May 12, 2022

Teaching Now: Separating Myths from History

This unit plan and teaching guide was developed by Dr. John Bickford, Professor of Social Studies/History Education at Eastern Illinois University and Editor-in-Chief of The Councilor: A Journal of the Social Studies, in collaboration with Citizen U. It presents a lesson plan with teaching notes targeted to early and upper elementary students. TEACHER BACKGROUND Children—and adults!—will be shocked to learn most of their Thanksgiving facts are fables, not history. This short section … [Read more...]

NHD 2016: Exploration, Encounter, Exchange Topic Ideas Part I

These curated resource lists coincide with the order of the topic ideas listed in the NHD 2016 theme sample topics list. Note: historic newspaper coverage is from 1836-1922. New Spain and the Comanche: Encounters, Missions, and Conquests Exploring the Early Americas Interpreting the Conquest online exhibition Parallel Histories: Spain, United States and the American Frontier ideas to explore New Spain maps Travels through the western interior of the United States, from the year … [Read more...]

Today in History: Salem Witch Trials

Today in History–March 1–the Library of Congress features the Salem witch trials, which were sparked when Massachusetts authorities charged three women with witchcraft on this day in 1692. Read more about this brief but dark chapter in U.S. history by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access related resources. Background Salem witch trials from America's Library Evidence from Invisible Worlds in Salem In Custodia Legis August 20, 2020 Images … [Read more...]

Today in History: George Perkins Marsh

Today in History–September 30–the Library of Congress features Congressman George Perkins Marsh, who delivered a speech on agricultural conditions in New England on this day in 1847 that recognized the capacity for environmental destruction and advocated for resource management and restoration. Find out more by reviewing the Today in History section and reviewing the resources below. George Perkins Marsh images George P. Marsh address delivered before the Agricultural society of Rutland … [Read more...]