History and the Social Sciences are rooted in the stories of those who have come before us. From these stories we better understand the potential of the individual, the power of ideas, and the destruction that can come from conflict. The stories of the past are as complex as they are riviting. The following resources can be used by teachers and parents to help students appreciate and understand commemorative events, national holidays, and tributes.
Constitution Day - 9/17
To assist in the annual recognition of Constitution Day, a list of sites and activities is attached below.
Constitution Day Activities from Constitution Facts including a quiz, survey, and poster contest
Center for Civic Education's Collection of K-12 Resources for Constitution Day
Review of resources for Constitution Day from Teaching History.org
Constitution Day Documents
Resources for Celebrating Martin Luther King Day
Please see the attached list of resources. Resources will be added to each year. Many can be incorporated into student service learning projects throughout the year.
Martin Luther King Day Documents
Resources for Recognizing the 9/11 Tragedy
The September 11 Digital Archive (Geared to use in secondary classrooms)
Teachable Moment: Reflection on the Eve of the 9/11 Anniversary (A resource to guide teachers K-12 for helping students as they ask questions and seek understanding; particularly helpful for discussions with elementary students who have questions or concerns)
Learning from the Challenges of our Times: Global Security, Terrorism, and 9/11 in the Classroom (a K-12 curricular resources developed in New Jersey with assistance from families affected by 9/11)
Ten Books about 9/11 for Children and Teens (Children and young adult titles recommended by editors at the Huffington Post)
Remembering 9/11 (A retrospective collection developed by the National Geographic Society
Pearson's Remembering September 11 (Resources organized for use with elementary and secondary students including a model letter for teachers to send to parents about class discussion of 9/11)
The Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero (Discovery Channel's documentary of the rebuilding of the Twin Towers site commemorates 9/11 while also capturing efforts to construct a fitting memorial and create a historical archive of the events and site)
EdChat clip on teaching 9/11 for children born after the event from Harvards School of Education