• "1917" as Academic Inspiration

    As a historian I struggle with Hollywood-versions of history. Based on a “true story” or “actual events” generally indicates, to me, that some well-meaning writers have taken an historical even...
    Suzanne McCormack
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  • What Chinese New Year Means To Me

    January 25, 2020 is an important day for Chinese people: it’s the beginning of the Chinese New Year. But, what makes this new year more special than every other new year is that it’s the beginning of a new...
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  • (Extra) Help Wanted

    It’s the first week of spring semester and I’m already feeling overwhelmed by the sheer volume of duties ahead of me in the coming months. Yesterday in class I heard myself telling students “not to b...
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  • Making Space for Students' Interests

    I’ve been viewing the documentary “The Murder of Emmett Till” (PBS) with students in my US History II sections for as long as I can remember. The tragic history of this young boy’s murder, more...
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  • Happy 228th Birthday, Bill of Rights

    December 15, 1791--Virginia became the last state needed to ratify the Bill of Rights, giving the bill the necessary 2/3 majority of votes needed to be made into law¹. Since its inception, the Bill of Rights has ...
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  • The Struggle is Real (#3): Following Directions

    Students are turning in final projects this week for my online courses. With only two weeks until final exams, the end of the semester is bearing down on us all. And though these students have been working with me sin...
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  • Listen to our podcast from the new co-authors of The American Promise, Sarah Igo and François Furstenberg

    Listen to our podcast from the new co-authors of The American Promise, Sarah Igo and François Furstenberg. In this episode, Sarah and François address questions from the history teaching community on be...
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  • Native American Heritage Month

    Hello everyone!   In celebration of Native American Heritage Month, Macmillan hosted a plethora of events to raise awareness about Native American culture and history. Here are some of the events that we had held...
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  • Teachers, Thank Your Teachers

    This past weekend I had the opportunity to look through my high school report cards. It would probably shock my former history teachers that I pursued a career in a subject area where I squeaked out B-minuses semester...
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  • Transgender Day of Remembrance

    Did you know that November 20th is Transgender Day of Remembrance?   Transgender Day of Remembrance was first started in November 20th 1999 by Gwendolyn Ann Smith, a transgender advocate, who had held a vigil for...
    Steven Huang
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  • I Have A Dream, 56 Years Later

       photo credit:  The George F. Landegger Collection of Alabama Photographs in Carol M. Highsmith's America, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division   August is for vacations, air con...
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  • Origins of Halloween

    Pumpkins, scary decorations, an overabundance of fun-sized candy in your grocery store--it’s Halloween! It’s the one day all kids look forward to as they knock on doors with their friends and loved ones to...
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  • Hit Refresh: Sharing Online Resources

    Students in my US History I and II classes have recently started a short research project, which means we are spending class time in the library getting everyone acquainted with identifying and citing research materia...
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  • Pathways to Student Success II: Talking with Students about Textbooks

    My son, a high school 10th-grader, has been using an iPad in school regularly since 5th grade. He’s grown up in a generation of students for whom digital textbooks and computer-based learning are commonplace. An...
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  • Thinking about The 1619 Project

    In August the New York Times released The 1619 Project, an ambitious publication of the paper’s weekly magazine that seeks to address our nation’s troubled history with slavery at its 400th anniversary. Wr...
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  • No time to talk impeachment?

    Last week’s announcement that there will be an impeachment inquiry into the actions of President Trump has created an opportunity to talk with students about the historical precedents of this action. The nearest...
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  • September 21st, 2019-International Day Of Peace

    When we think about September, we think about fall foliage, apples, and pumpkin spice lattes. But, did you know that September is also the month that contains  the International Day of Peace?   The holiday w...
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  • Taking Note(s)

    We just finished the second week of the fall semester and I’m already feeling anxious about the notes my students are not taking during class.    History classes are notorious for being heavy with note...
    Suzanne McCormack
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  • Celebrating Women's Equality Day! (8.26.19)

    On behalf of the Diversity & Inclusion Council at Macmillan Learning, we invite you to celebrate Women’s Equality Day this Monday, August 26th!   After nationwide women’s rights marches in the 19...
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  • Teaching the Industrial Revolution

    Prep time for fall semester and I’m in that familiar August headspace where I’m questioning how I can make certain “must teach” topics more enjoyable for the students and for me! I’ve wri...
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