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http://www.labor-studies.org

WHAT: Just in time for Labor Day, check out this site sponsored by the nonprofit American Labor Studies Center. It suggests ways teachers of kindergarten through high school can integrate the story of workers in America into their curriculum.

BEST POINTS: This site offers teachers who may not know about the American labor movement a variety of resources. There are sample lessons on topics including child labor, sweatshops, and prominent strikes of the 20th century.

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The site also provides a time line, pictures, and biographies of noted labor leaders such as Samuel Gompers and C├ęsar Chavez. There are even lyrics from labor-organizing songs.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW: The board of directors of the American Labor Studies Center is composed of top union officials, so the site tends to have a pro-worker bent. But the content and proposed lessons are not presented in a biased manner.

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