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History eNews from Emerging America - March 28, 2018

Published on Sun, 04/01/2018

EMERGING AMERICA HISTORY eNEWS Vol. 5, Issue 13 for March 28, 2018


  • S.2355, An Act to Promote and Enhance Civic Engagement passed the Massachusetts Senate last week The bill aims to ensure that all students in the Commonwealth have an effective civics education and graduate with the skills, knowledge, and dispositions necessary for effective civic participation. The bill would require that students study American History and Civics and complete at least two student-led civics projects before graduation. It would authorize funding and opportunities for teacher professional development and provide additional opportunities for youth civic engagement including the High School Voter Challenge and Edward M. Kennedy and Edward Brooke Civics Challenge. Learn more. Lobby Day at the State House to secure House passage is Tuesday 4/3. Sign up here.  
  • Congress passes FY2018 Budget with slight increases for National Endowment for Humanities ($3 million over FY2017) Info, Department of Education, and Institute of Museum and Library Services Info.
  • Give input to Standards for English Language Development - WIDA Survey -Info

World War I and Disability

New Accessible Lesson at!

See blog post below.

American wounded in base hospital, France. Photograph shows American soldiers with nurses in Ward 10, Base Hospital in Talence, France during World War I. Image available at:

Accessing Inquiry for Students with Disabilities

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  • Accessing Inquiry for Students with Disabilities through Primary Sources:
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Library of Congress Teacher Blog

  • The Library of Congress Wants to Hear From You! - Survey on the vision of the LoC
  • Mathematics and Primary Sources: Historic Codes, Ciphers, and Computational Thinking, Part I - Info

Other Resources:

New Accessible Lesson Plan: World War I and Disability

This lesson invites students to wonder about what life was like for disabled WWI veterans. The lesson provides materials and instructions for guiding students in analysis of primary source materials that include a song about shell shock, a cartoon contrasting wounded veterans with rich profiteers, Red Cross posters, and a photograph highlighting life-changing war injuries. The teacher will provide background information and guide the class in a read-aloud from the perspective of a soldier wounded in Italy from Ernest Hemingway’s “In Another Country.” At the lesson’s end, students can choose to dramatize the Bonus Army protest (group activity), write a 1-page diary entry as a disabled WWI veteran (individual), create a radio program interviewing veterans (with and without disabilities) highlighting the differences (group activity), or create Red Cross poster asking for donations to support disabled veterans (individual).  Download or access this and other lesson plans online. ********************************** History eNews welcomes YOUR news & events. Published most Wednesdays; deadline Monday noon. Archived at - Reply to to be removed from this list. Register for CES events. Teacher-created lessons, primary source sets, & assessments at: Follow Emerging America on Twitter and Facebook.  


Karen Albano

former History eNews Editor, Emerging America
Karen Albano worked with Emerging America from 2015-2020, contributing to many facets of the program including developing curriculum, improving the accessibility of the website to educators, overseeing social media outreach, and editing the History eNews.