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Current Events in Social Studies

With the number of state mandated teaching items growing, and often the school year shortened, how does a social studies teacher fit in current events? When are students given the chance to discuss and delve into the history that is being made today? Does it happen only when the current event “fits” with the subject of the day? When the students learned about the treatment of the Native Americans by the early colonists or the massacres during the Gilded Age, did they also discuss the current conflict at Standing Rock?

Thanksgiving Pilgrims

Chief Joseph

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As students study about colonization or immigration, do they realize that only the Native Americans are considered non-immigrants? Why did several of the original colonies forbid Catholics from settling on their lands? Why did that fear arise again in the 1928 and 1960 presidential elections? Why did Congress pass laws to close the doors to Chinese immigrants in 1882 and in 1924 to Japanese immigrants? Are there similarities with the current ban on immigrants from predominantly Islamic nations? What was/are the fears that bring about such exclusion? Should the First Amendment be ignored in order to keep people out of the U.S.?

Statue of Liberty Centenial


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The U.S. claims to be a peaceful nation, but when has it provoked a war? What brought on the Mexican-American War in 1845? Why did the U.S. go to war against Spain in 1898? Why did President LBJ authorize the use of force against North Vietnam? Do students know where the Korean peninsula is located? Why was it divided in half? Has the U.S. fought there before? Using those four examples of war, what did the U.S. gain or lose? Would another war in Korea benefit the U.S.?

Remember the Maine FDC

Korean War FDC

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eBooks! United States History and Texas History

The Battles of Lexington & Concord

James Madison

Sojourner Truth

Civil War Centennial First Day Issue

United States History 1607-1877

Set One – Colonies through Revolutionary War 1607-1783 – 13 Lessons


Set Two – New Government – New Nation 1783-1820 – 11 Lessons


Set Three – Pre Civil War 1820-1860 – 11 Lessons


Set Four – Civil War – Reconstruction 1860-1877 – 12 Lessons


Statue of Liberty First Day Issue

James Montgomery Flagg

FDR First Day Issue

Tear Down This Wall First Day Issue

United States History 1877-2001

Set Five – Gilded Age through Progressive Era 1877-1912 – 19 Lessons


Set Six – World War I through Roaring Twenties 1912-1933 - 10 Lessons


Set Seven – Great Depression through World War II 1933-1945 – 11 Lessons


Set Eight – Cold War and Civil Rights 1945-2001 – 19 Lessons


Texas History

Set Nine – Coronado through President G.W. Bush – 19 Lessons


Texas Reader – Including and Such As Texans – 20 Biographies of Texans


Each FDC Lessons eBook provides the teacher with warm up or review lessons including first day cover images as well as other primary sources as called for in the lesson. Each lesson is based on the students analyzing the images found on a first day cover (an envelope containing a commemorative stamp, appropriate postmark and artwork). The lessons provide the teacher with strategies to hook students on the topic of study, such as questions targeting the 5W/H as well as analyzing, generalizing, drawing inferences or conclusions, and cause and effect. Images can be projected onto a white board for whole class discussion or printed out for individual student work. Other primary sources (diary entries, letters, resolutions and excerpts from speeches) where appropriate may be included in the lesson, and each lesson has a concluding activity. The lessons can be a quick introduction to a fuller lesson all ready created by the teacher, or it can be a way to provide students with the images and facts needed to remember the history necessary to pass the state standardized tests. Lessons provide procedures, discussion questions, teacher notes, activities, Web sites, and one to four color reproductions of the first day covers. The eBooks are in pdf format. When purchased, each will be downloaded directly to your computer.