Keeping It Current
For Grades 6–12
This Month in History: June
Extend your social studies instruction with informative and inspiring content from HMH®, The HISTORY Channel, and the Center for Civic Education. Each month we bring you videos, articles, and current events designed to build cultural awareness, media literacy, and a deeper understanding of significant historical figures and events.
Classroom Resources from HMH
Bernard J. Cigrand was a teacher who lived more than 100 years ago. He loved the American flag. He put it on his desk, where the children in his class could see it. He asked them to write about how the flag made them feel.
Cigrand and others wanted to have a national holiday to honor our flag. They worked for this idea for many years. At last, in 1949, the government made the holiday they wanted. June 14 became Flag Day.
You can see the flag in many places. Some people hang the flag on a flagpole. This is called flying the flag. People fly flags at home and at work. The flag flies at your school, too.
Sometimes, the flag flies halfway up the flagpole. This happens when someone important to our country has died. Flying the flag this way shows respect for the person.
The design of the United States Flag has changed over the years. On early flags, the number of both stars and stripes showed the number of states in the country.
Eventually, the nation grew to include too many states to show with stripes. If a stripe was added each time that a state joined the Union, the flag would look very different from its original design. The Star-Spangled Banner, the flag that inspired Francis Scott Key to write the poem that would become our National Anthem in 1814, was the only flag to have more than 13 stripes. It had 15 stripes, one stripe for each state in the Union at that time.
In 1818, Congress decided to go back to have 13 stripes to represent the original colonies, and to add a new star to the “constellation” for each state admitted to the Union. The last change to the flag occurred on July 4, 1960, when the fiftieth star was added to represent the state of Hawaii.
Resources from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Free Virtual Conference for Educators This Month
The 2023 Arthur and Rochelle Belfer National Conference for Educators is June 26–28 and will feature expert speakers and new sessions on instructional best practices for teaching about the Holocaust and addressing critical themes of confronting antisemitism and teaching with evidence. Discover how to use various classroom resources, find inspiration in new ideas, and connect with peers engaged in similar work across the United States and worldwide.
Classroom Resources from The HISTORY Channel
Observe Flag Day while inspiring students to become engaged citizens with original articles, short video clips, lesson plans, and activities from HISTORY.
Learn more about Flag Day (External link)From history.com, a short history on the origins of Flag Day.
Students Take Action
from the Center for Civic Education
The Students Take Action service-learning feature relates stories of students who have participated in the Center for Civic Education’s Project Citizen program, which encourages students to take part in state or local government and learn how to monitor and influence public policy. Help your students become active and engaged citizens in their own communities with these resources.
HMH In the News
Hmhinthenews.com is a great resource for elementary classrooms, with fun articles about what’s going on in the news. This website delivers age-appropriate current events stories about people, communities, the United States, and the world every month. Come back often for new stories, spotlight features, and polls.
HMH Current Events
Hmhcurrentevents.com enriches your secondary classroom with subject-specific information from world history, world geography, American history, economics, psychology, sociology, civics, government, and African American history. It also spotlights today’s headlines with activities, and web links.
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Keeping It Current For Grades 6–12
Each month we bring you videos, articles, and current events designed to build cultural awareness, media literacy, and a deeper understanding of significant historical figures and events.