Teaching Materials

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Climate Change and School in a Yup’ik Fishing Village

Article. By Jill Howdyshell. The author describes how climate change is hitting Indigenous communities in Alaska much harder than other places in the world. And yet, administrators still insist that school discussions should focus on student test scores.
Time Periods: 21st Century, 2001 - Present
Themes: Climate Justice, Environment, Economics, Native American
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Climate Change, Gender, and Nuclear Bombs

Article. By Bill Bigelow. Rethinking Schools, Spring 2018. Gender is one of the crucial variables determining how the climate crisis affects us.
Time Periods: 20th Century, 21st Century
Themes: Climate Justice, Environment, Pacific Islander, Women's History
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The Export of Colors

Article. By Manlio Argueta. From Cuzcatlán, Donde bate la mar del sur. An excerpt from a novel of historical fiction about the impact of an export economy on peasants in El Salvador.
Time Periods: 20th Century
Themes: Imperialism, Latinx, Native American
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The First Decoration Day

Article. By David W. Blight. 2011. The people's history of Memorial Day in Charleston, South Carolina during Reconstruction.
Time Periods: 19th Century, Civil War Era: 1850 - 1864
Themes: Reconstruction, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements
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Five Myths About Reconstruction

Article. By James W. Loewen. 2015. Overview of five common fallacies that Americans still tell themselves about the Reconstruction era.
Time Periods: 19th Century
Themes: African American, Democracy & Citizenship, Racism & Racial Identity
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Francis Scott Key Opposed “Land of the Free”

Article. By Jefferson Morley. "Star-Spangled Banner" songwriter Francis Scott Key opposed abolitionists and free speech in his role as district attorney of the city of Washington.
Time Periods: Early 19th Century: 1800 - 1849
Themes: African American, Democracy & Citizenship, Slavery and Resistance
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Freedom Day in Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Article. By Howard Zinn. From Chapter 6 of You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train. Zinn describes the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) voting rights campaign called Freedom Day in Hattiesburg, Miss.
Time Periods: People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Democracy & Citizenship
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The First Vote

Freedom’s Unfinished Revolution: Teaching a People’s History of Reconstruction

Background Reading for Teachers. By Bill Bigelow. 4 pages. A review of Freedom's Unfinished Revolution, a collection of primary documents for high school on the Civil War and Reconstruction.
Time Periods: 19th Century, Reconstruction Period: 1865 - 1876
Themes: African American, Reconstruction, Laws & Citizen Rights, Racism & Racial Identity, Slavery and Resistance
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Globalization: A View from Below

Article in PDF. By Jean-Bertrand Aristide. 5 pages. An essay on the impact of globalization, with the story of Haiti as an example.
Time Periods: 20th Century
Themes: US Foreign Policy, World History/Global Studies
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The Green Feather Movement

Article. By Alison Kysia. 2013. History of a little-known student resistance movement against McCarthyism and censorship.
Time Periods: 20th Century, Cold War: 1945 - 1960
Themes: Education
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The Green New Deal and Our Schools

Article. 2019. By the Rethinking Schools Editorial Board. Rethinking Schools, Summer 2019. The Green New Deal will only be brought to life by people who grasp the enormity of the crisis that humanity faces and the radical changes necessary to address it. This requires that we teach a climate justice curriculum.
Time Periods: 21st Century
Themes: Climate Justice, Environment, Economics, Education, Labor, Organizing, Racism & Racial Identity
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How My Students Brought Reconstruction to Life

Article. By Amy Trenkle. One of the teachers who piloted the Make Reconstruction History Visible project with her students shares the process she used.
Time Periods: Reconstruction Period: 1865 - 1876
Themes: African American, Reconstruction, Democracy & Citizenship, Racism & Racial Identity
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Howard Zinn: Interview by Bill Moyers

Article. Interview of Howard Zinn by Bill Moyers. 2009. Book excerpt of Howard Zinn on The People Speak and a range of topics in U.S. history and contemporary issues.
Time Periods: All US History
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Introduction: The Life and Work of Howard Zinn

Article. By Robert J. Helfenbein and Rose A. Jackson. Indiana University. 2013. Introduction to a special edition of "International Journal of Social Education" by scholars presenting and discussing perspectives on the important influences of Howard Zinn to education, history, and citizenship.
Themes: Education
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