Category: Social Studies

Grade 11

Should You Care What Your Parents Think

The article discusses the psychology behind forbidden desires, focusing on reactance theory and the social network effect. Reactance theory explains our urge to do the exact thing we’ve been warned against when our freedom is threatened, while the social network effect suggests that the long-term success of romantic relationships is influenced by the approval or disapproval of friends and family. The article concludes by highlighting the importance of understanding the balance between the need for independence and the need for social approval in human behavior.

Grade 10

The Sibling Rivalry That Divided A Town

The article discusses a feud between two brothers in a German town that divided the entire community. The article then explores the minimal group paradigm, a psychological experiment that shows how even arbitrary group distinctions can lead to in-group bias and conflict. The findings suggest that people use group membership to form their sense of identity, which can lead to favoritism towards their own group. The article concludes by emphasizing the importance of inclusivity in order to overcome these biases.


Mao Zedong’s Infamous Mango Cult

In 1968, Chairman Mao Zedong gifted factories across China with fresh mangoes, leading to a frenzy of speculation and rituals surrounding the fruit. However, this seemingly harmless gesture was actually a propaganda tool during the Cultural Revolution, a dark period of violence and repression in Chinese history. The mango fever eventually faded, but discussion of the Cultural Revolution remains restricted in China today.


What Is Juneteenth And Why Is It Important

The article tells the story of Charlotte Brooks, a young enslaved woman who learned about the abolition of slavery and bravely proclaimed her freedom, escaping with her daughter. It provides a brief overview of the history of slavery in the United States, the abolitionist movement, and the significance of Juneteenth as a celebration of emancipation.

Grade 10

One Of The Most Dangerous Men In American History

David Walker, a free Black man in the 19th century, stitched a pamphlet titled “Appeal to the Colored Citizens of the World” into the lining of a sailor’s coat and smuggled it throughout the United States. The pamphlet, which advocated for the liberation of enslaved Black Americans and connected American abolitionism with global movements for Black liberation, was considered one of the most dangerous documents in American history and inspired future leaders in the Black resistance movement.

Grade 6

6 Myths About The Middle Ages That Everyone Believes

The article debunks common myths and misconceptions about medieval Europe. It explains that medieval people were not ignorant or uneducated, they had methods for preserving food and practiced hygiene, and many supposedly medieval torture devices were actually more recent inventions. The article also discusses how perceptions of the Middle Ages have varied throughout history.

Grade 10

Why Were There Three Popes At The Same Time

The article discusses the unique situation in the late 14th century when there were three popes. The origins of this predicament can be traced back to conflicts between the Church and the French monarchy. The schism lasted for 39 years until the Council of Constance in 1417, when a new Pope was elected and the schism was finally resolved.

Social Studies

The history of the world according to cats

This lesson discusses the domestication of cats, tracing their relationship with humans from the Neolithic era in the Fezzan region of Libya to their current status as pets today. It explains how cats were used to help control pests in storage pits and silos, and how they were revered by Egyptian culture, as well as how they were later adopted by seafarers in the Middle Ages and eventually transported to the Americas and Australia.

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