Myths Debunked: 5 Widely Believed Tales about Historical Figures

| By Gale Staff | Although history is reliant on facts, many misconceptions exist about well-known historical figures. Did George Washington have wooden teeth? Did Einstein fail math? As historians look at the past with a critical eye, they’ve found proof to debunk common myths that evolved over time and are now widely accepted. Myths … 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

Celebrate the First Day of Winter in Your Classroom or Library

| By Gale Staff | As the days get shorter and temperatures drop, why not integrate the changing seasons into your lesson plans and library spaces? Each year in the northern hemisphere, two solstices occur—the Summer Solstice in June and the Winter Solstice in December. In the United States, the Winter Solstice typically lands on … Read more

Teach Your Students About the Evolution of Human Rights with Gale In Context

| By Gale Staff| Teaching high school students about human rights can be a challenge. Not only is the topic complicated, but it can also become controversial. However, introducing your students to human rights concepts helps them better understand the history and develop more informed opinions on current social issues. Encourage your students to research … Read more

Halloween History: Origins of Tricks and Treats

| By Gale Staff | Take Your Students on a Journey with Gale In Context Resources Classrooms in October are packed with fake cobwebs, snack-size candy bars, and other delightful Halloween decor and treats. For elementary school teachers, the last week in October is the perfect time to create fun Halloween lesson plans and activities … Read more

Students Use Digital Databases for Vaccine Research

| By K. Lee Lerner | Students are engaged when they write about topics in the news that affect them and their families. Yet, for the past two years, no topic has loomed larger in anyone’s lives than the virus SARS-CoV-2 and the global COVID-19 pandemic caused by the virus. From its many variants, including … Read more

Breaking Major League Baseball’s Color Barrier

The 75th Anniversary of Jackie Robinson | By Shirelle Phelps| On April 15, 1947, Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s long-standing color barrier when he debuted for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Since 2004, Major League Baseball (MLB) has celebrated this historic date annually. One way the MLB honors Robinson is by having all Major League players and on-field … Read more

Women’s History Month 2022: Wore Pants

| By Carol  Brennan | Welcome to another week in which we highlight a few of the thousands of intriguing biographical essays to be found in Gale In Context: Biography, an immensely rich and comprehensive resource for learners of (nearly) all ages. This week’s category of women who broke a few rules/talked back/failed to conform/cleared … Read more

Accessibility Features to Support All Students

| By Amy Wise, MLIS, Head Librarian, Grove City High School (OH) | As head librarian at Grove City High School in Ohio, my biggest priority is connecting students to high-quality, curriculum-aligned resources—like those offered through Gale In Context and in collections on Gale eBooks.   To better support the varying needs of students, including … Read more