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Teaching for Understanding [electronic resource]

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Focuses on the Teaching for Understanding model, a framework for unit planning developed at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The onscreen teachers use the framework to analyze unit planning in classroom videos, plan for their own Social Studies units, and create a pictorial timeline of U.S. history that outlines an entire year of learning.
Online
2003
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Exploring Unity and Diversity [electronic resource]

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Because themes of unity and diversity surface within both academic content and classroom climate, this session focuses on strategies for teaching provocative issues in social studies as well as methods of addressing a diversity of learners. The onscreen teachers examine national documents for themes of unity and diversity, explore Howard Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences, and develop a mini-lesson on immigration and citizenship.
Online
2003
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Explorers in North America [electronic resource]

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Rob Cuddi, a Fifth Grade teacher at Winthrop Middle School in Winthrop, Massachusetts, introduces the theme of exploration in North America, posing three essential questions: How have people in history affected our lives today?; How do the human and physical systems of the Earth interact?; and What role do economies play in the foundation of our history?
Online
2003
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California Missions [electronic resource]

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Osvaldo Rubio, a bilingual Fourth Grade Social Studies teacher at Sherman Oaks Community Charter School in San Jose, California. focuses his geography lesson on the location and movement of the California missions. In groups, students create artistic, oral, written, and other more sophisticated audiovisual presentations on the themes of the unit. Some students use the Internet to download images, while others use a digital camera and editing software to create their own video presentations.
Online
2003
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State Government and the Role of the Citizen [electronic resource]

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Diane Kerr, a Fourth Grade teacher at Butcher Greene Elementary School in the ethnically diverse community of Grandview, Missouri,presents a lesson on the state of Missouri and its three branches of government. Students work in groups to create posters that represent the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government. They voice their concerns about what can be done to improve their lives and the life of the community. As a class, they work to understand the process of how a bill becomes a law.
Online
2003
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The Virginia Company [electronic resource]: America's Corporate Beginnings

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Examines how primary sources can illuminate historical events. This workshop tells the story of Jamestown, a less-than-successful example of America's capitalist beginnings and a colony as a business operation. Drawing on contemporary accounts, workshop participants assume the roles of colonists and shareholders to argue the future of the Virginia Company's settlement at Jamestown.
Online
2001
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The Lowell System [electronic resource]: Women in a New Industrial Society

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In the earliest days of American industry, the Boston Manufacturing Company created an innovative, single-location manufacturing enterprise at Lowell that depended on the recruitment of female mill workers. This workshop debates the impact of this new form of employment on the work force. Participants investigate workers' experiences first-hand through diaries, letters, published accounts, and official mill postings.
Online
2001
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Common Sense and the American Revolution [electronic resource]

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This workshop explores the power and importance of America's first literary best-seller. Using the language of ordinary people, Thomas Paine's Common Sense called for revolution, challenging many assumptions about government and the colonies' relationship with England. Contrasts the declarations of local communities with Common Sense to see how support for American independence rose up in the colonies.
Online
2001
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Concerning Emancipation [electronic resource]: Who Freed the Slaves?

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This workshop examines the role of the enslaved in bringing about the end of slavery in the United States. Presents analysis of President Lincoln's attitudes and actions before and during the Civil War. Also looks at correspondence, speeches, legislative orders, newspaper articles, and letters written by African Americans to debate the influences prompting emancipation.
Online
2001
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Cans, Coal, and Corporations [electronic resource]: The 1893 World's Columbian Exposition

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Intrastate transportation and industrial technology exploded in the second half of the nineteenth century, creating a new vision of America. Join the onscreen participants as they draw on essays written to celebrate the 1893 Colombian Exposition in Chicago to explore this new perspective, both cosmopolitan and expansionist, and its implications for the future.
Online
2001
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The Census [electronic resource]: Who We Think We Are

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This workshop analyzes a selection of census forms over the past 200 years to show how categories of race and ethnicity not only reflect, but also shape, America's ideas of racial identity. Onscreen participants attempt to find themselves in evolving racial categorizations from 1830 to 1990 and, using recent Census results, formulate appropriation priorities for a Midwestern community.
Online
2001
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Korea and the Cold War [electronic resource]: A Case Study

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This workshop looks at the first use of military force under the Truman Doctrine and examines the Korean War as the first practical manifestation of America's Cold War containment policy. Using works by George Kennan and Walter Lippman, treaties, and the texts of the Marshall Plan and the Truman Doctrine, the onscreen participants take on the roles of major military, political, and strategic players at a mock Senate hearing to decide whether to intervene in Korea in 1950.
Online
2001
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Disease and History [electronic resource]: Typhoid Mary and the Search for Perfect Control

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This workshop looks at the history of infectious disease in America with a special focus on typhoid, diphtheria, and polio. Explores how these infections were conquered by medical research and public health regulation. With the aid of contemporary medical journal articles and New York City health records, the onscreen participants investigate the medical and civil liberties issues exemplified by the case of Typhoid Mary Mallon. Facing off as either Board of Health officials or friends of Mary Mallon, workshop participants debate the typhoid carrier's fate.
Online
2001