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Teaching The Great War with magazines, medals and a letter or two

Education Dive – Lauren Barack

“In Laura Huffman’s world history lessons at the Cannon School, students don’t open textbooks and read passages about World War I. Instead her Concord, N.C.-based classes open a kind of time capsule, placing them in Europe where they handle a Victory Medal, another given to German women in exchange for donated jewelry to support the war effort, and a nearly 100-year-old French fashion magazine where the only mention of the war is a simple letter to the editor.” (more)

How to teach 9/11 when most students were born after the tragedy

Education Dive – Lauren Barack

“Renee Hobbs believes teenagers are at the best age to absorb the history of 9/11, given that adolescents and young adults can likely identify with the emotions of anger and conflict that many experienced in the days and months that followed. The problem? Few if any high school students were born prior to the attacks in New York, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania on Sept. 11, 2001.” (more)

Survey Reveals Gaps in Knowledge of Holocaust History—And That Most Americans Believe It Could Happen Again

Time – Lily Rothman

“On a day dedicated to remembering the Holocaust, some experts are worried that their decades of efforts to do so may not be making enough of a mark on Americans. “We say ‘Never Forget,’ but the people who were murdered are literally being forgotten as we speak,” says Greg Schneider, Executive Vice President of the Claims Conference, the organization behind a new study showing just how that forgetting is happening.” (more)

St. Patrick’s Day is Coming: Ireland, An Interactive Notebook Activity

Education World – Gail S Hennessey

“St. Patrick’s Day is coming-a wonderful opportunity to introduce your students to the country of Ireland. Did you know that the Celtic knot is a very famous symbol of Ireland? Learn more about Ireland with my fun and informative web quest on Ireland includes 12 questions and lots of extension activities.” (more)

15 Black History Month Activities for February and Beyond

We Are Teachers – Tanya Merriman

“First, let it be said: black history is American history. But observing Black History Month in the month of February gives us a chance to focus on a part of our shared history that the founder, Carter G. Woodson, observed was at risk of disappearing. Of course it is wonderful to recognize the contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks. But there are lots of ways to go beyond the typical inventors and sports heroes so that every child can connect to and learn from the amazing contributions of the African-American community. Here are just some of our favorite Black History Month activities for the classroom.” (more)