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Ripped Apart: A Civil War Mystery Game

Explore the National Museum of American History's game-based educational app, which invites players to immerse themselves in the 19th century by examining primary sources from mysterious characters from the past.

Remembering September 11: Student Projects Employing Inquiry and Technology

A diverse group of teachers share collaborative lessons encouraging students to critically analyze the events of 9/11. The technologically innovative lessons are based on Common Core and C3 Framework standards.

Raccoons in the Reichstag: Social Studies, STEM, and Student Engagement

Experience an interactive, interdisciplinary biodiversity and invasive species unit using geography, civics, and science to investigate how humans impact the physical environment and to generate student action on local policies.

Popular Vote v. Electoral College: Our Students Can Figure this Out

Teaching our students to think can be difficult, teaching them to question even more so. Socratic Seminars are a way for students to learn both skills while taking on important issues.

Inquiring Minds Want to Know

Your students want to be good writers. What's more, their writing should construct meaning, not create stress. Teach them the not-so-secret formula and make inquiry learning meaningful.

Greek Tragedy: Where Cultural Inquiry and Civic Learning Collide

Aeschylus' Orestia examines the birth of the jury system of Athens. Sophocles' Antigone looks at the tension between civic and religious obligations. Euripides' Medea studies the rights of immigrants and women.

Do You Know What Your Students Know? Moving beyond Assessments

Learn about using formative assessments in the social studies classroom. Receive several examples to assess what students know, which then drives your instructional practices.

Can We Make a PowerPoint? Structuring Student Research Projects

Many students, including those with learning disabilities or executive functioning difficulties, need explicit instruction to complete a research project. Explore strategies to structure the research and writing demands for success.
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A Hands-On Guide to Teaching with a Multidisciplinary Mindset

How do we create global problem-solvers? We must teach with an interdisciplinary mindset. Receive the necessary tools to get started creating an interdisciplinary unit.

Your Students Could be G.I.A.N.T.S.

This interactive session has it all: free curricular units, online assessments, interactive maps, instructional strategies, and digital textbooks that build geographic inquiry and historical thinking skills for middle school students.

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