Learning about Immigration and Ellis Island

| By Elizabeth Mohn | Political leaders, media personalities, and everyday Americans often designate the United States as a “nation of immigrants” because of the country’s long history of immigration, which has resulted in a multicultural and multiethnic country. Because immigration to the United States is a broad topic, teachers can help students learn by … Read more

4 Knowledge-Building Strategies for Literacy Development

| By Dr. Autumn Nabors | Essential for student success in school, career, and life, literacy development is a top priority for educators. Today’s great discussion, however, is whether current literacy instruction methods are failing our students. As schools focus more on reading comprehension, the study of subjects like science, history, and art has taken … Read more

Celebrating the Navajo Code Talkers

| By Elizabeth Mohn | Each November, Americans commemorate Native American history, culture, and contributions during Native American Heritage Month. This year, we would like to highlight the vital contributions of the Navajo code talkers. During World War II (1939–1945), this group of Navajo men helped the US military by creating a code based on … Read more

Banned Books Week: What Students Should Know

|By Elizabeth Mohn| Every September, the American Library Association (ALA) celebrates controversial books and people’s enjoyment of them during Banned Books Week. Usually held during the last full week of September,  Banned Books Week 2022 is September 18–24. The ALA began to commemorate Banned Books Week in the 1980s, when the organization noticed an increase … Read more

Inspiring Students on Earth Day 

|By Elizabeth Mohn| The best teaching inspires young people to think critically and become active in their communities. Celebrations like Earth Day give educators unique opportunities to encourage students to care about contemporary issues through education and exploration. Using Earth Day as an opportunity to teach students about environmentalism and environmental activists aligns with the … Read more

The Educational Value of “Dangerous” Comic Books

Explore the issue within Gale In Context: Opposing Viewpoints | By Durf Humphries | Gale In Context: Opposing Viewpoints recently updated the Book Banning portal with new content. However, restricting or banning books, including comic books, is nothing new. Since comic books began to gain popularity in the first half of the twentieth century, many … Read more

Understanding the Ukraine Crisis

| By Gale Staff | From Kyiv to Kharkiv to the seaport town of Odessa, the people of Ukraine are living on a battlefield. Millions of people, their homes, their businesses, their way of life destroyed or abandoned after Putin’s invasion in February 2022. The war in Ukraine began Europe’s first major war in decades, … Read more

Resources to Help Teens with Mental Health

| By Gale Staff | I was reading a recent Pew Research study about issues challenging teens today. Anxiety, depression, vaping of nicotine and marijuana, bullying, and cyberbullying are among the issues. According to data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, emergency visits for suspected suicide attempts in teens significantly increased during … Read more

Updated DISCovering Authors Content Added to Gale In Context: High School

| By Jason Everett | The K12 Gale In Context team has added enhancements to customer-favorite resources in Gale In Context: High School. We’ve updated 73 biographies and plot summaries from some of the most popular and highly searched literature content in Gale’s DISCovering Authors—including new Critical Thinking Questions and sidebars. Headings and subheadings have … Read more