Teaching Materials

Labor Matters

Teaching Activity. By Teaching Tolerance. Introduces students to the role of the labor movement in securing contemporary benefits such as the 40-hour work week, the minimum wage, and workplace safety regulations.
Time Periods: 20th Century, Turn of the Century: 1900 - 1909, World War I: 1910 - 1919, Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944
Themes: Labor, Laws & Citizen Rights, Organizing
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Let’s Talk About Climate! Interdisciplinary Teaching Ideas

Teaching Guide. Project coordinator: Peter Crownfield. In collaboration with the Alliance for Sustainable Communities–Lehigh Valley. Teaching ideas to integrate climate and sustainability concepts in all subjects and grade levels.
Themes: Climate Justice, Environment, Science
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The Line Between Us: Teaching About the Border and Mexican Immigration

Teaching Guide. By Bill Bigelow. 2006. 160 pages. Rethinking Schools. Lessons for teaching about the history of U.S.–Mexico relations and current border and immigration issues.
Time Periods: 19th Century, Early 19th Century: 1800 - 1849, 20th Century
Themes: Immigration, Latinx, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements
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Losing Control in the 1970s

Teaching Activity. By Jennifer Rosebrook. Questions and teaching ideas for Chapter 20 of Voices of a People's History of the United States on the legacy of scandal since the end of the Vietnam War and the Watergate break-in.
Time Periods: 20th Century, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: Democracy & Citizenship, US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements
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New York and Slavery: Time to Teach the Truth

Teaching Guide. By Alan J. Singer. 2008. Narrative description of slavery in the north and strategies for engaging young people as historians on the topic.
Time Periods: 18th Century, 19th Century
Themes: African American, Slavery and Resistance
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Panama, the 1991 Gulf War, and the War at Home

Teaching Activity. By Robert Standish. Questions and teaching ideas for Chapter 22 of Voices of a People’s History of the United States on Panama, the 1991 Gulf War, and the War on the Poor in the United States.
Time Periods: 20th Century, Post-Civil Rights Era: 1975 - 2000
Themes: US Foreign Policy, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements
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A People’s History for the Classroom

Teaching Guide. By Bill Bigelow. 120 pages. 2008. Rethinking Schools. Lessons to introduce students to a more accurate, complex, and engaging understanding of U.S. history than is found in traditional textbooks and curricula. Published by Rethinking Schools.
Time Periods: All US History
Themes: Education
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The Power in Our Hands: A Curriculum on the History of Work and Workers in the United States

Teaching Guide. By Bill Bigelow and Norm Diamond. 1988. Role plays and writing activities project high school students into real-life situations to explore the history and contemporary reality of employment (and unemployment) in the U.S.
Time Periods: 19th Century, Industrial Revolution: 1877 - 1899, 20th Century, Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944
Themes: Economics, Labor, Organizing, Racism & Racial Identity
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Preparing the Revolution

Teaching Activity. By Gayle Olson-Raymer. Questions and teaching ideas for Chapter 4 of Voices of a People's History of the United States on class differences and internal dissent before and during the Revolutionary War.
Themes: Democracy & Citizenship, Social Class
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Protesting the First World War

Teaching Activity. By Colby Smart. Questions and teaching ideas for Chapter 14 of Voices of a People's History of the United States on anti-war efforts during the first World War, as well as the U.S. government's response.
Time Periods: 20th Century, World War I: 1910 - 1919, Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944
Themes: Wars & Related Anti-War Movements
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Putting the Movement Back into Civil Rights Teaching

Teaching Guide and Website. Edited by Deborah Menkart, Alana D. Murray, and Jenice L. View. 2004. Provides lessons and articles for K-12 educators on how to go beyond a heroes approach to the Civil Rights Movement, with a focus on education, economics, labor, youth, women, and culture.
Time Periods: 20th Century, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: Civil Rights Movements, Organizing
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Race and Membership in American History

Teaching Guide. By Alan Stoskopf. Facing History and Ourselves. 2002. Resources for teaching about the eugenics movement in the United States.
Time Periods: 20th Century, Turn of the Century: 1900 - 1909
Themes: Racism & Racial Identity, Science
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