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Why I Teach Journalism in My History Classes

Edutopia – David Cutler

“In high school, I struggled to write clear, concise prose. My command of structure was minimal, and I didn’t make effective use of sources to inform my analysis. I also had difficulty differentiating between summary and analysis, much to the chagrin of my teachers, who worked diligently to help me hone my writing. However much I struggled, it was only when I found my passion for news reporting that I began to succeed as a writer—so much so, in fact, that I now teach journalism to my history students, hopeful that they too will benefit from combining history and journalism.”(more)

Thanksgiving Pilgrim Factoids: Possible Interactive Notebook Activity

Education World – Gail Skroback Hennessey

“Pilgrim Factoids:
1. Over the years, many people took samples of Plymouth Rock. Today, it is now 1/3 the size it was during the time of the Pilgrims.
2. The sailors on the Mayflower didn’t care for the Pilgrims and called them “flib-gabbety puke stockings” because so many of the Plgrims got seasick.
3. Would you wear the same clothes for 66 days? The Pilgrims did!
4. The Pilgrims didn’t have forks on the table at Thanksgiving. Forks weren’t popular until the 18th century.”(more)

Recess: How the heck do you approach Columbus Day?

The 74 Million – Roger Riddell

“As the old rhyme begins, “In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue.” What follows, however, has become a source of controversy in recent years as more consideration is given to the impact of the Spaniard’s exploration on the indigenous peoples of the Americas. One major point of contention at the heart of the debate: Columbus is often credited with “discovering” America when that accolade clearly belongs to the people who crossed over from Asia thousands of years earlier. Columbus wasn’t even the first European to find North America, as archaeological evidence has placed the Vikings on the continent a few hundred years prior.”(more)

Teaching Sept. 11 To Students Who Were Born After The Attacks

NPR – Eric Westervelt

“Never forget” became a national rallying cry after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Yet America’s schools — where collective memory is shaped — are now full of students who never knew because they weren’t alive then. Many teachers now struggle with whether and how to teach the attacks and their aftermath. According to one survey, only about 20 states include anything in depth about the events of that fateful day in their high school social studies curriculum.”(more)

Maths classes should be taught in the morning to improve attainment, study finds

The Telegraph – Camilla Turner

“Maths classes should be held in the morning because pupils are better at concentrating before lunch time, a study has found. Meanwhile, youngsters will improve at history if they have lessons in the afternoon, according to a decade long study by academics at Royal Holloway, University of London. Researchers found children are better at repetitive tasks early in the day, while tasks that involve evaluation are best left to after lunch.”(more)