Social Studies Texts

“Social Studies Texts” Category has been moved!

The Social Studies Texts category has been moved to an alternative blog, which I’m putting together here as an ongoing project: http://socialstudiestexts.wordpress.com/

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Big Think: How to break the habit of provincial thinking

A quick read for a social studies classroom discussion outlining how to be/stay relatively informed on current issues.  Might be adapted into a good warm-up activity with some thought-provoking questions for the beginning of class one day.

http://bigthink.com/in-their-own-words/how-to-break-the-habit-of-provincial-thinking

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S.S. Content: TED Talks, Maps, and Charts

A few notable things to add to the social studies files to review, think about, and perhaps implement into a lesson plan down the road.

  • 40 maps that explain the world (Max Fisher, Washington Post)
    • *includes link to a video of Fisher discussing a few of the maps.  Good potential for a “guest” modeling activity for learning the intricacies of reading a complex map followed by some scaffolding/guided practice for students to explain a different map.  Lots of possibilities…
  • The Entire History of the World – Really, All of It – Distilled Into a Single Gorgeous Chart (Rebecca Onion, Slate)
    • This is a good one, precisely because it is so bad. Anyone who would remotely consider themselves a historian understands the problems with that title, and we should teach our students that lesson, too.  That being said, the chart is pretty awesome and is definitely worth looking at when talking about empires, global history, change over time, etc.  Originally printed in 1931 (bonus: primary source), the chart identifies most of the major civilizations over the past 4000 years, but notably includes little actual history about any of them.  Still useful to know a thing or two about the empires, but this is mostly a useful document to use when talking about the big picture stuff in history, and perhaps as a starting point for an inquiry project where students pick a civilization and delve a bit deeper based on their interests…
  • TED Playlist: Hans Rosling, 5 talks on global issues
    • Grab bag of videos on fairly specific videos.  I like TED talks for prof. development within the content area and also occasionally you’ll find a talk that high school students will enjoy.  For the most part though, the messages in these will usually have to be slightly repackaged if we want to hold the interest of our students.  Lecture just isn’t going to work with these talks…90% of the time.  Anyway, it includes 5 videos (each 15-25 mins. long) on the “African” economy/poverty issues, Indian progress, young Chinese entrepreneurs, birth control with Melinda Gates, and some thoughts from the ground during the Arab Spring!
  • TED Playlist: The Global Power Shift
    • Caught this on Netflix; all of the praise for TED above still applies.  Actually the Netflix version of the list has perhaps twice as many videos.  A handful of these deal with specific geographical locations, others talk about the big picture ideas, and still others talk about trends impacting the world today.  Enjoy!

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20 Must-Have Educational Resources For All Teachers | Edudemic

Some of my favorites have made the list! Can’t wait to play brief clips of audio books to my students…Audible is the best

http://www.edudemic.com/2012/02/20-ed-resources/

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Virtual Field Trip Resources | mattBgomez

Virtual field trips made easy..a collection of awesome resources to explore the world with!

http://mattbgomez.com/virtual-field-trip-resources/

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Some thoughts and words on the events in the Boston area last week.

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“Boston Under Siege, My Kids in the Driveway: Why I avoided the media last week”
-Steve Almond, New Republic
http://www.newrepublic.com/article/112993/boston-bombing-lockdown-under-siege-my-kids-driveway#

“Why is Boston ‘terrorism’ but not Aurora, Sandy Hook, Tucson and Columbine?”
-Glenn Greenwald, The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/apr/22/boston-marathon-terrorism-aurora-sandy-hook

“Glenn Greenwald on Boston Marathon Arrest: Will We Deny Constitutional Rights in the Name of Fear?”
-Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!
http://www.democracynow.org/2013/4/22/glenn_greenwald_on_boston_marathon_arrest

“Not Your Average Chechen Jihadis: Drawing the Wrong Conclusions About the Boston Bombing”
-Charles King, Foreign Affairs
http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/139333/charles-king/not-your-average-chechen-jihadis?page=show

“Drone Strikes and the Boston Marathon Bombing”
-Robert Wright, The Atlantic
http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2013/04/drone-strikes-and-the-boston-marathon-bombing/275164/

“Black and White and Red All Over: How the hyperkinetic media is breeding a new generation of terrorists.”
-Scott Atran, Foreign Policy
http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2013/04/22/black_and_white_and_red_all_over_boston_bombing_terrorists_media?wp_login_redirect=0

“The Orwellian Warfare State of Carnage and Doublethink”
-Norman Solomon, AntiWar.com
http://original.antiwar.com/solomon/2013/04/17/the-orwellian-warfare-state-of-carnage-and-doublethink/

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Darwin on Evolution

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“Teaching About The Wars”: New Curriculum from Rethinking Schools By Felicia Gustin

“ZCommunications | “Teaching About The Wars”: New Curriculum from Rethinking Schools by Felicia Gustin | ZNet Article” http://feedly.com/k/Zsu5LM

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Brief visual history of the cell phone

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“What Does the Future Look Like?” TED: Ideas Worth Sharing

Check this out:
http://www.ted.com/playlists/85/what_does_the_future_look_like.html

 

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Jill Petzinger: Communist monopoly teaches downside of socialist life

A thoughtful method for hands-on learning.

m.spiegel.de/international/zeitgeist/a-740587.html#spRedirectedFrom=www&referrrer=http://m.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.spiegel.de%2Finternational%2Fzeitgeist%2Fthe-waiting-game-communist-monopoly-teaches-downside-of-socialist-life-a-740587.html&h=IAQH72tNC&s=1

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Social Studies Text: Perspective

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Social Studies Text: Modern Imperialism

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Evidence of Climate Change

Evidence of Climate Change.

Start with these 3 analyses:

http://www.sciencemag.org/content/306/5702/1686.full

http://scienceprogress.org/2012/11/27479/

http://www.edf.org/climate/global-warming-facts

Peer-reviewed Research:

http://www.ipcc.ch/publications_and_data/ar4/syr/en/main.html

http://www.grida.no/publications/other/ipcc_tar/?src=%2Fclimate%2Fipcc_tar%2Fwg1%2Findex.htm

http://www.grida.no/polar/news/2427.aspx

http://www.grida.no/publications/other/ipcc_tar/?src=%2Fclimate%2Fipcc_tar%2Fwg1%2F005.htm

http://www.grida.no/climate/ipcc_tar/wg2/pdf/wg2TARchap19.pdf

http://downloads.globalchange.gov/usimpacts/pdfs/climate-impacts-report.pdf

http://web.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/EXTDEC/EXTRESEARCH/EXTWDRS/0,,contentMDK:23079906~pagePK:478093~piPK:477627~theSitePK:477624,00.html

http://climate.nasa.gov/evidence

http://www.skepticalscience.com/empirical-evidence-for-global-warming.htm

Secondary Articles:

http://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/global-warming-evidence-strengthens-un-official-says-20121130-2akj4.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/03/science/earth/03climate.html?ex=1328158800&en=61f42312221df544&ei=5090&partner=rssuserland&emc=rss%3Cbr+%2F%3E&_r=0

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/6321351.stm

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/23/business/worldbusiness/23energy.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/06/science/earth/06clim.html?pagewanted=1&ei=5088&en=53862c0cdf77d1c0&ex=1328418000&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/interactive/2011/aug/15/everything-know-climate-change

Samples of what organizations around the world are already doing:

http://www.nationalacademies.org/onpi/06072005.pdf

http://www.pik-potsdam.de/aktuelles/nachrichten/dateien/G8_Academies%20Declaration.pdf

http://www.interacademies.net/File.aspx?id=4825

http://www.aaas.org/news/press_room/climate_change/mtg_200702/aaas_climate_statement.pdf

http://www.euro-acad.eu/downloads/memorandas/lets_be_honest_-_festplenum_03.03.07_-_final2.pdf

http://www.unep.org/pdf/ccScienceCompendium2009/cc_ScienceCompendium2009_full_highres_en.pdf

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Petition: We demand President Obama and Congress accept Climate Change as an enemy of the people.

Declare War On Climate Change. We demand President Obama and Congress accept Climate Change as an enemy of the people.

We, the people, demand the President of the United States and it’s legislative body recognize Climate Change as great and Grave a threat to this nation as they would any other aggressive enemy. We demand that the President and Congress act against Climate Change as they have acted against Saddam Husein, Bin Laden, and Hitler for that matter. We demand a National Energy Policy that quickly begins to ween us off of Carbon Based fuels and expedites the inevitable and necessary transition to Clean Energy. We demand that our leaders act on the recommendations coming from an overwhelming majority of the scientific community to halt Climate Change and save the lives of untold millions.

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/declare-war-climate-change-we-demand-president-obama-and-congress-accept-climate-change-enemy-people/WxsynJ0Y 

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Visual Texts for your Social Studies Classroom (This post/album is updated WEEKLY)

Note: These are VERY provocative, discretion is advised.  May be used for multiple purposes. Contains quotes, cartoons, photos, and more. Enjoy

Click here to view the album.

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Tariq Ali on Americentrism

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A Quick Lesson From Dr. Seuss

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NPR: New NASA Images Show The Earth’s Electric Light Show

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A recent article published by NPR includes twelve photographs of Earth at night taken from space, which are potentially excellent methods to talk about geography and global development in a Social Studies classroom.

Find the article here: http://www.npr.org/blogs/pictureshow/2012/12/05/166587600/new-nasa-images-show-the-earths-electric-light-show?utm_source=NPR&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=20121205

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Long Story Short…

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Corporatocracy

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Historical Valentines Day

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History as Facebook

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Government 101

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This is your life.

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Nation-State Development

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Global Flight

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Tribes of the Indian Nation

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US Population Distribution

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Who has the oil?

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