Podcast Using Current Events to Dive into the Past
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. BackStory is more than facts and headlines, however; it’s about how the past has shaped who Americans are today. A program of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, BackStory has ranked in the Top 10 of the iTunes Society and Culture list and as high as tenth among all iTunes podcasts. Teachers and students can get the history behind the headlines for free on iTunes or BackStory’s website. The resources icon indicates that educator resources accompany the episode.
The Pop History Dig is a magazine-styled website with more than 250 stories that cover a range of topics, often focusing on the history and power of popular culture. One goal of the site is to use the visibility of popular culture—its music, film, literature, and famous personalities—to engage readers on topics ranging from civil rights history to the power of the entertainment industry.
The 9/11 Memorial & Museum invites teachers and students to participate in “Anniversary in the Schools,” a freewebinar commemorating the seventeenth anniversary of 9/11. The webinar, broadcast from inside the 9/11 Museum, connects students and teachers from around the world with museum staff and guest speakers to learn about the attacks and the importance of commemoration.
The Reading, Evidence, and Argumentation in Disciplinary Instruction (READI) Project, a multi-institutional initiative headed by the University of Illinois at Chicago, supports disciplinary argumentation from multiple sources in middle school and high school science and history/social studies classes.