Tax Time!


Here are three quotes appropriate for the month of April:

“In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”

“Why did the colonists fight the British?  Because of high taxes – taxation without representation.”

“When is the last day you can send in federal income tax forms?  April 15.”

The first was penned by Benjamin Franklin in 1789.  The second and third are among the 100 official questions and answers on the US citizenship exam. READ MORE

Mandela and King:
A Lesson for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day


Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King, Jr. never met and they lived at opposite ends of the world, but their paths of struggle for civil rights in South Africa and the United States intersect as two of the twentieth century’s most important achievements in advancing human rights and freedom.  As the holiday commemorating Dr. King approaches, it is a compelling time to consider the contributions of both of these extraordinary leaders.

A WebQuest

Here is an online research activity students can do to explore the lives and accomplishments of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Nelson Mandela.  Students can work on their own or with a partner or small group to find the answers to these questions and then share as a class.  Through this activity, they will discover some of the ways in which these two leaders had similar views and shared similar experiences during their remarkable lifetimes.  READ MORE

Virtual Field Trips for Civics & Citizenship with Voices of Freedom

Bill Bliss Bill Bliss

Virtual Field Trips for Civics & Citizenship with Voices of Freedom

My favorite days in public school were the field trips. From the moment our teachers handed us the permission slips to bring back with our parents’ signatures, I’d look forward to the chance to play hooky with classmates by boarding a bus for a visit to a local museum, the planetarium, an old historic site, city hall, or some other destination. Field trips offered experiences that couldn’t happen in the classroom, they sparked our curiosity and exploration, and they were fun.

So with the help of the Internet rather than school buses, one of my goals for the
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