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Friday, March 10, 2917      
  How Much is an Education Worth? Statistics update Interesting Numbers
Wednesday, February 22, 2017      
  Tax Returns Made EZ updates to ready the lesson for tax year 2016 Main Events
Wednesday, January 6, 2016      
  Tax Returns Made EZ updates to ready the lesson for tax year 2015 Main Events
Sunday, March 8, 2015      
  saywhat-ccss2015.pdf This file contains the presentation I made at the 2015 California Council for the Social Studies annual meeting.  
Sunday, January 25, 2015      
  Tax Returns Made EZ updates to ready the lesson for tax year 2014 Main Events
  Building History Labs - a draft so far The first part of the book I'm writing, Building History Labs: U.S. History Lessons That Teach Critical Thinking and Other Citizenship Skills  
  Selection from The American Revolution (1976) What does the American Revolution look like when described in a Canadian textbook?  
Tuesday, March, 4, 2014      
  Tax Returns Made EZ updates to ready the lesson for tax year 2013 Main Events
Saturday, August 12, 2013 http://www.classroomtools.com/edcampsfbay2013.pdf The slides we discussed in the session I led at EdCampSFBay at Hillside High School in San Mateo on Saturday, August 10, 2013. I titled the session, "Saywhat?! Language, History and the Common Core" History
       
Sunday, March 10, 2013      
  Engaging U.S. History This PDF file contains the slides I presented to those attending the workshop I offered at the annual conference of the California Council for the Social Studies on March 9, 2013 in Burlingame, CA. History
Wednesday, January 16, 2013      
  Tax Returns Made EZ updates to ready the lesson for tax year 2012 Main Events
Monday, August 20, 2012      
  2nd Amendment History Lab Flowchart for the session I presented at EdCampSFBay on Saturday, August 18, 2012 The Right to Bear Arms
Saturday, July 21, 2012      
  When a person dies at the hands of a gunman, who most often pulls the trigger? statistics update Interesting Numbers
Saturday, May 5, 2012      
  http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/04/us/map-markings-offer-clues-to-lost-colony.html?_r=1 New York Times story on new findings that may shed light on the disappearance of the Roanoke Colonists in 1587. The Roanoke Mystery
  http://www.firstcolonyfoundation.org/news/british_museum_findings.pdf The British Museum report that is the subject of the New York Times story. The Roanoke Mystery
Friday, January 20, 2012      
  http://skepticalscience.com/ This site provides clear explanations of Climate Change science and rebuttals of deniers. Is it a fact that glaciers have been growing, not shrinking?
Wednesday, January 18, 2012      
  Nations of the world meet to discuss the future of the leap second On January 18, 2012, the New York Times reported that the nations of the world would meet on Thursday, January 19, to decide the fate of the leap second. How Long is a Second?
Thursday, January 12, 2012      
  Consuming Kids This documentary shows the lengths to which marketers go to manipulate even the youngest children in their effort to create lifelong customers. Riveting! Propaganda Resources on the Web
  Jeff Schrank's Perception: How We See This slide share presentation will open your eyes to show you how you create what you see. Propaganda Resources on the Web
  Jeff Schrank's Taste: Your Brain on Food Did you know that without your sense of smell, your sense of taste does not work properly? You'll learn that and so much more from this engaging slide share presentation. Propaganda Resources on the Web
Friday, January 6, 2012      
  Tax Returns Made EZ updates to ready the lesson for tax year 2011 Main Events
Tuesday, December 20, 2011      
  The Wonderful Future That Never Was: Flying Cars, Mail Delivery by Parachute, and Other Predictions from the Past Between 1903 and 1969, scientists and other experts made hundreds of predictions in Popular Mechanics magazine about what the future would hold. Their forecasts ranged from ruefully funny to eerily prescient and optimistically utopian. Here are the very best of them, culled from hundreds of articles, complete with the original, visually stunning retro art. They will capture the imagination of futurists in the same way Jules Verne's writing did a century earlier. Every chapter features an introduction by astrophysics professor, science-fiction author, and former NASA advisor Gregory Benford. Yesterday's Tomorrow
Sunday, August 28, 2011      
  Truth: What is It? Flowchart for a session I presented at EdCampSFBay Is that a Fact?
Monday, August 8, 2011      
  How Much is an Education Worth? Statistics update Interesting Numbers
Monday, July 25, 2011      
  Student Information Scavenger Hunt Use this activity at the beginning of a course to introduce students to each other, and to the idea that this class will require all students to participate and contribute. Main Events
Saturday, June 18, 2011      
  The Roanoke Mystery illustrates a key activity that makes up the professional lives of research historians - taking what often seem to be random bits of information found during research, and organizing them into a coherent story. Main Events
Wednesday, May 25, 2011      
  Hollywood Goes to War, 1914-1930 This one hour documentary, part 4 of Kevin Brownlow's Hollywood: A Celebration of the American Silent Film, is must viewing for all teachers and students. Propaganda Resources on the Web
Sunday, January 16, 2011      
  Tax Returns Made EZ updates to ready the lesson for tax year 2010 Main Events
Friday, August 27, 2010      
  https://docs.google.com/present/view?id=df2ntbv6_466c5kwfhgw A slideshow that answers the question, "What does one TRILLION dollars look like?" How Big is a Billion?
Wednesday, March 16, 2010      
  http://humanorigins.si.edu/evidence The Smithsonian Institution's web site presenting the evidence for human evolution. Evolution is Both a Theory and a Fact
Monday, January 4, 2010      
  Detecting Bull John McManus' multimedia book is must reading for those aspiring to become active, engaged, informed citizens in the digital age. Propaganda in the Classroom
Friday, January 1, 2010      
  Constitution Day for Teens A slide show illustrating the ways in which the Constitution affects all aspects of teen life. Government
Wednesday, December 30, 2009      
  Tweeting the 1787 Constitutional Convention Daily summaries based on James Madison's Notes History and Government
Monday, December 28, 2009      
  Tax Returns Made EZ updates to ready the lesson for tax year 2009 Main Events
Friday, December 4, 2009      
  Seven Answers to Climate Contrarian Nonsense Scientific American's John Rennie lays waste to the claims of Climate Skeptics. Glaciers have been growing, not shrinking
Monday, November 9, 2009      
  The Psychology of Climate Change Communication This guide, from Columbia University's Center for Research on Environmental Decisions, clearly shows us how to speak intelligently on climate change issues. Glaciers have been growing, not shrinking
Friday, November 6, 2009      
  John Allen Paulos on tabloid news headlines Find out how we can be led to make false inferences despite being given uncontested facts. An Uncritical Inference Test
Monday, October 5, 2009      
  Justice with Michael Sandel Justice, one of the most popular courses in Harvard’s history, aims to help viewers become more critically minded thinkers about the moral decisions we all face in our everyday lives. Tough Choices
Thursday, July 30, 2009      
  Yesterday's Tomorrow Some suggestions for ways to help your students begin to explore how tomorrow was envisioned at two points in the American past. Main Events
Thursday, May 28, 2009      
  You Are There Episodes of CBS Radio's famous 1940s series, saved by the Internet Archive. Eyewitness News
Friday, April 24, 2009      
  What Exactly is a Trillion? NPR's Planet Money Team puts this number into perspective. How Big is a Billion?
Thursday, April 2, 2009      
  24 Myths and Misconceptions About Evolution from New Scientist, April 18, 2008 Evolution is Both a Theory and a Fact
Saturday, March 7, 2009      
  How much did they make in 2008? Page showing 2008 income data added to the activity How Much Do They Make? How Much Do They Make?
  Jury Duty - a Teen on Trial for Murder Read the Tough Choices instructions for presenting these situations to your students, then use this particular situation to let your students explore the case at the center of the film 12 Angry Men. Tough Choices
Friday, February 27, 2009      
  Tax Returns Made EZ updates to ready the lesson for tax year 2008 Main Events
Monday, February 2, 2009      
  How Effective is Advertising? (answers) statistics update Propaganda in the Classroom
Tuesday, November 11, 2008      
  My Boy Jack and The Great War Additional resources for teaching about World War I Vinyl Records
Wednesday, October 1, 2008      
  How Much Do You Owe? statistics update - the Federal Debt surpasses $10 trillion for the first time. Interesting Numbers
  The State of the Nation's Finances A guide from the Peter G. Peterson Foundation How Much Do You Owe?
  The Top 100 American Speeches American Rhetoric's list from its online speech bank. Propaganda Resources on the Web
Friday, June 27, 2008      
  When one dies at the hand of a gunman, who most often pulls the trigger? statistics update Interesting Numbers
  The Right to Bear Arms  In a hotly contested 5-4 decision (District of Columbia v. Heller), the United States Supreme Court found yesterday that the 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution gives individuals the right to keep firearms. Is that a Fact?
Wednesday, May 28, 2008      
  Buying the War Bill Moyers' documentary explores how and why the major U.S. news media organizations proved so susceptible to government propaganda in the run-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq and its aftermath. At War with Iraq: the Propaganda Battles
Sunday, May 25, 2008      
  Unspun: Finding Facts in a World of Disinformation

This slender book (by Kathleen Hall Jamieson and Brooks Jackson) is an absolutely superb overview of the techniques used by political and commercial propagandists; as well as a guide to how one may deal with them so as to avoid manipulation.

FactCheckEd.org (the authors' web site for teachers and students) is also worth the time you'll spend examining it.

A Propaganda Bibliography
Friday, March 28, 2008      
  Tax Returns Made EZ updates to ready the lesson for tax year 2007 Main Events
Thursday, March 20, 2008      
  War Made Easy Norman Solomon's documentary film and book examine the propaganda used by U.S. politicians and news media to create popular support for the initiation and continuance of wars from Vietnam to those in Iraq and Afghanistan in the early 21st century.  You may also be interested in What is Propaganda?, a PDF slide show I created to use as an introduction to War Made Easy. A Propaganda Bibliography
Saturday, February 16, 2008      
  Symbols and the Subconscious This Adobe Acrobat PDF file contains a slide show designed to introduce students to the idea that advertisers use symbols to manipulate our wants. Why People Smoke
  Hidden in Plain Sight Part 2 of the slide show begun in the file above. Why People Smoke
Sunday, February 10, 2008      
  Hugh Rank's Persuasion Analysis site Hugh Rank was the first chair of the National Council Teachers of English's Committee on Public Doublespeak. His is a very rich site, chock full of information and teaching suggestions. Propaganda Resources on the Web
  NCTE Doublespeak Award Given annually as "an ironic tribute to public speakers who have perpetuated language that is grossly deceptive, evasive, euphemistic, confusing, or self-centered." Propaganda Resources on the Web
  NCTE Orwell Award Given annually to recognize "writers who have made outstanding contributions to the critical analysis of public discourse." Propaganda Resources on the Web
Saturday, January 5, 2008      
  No Smoking An hour from the Public Radio program To the Best of Our Knowledge on the role cigarettes play in our lives. Why People Smoke
Wednesday, January 2, 2008      
  How Much Do You Owe? statistics update Interesting Numbers
Monday, December 24, 2007      
  World Statistics Clock  Poodwaddle.com has created an absolutely fascinating page. There you can watch key measures of environmental and personal health spin before your eyes. The World in a Room
Wednesday, December 12, 2007      
  Arithmetic, Population and Energy Albert Bartlett, a retired professor of Physics from CU Boulder, has presented the talk captured in this video more than 1,600 times since 1969. His message is compelling. Double, Double Toil and Trouble: Real World J Curves
       
Friday, August 31, 2007      
  MeasuringWorth.com "Measuring worth is a complicated question." Find out how one goes about doing it. Your Inflationary $, How Much Is It Worth Today?
Thursday, August 16, 2007      
  Hans Rosling's Gapminder Watch the statistical, social and economic history of the world over the past 30 years or so come alive. For an overview that shows how to use the Gapminder materials, watch Rosling's 2006 TED conference presentation at YouTube. The World in a Room
Tuesday, May 15, 2007      
  The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial WGBH presents the L.A. Theatre Works play based on transcripts from the 1925 Scopes "Monkey Trial". Evolution is both a theory and a fact
Friday, April 20, 2007      
  There Is Climate Change Censorship - And It’s The Deniers Who Dish It Out George Monbiot's critical look at a key charge often leveled by Global Warming Skeptics. Glaciers have been growing, not shrinking
  World Population Balance Look at the effects of world population growth, and why we need to slow it. Double, Double Toil and Trouble
  The University Exchange Focus on Global Intelligence View a world population clock and much more. Double, Double Toil and Trouble
Saturday, April 14, 2007      
  Tax Returns Made EZ various updates to bring the lesson from 1999 to 2007 Main Events
Thursday, April 5, 2007      
  How Much Do You Owe? statistics update Interesting Numbers
Sunday, February 4, 2007      
  Alternative Uses for Iraq's Trillion John Allan Paulos looks at spending in Iraq At War with Iraq: the Propaganda Battles
Sunday, October 15, 2006      
  The Best War Ever Lies, Damn Lies and the Mess in Iraq.  Watch the YouTube video. At War with Iraq: the Propaganda Battles
Tuesday, October 10, 2006      
  Dictionary Day Activities October 16, Noah Webster's birthday, is celebrated each year by teachers with dictionaries. Is that a word?
Thursday, September 21, 2006      
  When one dies at the hand of a gunman, who most often pulls the trigger? statistics update Interesting Numbers
Tuesday, September 5, 2006      
  Food for Thought Help your students picture world food and energy distribution. The World in a Room
Saturday, September 2, 2006      
  How Much Do You Owe? statistics update Interesting Numbers
Wednesday, July 12, 2006      
  Pour Better or Pour Worse: How Beverages Stack Up What beverages do we in the U.S. consume, and what do they do to our health and weight? How Effective is Advertising?
Tuesday, May 9, 2006      
  How Many Words in English? Is the English language about to record its one millionth word? Is that a word?
Friday, March 24, 2006      
  Eyewitness News Turn your history students into TV news teams. Creative Uses for Texts
Tuesday, March 21, 2006      
  Time Too Good to Be True Physicist Daniel Kleppner's Physics Today column explores the future of the leap second and the physics of future advances in timekeeping technology. How Long is a Second?
  The Bath, Michigan School Disaster Despite what you may believe, the deadliest attack to take place at a school in the U.S. was not Columbine. How Safe are Schools?
Tuesday, January 31, 2006      
  How Much Do You Owe? statistics update Interesting Numbers
Tuesday, December 6, 2005      
  The History News Network
Its mission, "To expose politicians who misrepresent history. To point out bogus analogies. To deflate beguiling myths. To remind Americans of the irony of history. To put events in context. To remind us all of the complexity of history."
History
  Wikipedia a controversial, user-written Internet encyclopedia Reference Works
  the Free Dictionary   Reference Works
Sunday, October 16, 2005      
  Measuring the World: From Material to Ethereal a New York Times article on why we need updated standards of measurement How Long is a Second?
Monday, October 10, 2005      
  What is the most common crime committed in the U.S.? statistics update Interesting Numbers
Thursday, September 15, 2005      
  the Century of the Self This 2002 BBC documentary is a video history of the use of psychological insights in the development of 20th century propaganda. Propaganda Resources on the Web
Monday, September 12, 2005      
  Undoing Darwin Find out why Americans are so uninformed about evolution science. Evolution is both a theory and a fact
  Explore Climate Change Science   Glaciers have been growing, not shrinking
Friday, September 2, 2005      
  Constitution Day Lessons Prepare for September 17. Government
Thursday, August 18, 2005      
  James Randi's Encyclopedia of Claims, Frauds and Hoaxes of the Occult and Supernatural Mark Twain is often credited with saying, "A lie can make it halfway around the world before the truth gets its boots on."  In our mass-mediated age, that would have to become around the world several times.  Given our oft-demonstrated inability to identify such lies, works such as Randi's Encyclopedia are must reads for those of us hoping to stay grounded in reality. Links to Reference works
Sunday, July 31, 2005      
  Average Age Excel workbook update Averaging Ages
Sunday, July 24, 2005      
  Invention Timelines   The Change Game
Tuesday, July 12, 2005      
  Ease History Video Clips and Still Images from Twentieth and Early Twenty First Century U.S. History are here ready for use by students seeking to explore Presidential campaigns, major historical events, and core values. History
Friday, July 1, 2005      
  How Much Do You Owe? statistics update Interesting Numbers
Thursday, May 12, 2005      
  Glaciers have been growing, not shrinking. Are global warming proponents wrong? Is that a Fact?
Wednesday, April 27, 2005      
  Working-Well.org If you, or someone you know, suffers from or is trying to avoid chronic pain from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or some other Repetitive Strain Injury, take time to visit this site. Resources
Saturday, April 23, 2005      
  First Amendment Schools This site, a project of the First Amendment Center, provides resources for students and teachers wishing to understand, "teach and practice the civic principles and virtues vital to democracy, freedom and the common good." Government
Sunday, March 20, 2005      
  When a person dies at the hands of a gunman, who most often pulls the trigger? statistics update Interesting Numbers
Saturday, March 12, 2005      
  School Safety Facts How safe are students at school?  A statistics update. How Safe Are Schools?
Sunday, February 20, 2005      
  How Much Do You Owe? statistics update Interesting Numbers
Friday, January 14, 2005      
  Oh, What A Lovely War At long last, a cast recording of the 1963 musical play is available on CD. Vinyl Records
Saturday, December 25, 2004      
  Words at War Howard Blue's tale of  U.S. radio propaganda in the 1940s. A Propaganda Bibliography
Thursday, December 9, 2004      
  The Secret Sales Pitch Do advertisers use subliminal techniques?  If so, why?  Read what attorney August Bullock has to say.  I don't think you'll be disappointed. Sex and Death Among the Ice Cubes: Subliminal Messages in Ads
Saturday, November 20, 2004      
  Evolution is both a theory and a fact Why is it that only one third of Americans know that this statement is true? Is That A Fact?
Friday, October 15, 2004      
  How Much Do You Owe? statistics update Interesting Numbers
Thursday, August 19, 2004      
  Follow the race for November's magic 270 Electoral votes The votes that count in the US Presidential election are those in the Electoral College.  You and your students can now easily follow the race for that magic 270. Election resources
Wednesday, July 21, 2004      
  Math in the Media

"This site is designed to be used by middle school math teachers. The goal is to get students interested in math using 'real world examples;' things they can relate to easily."

Interesting Numbers on the Web
Sunday, July 18, 2004      
  Cartoons for the Classroom This web site is presented by the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists as a repository of ideas for classroom use.  Check it out! Cartoonist for a Day
Thursday, July 1, 2004      
  How Much Do You Owe? statistics update Interesting Numbers
Friday, May 14, 2004      
  The World in a Room calculator Use this Microsoft Excel workbook to help you illustrate statistics on world population distribution, language speakers, religious affiliation, and income and age distributions.  Instructions for using its calculations are at The World in a Room page. The World in a Room
Thursday, April 22, 2004      
  Poll shows Americans still hold misperceptions on Iraq and WMD   Propaganda Works!
  Understanding Evolution a UC Berkeley web site for teachers Scientific Illiteracy
  CAMY's Alcohol Ad Gallery CAMY (the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth) is also a good source of research to share with your students. Propaganda Resources on the Web
Thursday, April 1, 2004      
  First Choice 2004 Excellent materials designed to help you and your students explore the issues facing the country in this year's presidential election. Government
  The New York Times Learning Network - Election 2004 Lessons plans and resources from the New York Times. Government
Friday, March 12, 2004      
  Science News for Kids This site is designed as a resource for kids aged 9 to 14 – and their teachers and parents. Science News Sites
Thursday, January 8, 2004      
  FactCheck.org This site advertises itself as, 'a nonpartisan, nonprofit, "consumer advocate" for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics.'  As we begin a presidential election year, it may prove invaluable to thoughtful citizens. Propaganda Resources on the Web
Friday, January 2, 2004      
  How Much Do You Owe? statistics update - the US Federal debt rises above $7 trillion Interesting Numbers
Thursday, January 1, 2004      
  Scientific Ignorance Dooms Democracy George Dvorsky identifies some of the social and political consequences of scientific illiteracy in this engaging essay. Scientific Illiteracy
  Words of the Year, 2003 An annual list compiled by the editors of YourDictionary.com. If You Like Lists
  2004 Banished Word list The annual compendium of "Words Banished from the Queen's English for Mis-Use, Over-Use and General Uselessness" compiled by the kind folks at Lake Superior State University. If You Like Lists

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