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Zoot Suit Riot lesson is a good one

In the latest issue [May/June 2012] of Social Education (NCSS periodical) there is a terrific lesson on the Sleepy Lagoon Case & the Zoot Suit Riots. The lesson is clearly structured and organized for you and is set up in an intriguing format. “If you choose …” options, get different students to take different paths. […]

History Day Mom

Ten years ago (or was it eleven?) I began working with Massachusetts History Day.  At the time, I was the Director of Education for the Haverhill Historical Society and thrilled to find a group of amazing teachers and students doing the real work of history. I served as a judge then took over as Coordinator […]

Chasing the Nightbird

Like the sailors’ rope bracelets I wore all summer, my childhood memories of New England are tinged with salt air and seawater. I had no idea how fortunate I was to live in a place so steeped in history. Though born less than 20 miles from Boston Harbor, where the literal steeping of British tea […]

Nuclear War and Nuclear Energy: Connecting Past and Present

By Lauren Arvidson Hingham High School 3-23-2012 With the recent one year anniversary of the 2011 earthquake and Fukushima Daiichi nuclear crisis in Japan, I integrated discussion of these events with my World History and US History lessons on nuclear weapons and the end of World War II. My interest in these current events in […]

Tic-Tac-Toe: Cold War

This is a great lesson activity for a heterogeneous classroom, which allows students of varying learning abilities to elect or choose engaging lesson activities on the Cold War. Submitted by Gorman Lee, Braintree Public School