Educators Blog

9/26/14
Author: Alicia Parks

Have you ever seen a student left out or teased by their peers for being different? As a teacher it is important to include lessons on tolerance in your classroom, especially with the emphasis to eradicate bullying from our school districts. On October 2nd, in conjunction with the Library Company of Philadelphia, The Historical Society is proud to host Dr. Marc Stein whose work focuses on the LGBT Community in Philadelphia, particularly the Homophile Movement of the 1960s and 1970s.

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9/19/14
Author: Beth A Twiss Houting

The Vietnam War can be a difficult topic to teach. HSP has recently developed an unit plan about the Vietnam War, American Views on the Vietnam War, that can help teach about this difficult subject.

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9/12/14
Author: Beth A Twiss Houting

Before Ebola, there was Yellow Fever.  Right here in Philadelphia!  Learn all about it and how to teach Yellow Fever as a historical moment, a social challenge, and a medical mystery at a teacher workshop on Saturday, September 27.

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8/25/14
Author: Beth A Twiss Houting

The next installment of the Emmy Award winning Philadelphia: The Great Experiment series will air on WPVI/6abc at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 4th. In Penn's Shadow tells the story of the early years of William Penn's Holy Experiment. A blend of reenactments, primary sources, and commentary by leading historians conveys this oft-taught topic in a fresh and compelling manner.

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8/22/14

In 1971, Congress resolved that each August 26 would be Women's Equality Day to commemorate the passage of the 19th Amendment.  While not all schools are back in session yet, this day is the perfect time to think about whether your American history curriculum includes women and their contributions. The Historical Society of Pennsylvania has several unit plans about women’s history you may use.

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8/21/14
Author: Celia Caust-Ellenbogen

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania offers helpful resources for National History Day (NHD), and of course, boasts many archival collections to support student research. However, for students and teachers particularly interested in local history, or who live far from HSP and want to find primary-source documents close to home, a small repository may be a good place to do research.

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8/15/14

Immigrants quite literally helped to build America. With Labor Day and the school year approaching, HSP unit plans present ways to learn about immigrate contributions as well as to consider their living conditions. 

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8/8/14

There are several documents that are integral to and synonymous with US history: The Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, The Emancipation Proclamation.  They can be found in every textbook, and students are often forced to memorize parts of them, but how often are students encouraged to think critically about these documents?

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7/24/14

When students learn history solely from a textbook, they tend to get an over-generalized picture of the period. My high school and middle-school textbooks gave me the impression that everyone in the North was anti-slavery during the Civil War, all male citizens were gung-ho to join the military during the WWII, and all African-Americans agreed with Martin Luther King Jr. during the civil rights period.

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7/21/14

Immigration is often an interesting and personal topic for students, sparking conversations of “where did my family come from?” Many students are immigrants themselves. It is a topic that is both historical and modern, with immigration being a controversial and political issue today a well as having a rich and fascinating history in our country. The Historical Society of Pennsylvania education website has several unit plans about immigration.

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