pbsthisdayinhistory:

October 20, 1947: Congress Investigates Communists in Hollywood
On this day in 1947, the House Un-American Activities Committee of the U.S. Congress began investigating Communist presence and influence in Hollywood. This investigation, led by Senator Joseph McCarthy, marked the beginning of height of the Red Scare. Conservative U.S. officials worked to oust communists in the government as well as in the movie industry, which was known to be exceptionally liberal.
In addition to hearings and investigations, Congress also pressured Hollywood establishments to create a blacklist policy, which banned the work of screenwriters, actors and directors who were not cleared by HUAC.
Learn how McCarthyism affected Hollywood with American Masters.
Photo: Investigators viewing communist evidence from Hollywood (Library of Congress)

pbsthisdayinhistory:

October 20, 1947: Congress Investigates Communists in Hollywood

On this day in 1947, the House Un-American Activities Committee of the U.S. Congress began investigating Communist presence and influence in Hollywood. This investigation, led by Senator Joseph McCarthy, marked the beginning of height of the Red Scare. Conservative U.S. officials worked to oust communists in the government as well as in the movie industry, which was known to be exceptionally liberal.

In addition to hearings and investigations, Congress also pressured Hollywood establishments to create a blacklist policy, which banned the work of screenwriters, actors and directors who were not cleared by HUAC.

Learn how McCarthyism affected Hollywood with American Masters.

Photo: Investigators viewing communist evidence from Hollywood (Library of Congress)

communism mccarthy red scare cold war ah2 mccarthyism

"I believe that education is the civil rights issue of our generation. And if you care about promoting opportunity and reducing inequality, the classroom is the place to start. Great teaching is about so much more than education; it is a daily fight for social justice."
- Secretary Arne Duncan (October 9, 2009)

quote classroom quote social justice arne duncan education teaching

Teaching Resources

giraffeteacher:

Hello out there! I’m currently studying Sociology and Africana Studies while working towards 9-12 teaching licensure for social studies! I am student teaching in the spring semester of 2015 (and then graduating)! This is a list of awesome sources that have been tremendously helpful to me. Please reblog and add sources; this list is by no means exhaustive! I hope you find this helpful (especially when lesson planning!). I also really love maps, so if you find a cool resource for me, let me know!! xx

Online Resources

Adobe Education Exchange ”Free, on-demand professional development”

American Advertising 1850-1920 (Duke University) Graphics, Timeline

American History From Revolution to Reconstruction and Beyond (University of Groningen) Outlines, Biographies, Documents, Essays

American History Museum (Smithsonian)

American Memory Project (Library of Congress) *see collections that were once apart of this project here

Annenberg Classroom ”Resources for Excellent Civics Education”

American Rhetoric Online Speech Bank

Be More Mission: “To inform change agents how “race” and disparities based on this construct are created, and inspire them to change systems that sustain injustices based on this construct.”

Big History Project "13.8 billion years of history told through engaging videos, animations, articles, and classroom activities targeting middle and high school students" (thank you, rosecityqueen!) Comparing Maps

Big Think ”A continuous learning platform curated by top thought leaders to enhance your organizations’s learning culture.” Meritocracy, The War on Drugs

Bill of Rights Institute Free Lesson Plans

Bio.com On this Day See the History and Culture Section and sign up to receive their free newsletter!

Blendspace "Create lessons in five minutes!" (thank you, rosecityqueen!)

Bureau of Labor Statistics Tons of stuff here - useful for Civics and Economics (i.e. current unemployment rate and trends)

Census Data

Center for American Progress Education; Progress 2050

Center for Disease Control

Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice

Central Intelligence Agency

The Choices Program (thank you, rosecityqueen!)

ChronoZoom ”An educational tool for teachers and students who want to put historical events in perspective” (thank you, rosecityqueen!)

(American) Civil War

Classroom Organization Tips

Classroom Posters

Code Switch (NPR)

College Board (search for Teacher Resources) 

Colorlines ”News for Action”

Cooper Center (University of Virginia) The Racial Dot Map Project

Cracking the Codes (A Film by Shakti Butler)

Crash Course

Creating History "History for the rest of us."

Digital History (University of Houston)

Digital Public Library of America

Docs Teach (National Archives) (thank you, rosecityqueen!)

Economic and Social Statistics by Country (through UNICEF, or United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund)

Edmodo

Edutopia Professional Development, Project-Based Learning (PBL), High School, Digital Teaching Portfolio, Classroom Management Resources, ClosingTravel Journals (Student-Made Textbooks), Assessment, Powerful Questions to Ask, "Women’s History Month"5 Ways to Give Your Students More Voice and Choice, 9 Ways to Plan Transformational Lessons: Planning the Best Curriculum Unit Ever - I love Edutopia! 

The Everyday Sexism Project "Exists to catalog instances of sexism experienced by women on a day to day basis”

Facing History and Ourselves Resource Collections; Lessons and Units; Library Resources; VideosBuilding a Toolbox for Difference; Teaching Strategies: Journals; Four Corners; Gallery Walk; Graffiti Boards; Jigsaw - I love this site!

Fakebook

Federal Registry for Educational Excellence 

Fifty Core Documents that tell America’s History

First Amendment Schools First Amendment 101; Lesson Plans

Freedom Forum Programs

Gallup Polls

General Social Survey (GSS)

Geography Resources from the United States Geological Survey (USGS)

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

Global Nonviolent Action Database

Historical Weather (Weather Underground)

History.com This Day in History (You can get this in a daily email - I do and I love it!)

History In An Hour Buy the Audiobooks Here

How do you teach the Civil Rights Movement?

IndexMundi "Home of the Internet’s most complete country profiles”

Internet Modern History Sourcebook (Fordham University)

Landmark Cases of the U.S. Supreme Court (Street Law)

Latino USA (NPR)

Lean In

Learn NC (UNC School of Education)

Legislative Resources for Teachers (Library of Congress) (thank you, rosecityqueen!)

Live Binders ”Organize Your Resources in an Online Binder”

Making Whiteness Visible

The MicroAgressions Project

Miller Center (University of Virginia)

Miss Representation Pay to Watch Here, Curriculum; Look at these awesome infographics, tools, and statistics! See Also: The Mask You Live In

The National Center for Fair and Open Testing

National Council for History Education About Membership

National Geographic: Education (MAPS!)

National History Education Clearinghouse (TeachingHistory.org) High School, Teaching English Language Learners, Using Primary Sources, Using Teaching Strategies - I love this site!

National Opinion Research Center

Networking for Professionals (LinkedIn)

Pew Research Center  Fact Tank: News in the Numbers, Social Trends: Interactives

Presidential (U.S.) Campaign Commercials (thank you, jenniepenni!)

Prezi ”Create zooming presentations that make you more engaging and memorable”

(Finding) Primary Sources

Project Implicit

Policy Jargon Decoder 

Politifact: Fact-Checking U.S. Politics

Race: Are We So Different? American Anthropolgical Association

Race: The Power of An Illusion (PBS)

The Race Card Project

Racial Equity Tools

Reading Like A Historian Lesson Plans (Stanford History Education Group) this is my favorite thing ever

ReadWriteThink

Rethinking Schools

The Root ”Black News, Opinion, Politics, and Culture”

Rural Poverty Portal 

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (New York Public Library)

Smithsonian Educator Resources

Smithsonian Source findprimary sources

Social Justice League How to be a Fan of Problematic Things

The Sociological Cinema 

Street Law: A Course in Practical Law

Stuff You Missed in History Class Podcasts

Teaching American History

Teaching Channel

Teaching For Change Teaching About Ferguson

Teaching Tolerance Build Literacy-Based, Anti-Bias Learning Plans Here!!!

Ted Talks How Economic Inequality Harms Societies; The Danger of Silence; Unlock the Intelligence, Passion, Greatness of Girls; The Pursuit of Justice (Playlist - 8 talks)

TED - Education

Think Progress

Today’s Meet

US Supreme Court Center

Voices of Democracy: The U.S. Oratory Project (University of Maryland)

Whiteness Project

Zinn Education Project Teaching Materials; FAQ (other resources listed here)



Blogs

To Engage Them All

Rethinking Schools Blog

From Teachers Pay Teachers

this really cool classroom organizer

Other

- Obama on Social Mobility/Economic Inequality

- More Prison Doesn’t Mean More Crime (for more on mass incarceration, search “mass incarceration”)

Empowering Girls

Because I am a Girl

Girl Effect

Girl Rising

Girl Up

Malala Fund

Smart Girls at the Party

Women Thrive

resources teaching resources the list history teaching sociology education teacher lesson planning

Just ask.

probabilitiesofcircumstance:

hithertokt:

Written on the board for today’s bell-ringer was simply this: How are you doing? I really want to know. Every single student wrote continually until I asked them to put pencils down and someone in every class commented, “I don’t remember the last time someone genuinely asked me how I’m doing…”

I make a concerted effort to use this as a journal prompt about every six-ish weeks.

One of my most influential teachers when I was in high school would have us write her a letter about how life was going outside of class every once in a while. She would write every student a letter back, responding with advice and words of celebration/encouragement/things we needed to hear. I remember how much that meant to me.

So, yes. Care about the people in your classrooms. They’re people, not just students.

writing writing prompt journal journal prompt

socimages:

It’s Love Your Body day!  
Below is a Hall of Fame and a Hall of Shame.  The second set of posts reveal just what we’re up against, but the first set is a salve, a celebration of all of our beautifully diverse and interesting bodies.
You choose what will amp you up today, but don’t miss this year’s SocImages Pick: Rachel Wiley offers 10 Honest Thoughts About Being Loved by a Skinny Boy.
The Hall of Fame
Disability
American Able: Challenging Depictions of People with Disabilities
Disabled Bodies and Ableist Acceptance
Is Walking Over-Rated?
Body Types
10 Honest Thoughts About Being Loved by a Skinny B0y
A Fashion Advice Counterfactual
The Privilege of Assuming Its Not About You
Louis C.K. on Assortative Mating
The Story of My Man Boobs
Shed Your Weight Problem
Fat People Can Be As Healthy As Thin People
Imaging Barbie’s Fantastic Proportions
All Fruit is Sweet
Glamour Uses “Plus-Sized” Models, and People Love It!
Reclaiming the “Before” Body (NSFW)
Rebellyon
Defining Fat
Kjerstin Gruys on The Colbert Report and a Year of No Mirrors
Re-imagining Barbie: Villain or Victim?
Gender
Men Throwing Like a Girl: Separating Nature from Nurture
Half-Drag Portraits and the Performance of Gender
What Makes a Body Obscene?
Do Cartoons Have to Exaggerate Gender Difference?
Breasts, Chests, and Double Standards
Resistance to Objectifying Advertising
Men’s and Women’s Ideal Female Bodies
The Relationship Between Sex Appeal and Sexual Objectification
How Vulvas Vary (NSFW)
Normalizing Normal Breasts (NSFW)
Nudes, Then and Now
Race/Ethnicity/Color
Dark Girls: Race, Beauty, and Bias
Race and the Problem with Measuring Beauty Objectively
Indian Americans Respond to Skin Whitening
Kids’ Thoughts about Skin Color and Beauty

Beauty

The Illusionists
An Argument for the Total Irrelevance of Beauty
Parody of Beauty Product Ads


The Hall of Shame
Body Types
Jell-O Promises Decadence, Delivers Coercive Dieting
Re-Touching the Consequences of Extreme Thinness
Novels About Non-Thin Women Put Thin Women on their Covers
How To Undermine a Body-Acceptance Message
From K-Fed to K-Fat: Policing the Bodies of Male Celebrities
The Jennifer Love Hewitt Bikini Controversy
Conflating Fat with Unhealthy
Zappos: Fits For Every Body Type… or Something
The Hierarchy of Race and Size in a Dove Ad
Shame & Pity: Headless Obesity vs. Pitiful Starvation
New Obesity Campaign Rife with Fat Shaming
The Marilyn Meme
100% of Your Body Fat Should Be In Your Boobs
Hair
Gillette, Stymied by Beards, Heads South
The U.S. Army Releases Racially Biased Hairstyle Regulations
(Hairy) Ball Bashing
Your Hairy Legs Could Be Mass Murderers Even Now
“Normal” vs “Abnormal” Hair and Skin
PETA Attacks Pubic Hair

Race/Ethnicity/Color
Gingerism
Lightness as Symbolic Capital: Fair Skin in Marital Ads
Multinational Corporations and the Cultivation of Colorism
“Normal” vs “Abnormal” Hair and Skin
The Hierarchy of Race and Size in a Dove Ad
Apparently We Need to Dye Women’s Genitals Pinker
Gender

Are You Working Hard Enough to Achieve Your Natural Body?
KY Mocks Women’s Lust and Men’s Bodies
Wrinkle-Washed: Female Faces in Film Marketing
On the Sexualized Insult (Not for the Faint of Heart)
“I Hate Your Friend, so I Stuck My Dick in Her Water Bottle”
Wrinkle-Washed: Female Faces in Film Marketing
1950s Beauty Pageant Judging Guidelines
Women’s Parts as Urinals and Sinks
Hands and the Gender Binary
Women as Food
How Ratings Boards are Driving Genital Cosmetic Surgery
Dozens of Products Made to Look Like Boobs
Keeping “It” Lady-Like: Avoiding Camel Toe
An Entitlement to Female Beauty: Criticism of Female Body Builders
Sexual Dimorphism and World of Warcraft
Sexy According to Victoria’s Secret
Your Ass: A Very Important Thing on Your Wedding Day
Behind the Perfect Body:  Models and Body Builders (pictured)
Transsexuality
Media Depictions of Trans-People as Bodies Only
How Not to Personify the Opposing Team
Why Male Pregnancy Matters
Heightism
Heightism in Advertising
Height Norms and Framing the Shot
Perceptions of Tall and Short Men
Heightist Hooters Ad
Gender and Heightism
Disability
Diabetes and Mental Disability on “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”
Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College and the co-author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

socimages:

It’s Love Your Body day!  

Below is a Hall of Fame and a Hall of Shame.  The second set of posts reveal just what we’re up against, but the first set is a salve, a celebration of all of our beautifully diverse and interesting bodies.

You choose what will amp you up today, but don’t miss this year’s SocImages Pick: Rachel Wiley offers 10 Honest Thoughts About Being Loved by a Skinny Boy.

The Hall of Fame

Disability
Body Types
Gender
Race/Ethnicity/Color

The Hall of Shame

Body Types
Hair
Transsexuality
Heightism
Disability

Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College and the co-author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

resources sociology