this free online lesson students:
- Gather information from videos of experts on nuclear weapons and U.S.-Iran relations.
- Identify and articulate the core underlying values of different policy options.
- Work cooperatively within groups to integrate evidence from various sources to create a persuasive, coherent presentation.
U.S. relations with Russia are entering a new and critical phase. Russia is playing a new role in international relations, a role that has led to disagreements with the United States. How the United States should handle Russia's annexation of Crimea and its role in Ukraine is a pressing question for the United States and it NATO allies. Russia's Transformation: Challenges for U.S. Policy helps students consider the history of U.S. relations with Russia and wrestle with the important issues facing policy makers today.
New Edition The Middle East in Transition: Questions for U.S. Policy Today, the United States’ relationship with Israel, need for oil, and worries about ISIS and Iran’s nuclear program make the Middle East an important region for the United States. The Middle East in Transition: Questions for U.S. Policy is designed to help students consider these important issues and confront the same questions facing U.S. policy makers:
- Which interests and values should provide the basis for U.S. policy in the region?
- How should the United States respond to the rise of ISIS and the Syrian Civil War?
- How should the Middle East’s enormous oil reserves and the United States’ close relationship with Israel figure into policy calculations?
Teaching with the News Lesson The Struggle to Define Free Speech: From Skokie to Paris
In this free online lesson students will:
- Consider how different societies define freedom of expression.
- Analyze historical sources that reveal contrasting views on freedom of expression in the case of Skokie, Illinois, where a Nazi group attempted to demonstrate in the 1970s.
- Explore the current free speech controversy in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks
US Unable to Counter ISIS
Despite Billions Spent on Weapons----Is a great article from the Nebraskans for Peace, www.nebraskansforpeace.org
An interesting site about how kids really learn....
Hstry.co is a FREE timeline creation tool and perfect for the "show me what you know" styles of assessment in standards-based classrooms. Hstry is designed for historical timelines, but there are infinite possibilities for creating projects, sharing resources, assignments, and student portfolios integrating images, video, audio and reflections. This visual resume demonstrates how accomplishments can be highlighted.
- To view Hstry, create an account as a "teacher." A quick tutorial will walk you through the steps of making a timeline.
- Student registration takes seconds!
- Hstry was recently featured on Free Technology for Teachers and is being used in multiple subjects spanning all grade levels.
==========================From "WE the PEOPLE"
We just released brand new versions of Preserving the Bill of Rights and Heroes & Villains: The Quest for Civic Virtue.
Preserving the Bill of Rights: With Modifications to Support Literacy and English Language Learners contains new content, including guides for ELL students and challenge activities in both English and Spanish.
We've revised and expanded Heroes & Villains: The Quest for Civic Virtue. It includes lessons on humility, courage, justice, honesty, responsibility, and other civic virtues necessary for a thriving society.
Preserving the Bill of Rights features:
- 10 units with 20 ready-to-go lessons
- Comprehension questions, student handouts, key terms, and background essays
- Constitutional principles with an examination of primary source documents and significant Supreme Court cases
- Activities such as writing letters to elected representatives, serving in a mock jury, creating public service announcements, and writing model laws
- 10 narratives that tell stories about individuals who faced a crisis of civic virtue
- Each narrative is accompanied by a launch activity, a journaling exercise, and additional resources
- "Virtue in Action" supplements that provide ideas and activities for demonstrating civic virtue in schools and communities
If you are teaching Civil Rights==
In commemoration of Freedom Summer, we are proud to release our award-winning documentary The Road to Little Rock and free Common Core-aligned curriculum. We produced the film and curriculum to foster critical thinking and vigorous debate about the American civil rights movement, and to spotlight unsung American heroes who are often relegated to footnotes in standard American history textbooks. Would you please consider using our materials in your classroom, or forwarding this email to teachers and media specialists who you think might be interested? If you would like to get in touch with us directly, please send us an email. Please use that link, as direct replies to this email will not go through.
The Road to Little Rock is a thirty-minute documentary that vividly showcases not only the oppressive nature of American racial segregation, but also the spirit and determination of nine children who, in the face of such adversity, sought enrollment at Little Rock’s Central High School in 1957. It also unearths the courageous story of Judge Ronald Davies who, against entrenched opposition, sided with those students and demanded the school district’s integration. The elementary school version (DVD or digital download) is now available for $19.95, and the secondary school version is now available for $24.95.
The documentary features never before seen interviews with members of the Little Rock Nine, along with Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer and other witnesses and experts. It is a microcosm of the larger American Civil Rights Movement and, as such, an invaluable teaching tool.