Facing History and Ourselves has produced a series of freevideos and accompanyinglessons that introduce a rigorous study of the Reconstruction era into American history classrooms. The video series presents interviews with scholars who offer insight into this complex history and address questions of freedom, justice, equality, and citizenship that are at the heart of the Reconstruction era. Facing History has also developed a completeunit with 16 lessons and many primary source documents from the era. The unit, available in print, ebook, and downloadable PDF, guides students through a deep exploration of the Reconstruction era while enhancing their ethical decision making and capacity for emotional growth. Thewriting strategies that supplement the unit will help teachers to guide students through the process of organizing their ideas and crafting a thesis in response to the writing prompts; writing and editing drafts; sharing their essays; and reflecting on the writing process.
Empatico helps teachers in different countries connect their classrooms and encourage an appreciation of different perspectives. Free for users, this new platform features standards-aligned lessons suitable for children aged 8–10.
BackStory is a weekly podcast that uses current events in America to take a deep dive into the past. Hosted by noted US historians, each episode provides listeners with different perspectives on a particular theme or subject—giving the listener all sides to the story and then some.
Students can learn about complex topics with Big Ideas for Little Kids, a freeonlinecurriculum that encourages students to inquire about the world. Developed by two social studies educators, the program uses picture books to cover subjects such as economics and the environment and includes high school students as mentors.