Lesson Module on the History and Geography of a Pandemic
National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and World History Digital Education Foundation (WHDEF) are offering teachers a set of free, three-day classroom modules to address the COVID-19 pandemic. These modules provide instruction for comparing the COVID-19 pandemic to past pandemics and for examining geographic and economic data to understand diffusion sources, globalization, and government responses. In the Day 1 module, “Historical Comparison to the Influenza Pandemic of 1918,” students investigate primary and secondary sources on the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 and the Influenza pandemic of 1918. In the Day 2 module, “Geographic Diffusion,” students investigate sources on the diffusion of COVID-19 and analyze population pyramids for five countries impacted by COVID-19. The module for Day 3,“Globalization and Economic Impact,” has students analyze globalization through global economic data on the crisis, as well as the growth of COVID-19 cases in Italy, South Korea, and the United States, including government responses. The modules are designed for virtual learning and classroom use.
Part of the Democratic Knowledge Project at Harvard University, the Declaration Resources Project supports teaching and learning about, and ongoing engagement with, the Declaration of Independence. One of the resources in development is Portrait of a Tyrant, a six-episode adventure game for students to learn about the Declaration of Independence, its historical context and contemporary relevance.
Could there be ghosts trapped in the basement of the SmithsonianNational Museum of American History? With the sudden and curious departure of her last intern, Museum Curator Isabella Wagner needs students’ help solving a mystery dating back to the Civil War.
September 17 is Constitution Day, commemorating the day in 1787when, at the end of a long, hot summer of discussion, debate, and deliberation, the delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed America’s most important document.