Jerky Turkey, 1945

This homefront cartoon short released in 1945 plays on several themes that would offer a great discussion in class.

Sometimes it is just fun to show students something outside of the box in order to get them engaged.

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1960s PSAs

On weekend mornings throughout the 1960s, public service announcements were part of regular programming. We found this gem which is a collection of warnings about protecting livestock during a nuclear attack. It is particularly amusing because of the use of marionette dolls.

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Wartime Nutrition, 1943

This film was made by the U.S. Office of War Information in 1943 and it highlights the importance of rationing as well as eating properly.

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Ludlow Massacre

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The Ludlow Massacre in 1914 was an important event in American history. A major tragedy, it fueled the growing worker’s rights movement and helped result in the 8 hour work day we enjoy today.

We have included several images as well as an assignment requiring students to retell the story in their own words.

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Newly released photos of JFK

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The International Center of Photography in New York has an exhibit right now highlighting the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.

The photographs include never before seen amateur shots, as well as some that were published at the time.

We have compiled some of the shots to be ready for your classroom use.

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Ancestry map, 2000 Census

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The amount of information contained in census maps is staggering and a major score for Social Studies teachers.

This week we have created questions and answers on groups by ancestry in counties.

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Matthew Brady’s images

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Matthew Brady was a prolific photographer who left behind a legacy of Civil War photos that allow us a glimpse into the daily lives of soldiers, important figures, and pivotal battlefields.

We have assembled several into a labelled classroom ready resource.

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1912 Exam for 8th graders


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This exam was given to 8th grade students in Bullitt County, Kentucky.

A rural community, it was a big deal to make it as far as 8th grade and some students who scored well were granted scholarships to high school.

This would be a fun exam to pass out to students in any grade as a beginning of the year assignment, either individually or in small groups to see collectively how many they might be able to answer. Obviously some of the questions are no longer relevant nor will they be able to answer all of them, but this can be a great springboard for class discussions and as an ice breaker.

Here is the exam in a format ready for your classroom use.

For a link to the answers head here: Bullitt County exam answers

WWII Dr. Seuss cartoon

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Dr. Seuss was a true American treasure. As teachers we are very lucky that most students are familiar with his work, because it gives them a higher level of comfort when examining his political cartoons.

We have included this cartoon which is a commentary on segregation in war industries at the beginning of the war.

Here are questions and answers ready for your classroom use.

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WWII color photographs


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Many of us are familiar with images of WWII in black and white.

LIFE magazine photographer Frank Scherschel was in Western Europe before, during and after the invasion in Normandy. The shots he took have now been restored in color and offer a glimpse into life during this critical period in world history.

We have compiled these images for your use in a PDF document.

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