If you’re a history or social studies teacher, you no doubt recognize the importance of incorporating current events into your curricula whenever possible—as a way of illustrating a civics concept, perhaps, or to demonstrate how even long-ago events can have a direct impact on the present.
Our friends at History Classroom understand this, and over the years they have developed an impressive collection of study guides and classroom activities that can help you do these things effectively.
Take, for example, their Citizenship Quiz study guide.
With all the debate these days about citizenship, teachers have a perfect opportunity to help students consider not only the importance of this personal status, but the responsibilities that come along with it. On the History Classroom website you’ll find both the long and short versions of the actual quiz that aspiring Americans must pass in order to gain citizenship. Students can take this quiz for themselves, and then deepen their understanding by taking part in related classroom activities, which are outlined in the accompanying study guide.
The exercises touch on United States history, civics, and government, and are geared toward students in grades 5-12.
—Stephen Vincent D’Emidio
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