Stories Exploring Contemporary Culture and Popular History
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. Stories on rock ‘n’ roll and sports figures are part of the mix, but so are stories about big business mergers, Madison Avenue advertising, and presidential campaigns. Biography and environmental history are found on the site as well. Some stories on business and public policy are serious and detailed, while others on music, film, and sports offer lighter fare. One story—“Steinbeck to Springstein”—explores the impact of The Grapes of Wrath on music and pop culture.
Plus: Reading Through Historyis avideo series created by two Oklahoma teachers that can serve as lesson starters for the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl, and the Okie migration. One of the videos is a history brief of John Steinbeck’sThe Grapes of Wrath.
The Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) mission is to end discrimination and fight for equity for all people. As part of this mission, ADL offers resources for teachers to address wide-ranging issues that touch on the topics of diversity and bias, such as bigotry, net neutrality, DACA and immigration, and conversations about race in a mostly white classroom.
To help teachers and their students celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15–October 15), ¡Colorín Colorado! features free research-based information, resources, and tools for teaching English language learners (ELLs).
The National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) is offering a freesymposium broadcast on November 1, 2018, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (ET). Educators are invited to watch live on that day to hear experts discuss the need and explore how to transform education about Native Americans to inspire a more comprehensive vision of history and shared experiences.