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.
One of the most powerful moments in my 22 years of teaching occurred on the last day of the school year.
During the first week of school, my students in rural Pennsylvania played a game via Skype with a group of students in a rural Kenyan village. During that call, they learned of a bridge in the village so dangerous that many children were not able to go to school because of it. Over the course of the school year, the children in Kenya taught my students how to garden. In exchange, my students designed and fundraised to replace that bridge.
In honor of National Native American Heritage Month, Global Awareness Project has created a collection of Native American educational resources available on the organization’s website. These include films, lesson plans, photo essays, and articles.
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).