Who's In Charge?

Who's In Charge?

What would your life be like if you were ruled by someone who didn't follow the rules or made up their own rules? Here's your chance to find out!
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A Different Kind of BattleField

A Different Kind of BattleField

From World War I

In the early years of WWI, army recruiters mined soccer games and rugby matches for recruits. According to historian Adam Hochschild, soccer games “proved the single best venue for recruiters.” Arriving spectators would see recruiters wearing sandwich boards bearing the message, “Your Country Needs You.” The game would start with a patriotic speech. Players often stepped forward to enlist, and fans quickly followed their lead.

My World

My World

From Global Citizenship

Through the “My World” Survey, people can identify which of the 17 SDGs matter most to them. At www.myworld2030.org, you can take the survey and select six SDG priority areas. You can also view results by country to see what people care about across the globe.

Make Your Own Gordian Knot

Make Your Own Gordian Knot

From The Silk Road

One legend says Alexander conquered Asia by solving the puzzle of the Gordian Knot. According to a prophecy, whoever untied this endless knot would rule the continent. Alexander took the direct approach—he cut the knot open with his sword. Today, a “Gordian knot” means an unsolvable problem. No one knows exactly what the Gordian Knot looked like. But you can make a knot called a Turk’s Head appear “endless” by joining the ends after it’s...

Make a Culture Collage

Make a Culture Collage

From The Renaissance Thinkers

We use the term Renaissance to define the years in Europe from the 1300s through the 1600s. Is there one word or phrase that defines the era we live in right now? Let’s make a Culture Collage and see if we can find one.



“This is a complete and thorough resource dealing with basic civic principles for the middle-level social- studies classroom.”

Michael Yell, National Board Certified middle school social studies teacher, high school history teacher
“With its lively writing, investigations, role playing, and QR codes, Civic Unrest will have students immersing themselves in an exploration of ideas, events, and questions. This is social studies.”

 Jillian Engstrom, High school history teacher
Civic Unrest is a valuable tool for educators striving to support socially conscious students. Its well-rounded perspective covers many of history's most important civil movements from all over the world, including current events. Civic Unrest is meeting the need for texts that create authentic learning about topics that really matter, in the classroom.”

Corey Joyce, 8th grade teacher
Civic Unrest: Investigate the Struggle for Social Change is an excellent overview of the historical and contemporary issues surrounding citizen driven advocacy for change throughout the world.”

Shea Territo,13 years old, Parents of the Revolution
“As a child who is experienced on the subject of civic disobedience, I feel Civic Unrest is a great way for other kids to learn how to fight for their rights. It also has given me a fresh reminder of what has happened in the past, and what is happening in our world today.”

Detailed Book Description

From the American Revolution to the French Revolution, from the Civil Rights era in the United States to Arab Spring in the Middle East, the ongoing battle for freedom and democracy is a profound and fascinating study of the power of human will to change the world. And the story of civic unrest doesn't end with a promise. The revolution doesn't simply stop when protesters go home. Rebuilding, reorganizing, writing a constitution, and establishing new governments are all major milestones on the pathway to democracy.

Civic Unrest: Investigate the Struggle for Social Change examines both the history behind civic unrest and the methods people use to fight for basic human rights, such as freedom of speech and the right to vote. Civic Unrest also offers young readers the opportunity to learn about democracy and the structure of the U.S. government, the text and meaning of the U.S. Constitution, and how these elements were decided upon by the Founding Fathers. Student-driven activities, including interpreting data and debating issues, enrich learning and encourage immersion in the complex yet hopeful subject of civic unrest.

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Hardcover, $22.95
Paperback, $17.95
Includes: Table of Contents | Timeline | Charts | Maps | Glossary | Resources | Index
Specs: 8 x 10 size | 4-color interior | 128 pages
Subject: Social Studies
Content Focus: World History



What Is Civic Unrest?

Chapter 1
Democracy in the United States

Chapter 2
Vive la Revolution!

Chapter 3
The Global Struggle for Democracy

Chapter 4
Civil Rights in America

Chapter 5
Human Rights Around the World

Chapter 6
Technology and Democracy