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Middle Level-Jr. High School

Today's News, Tomorrow's History

Students have difficulty connecting history to what's happening in the world and their lives today. We'll show how to connect global news events to historical events and civilizations.

Teaching Civic Responsibility through Simulation Games

Civic simulation games are great media to engage students to learn about civic responsibility and democracy. Relevant theoretical perspectives, case studies, and pedagogies will be discussed in this session.

Creating Global Citizens through Current Events and Civil Discourse

Students engage in a literacy focused investigation by analyzing current civic, political, and economic issues to effectively participate in civil discourse and global citizenship.

iSTEM: Leveraging GIS to integrate STEM in the Social Studies

Discover how to merge STEM with the social sciences! Hook your students with geospatial technologies (GIS) and enhance traditional instruction. Topics include: crowdsourcing information, story maps, and ready-to-go lessons.

Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor--Empathy Through Experiential Education

History must become more than dead people and dates for children to grasp the importance of learning the past. This session will explore using experiential education to teach historical empathy.

Developing Creative Historical Thinking

Discover research-proven methods to incorporate 21st century skills of creativity, historical thinking, collaboration, and innovation in a middle school history classroom. Includes examples of student products, discussions and technology.

C3, Literacy Strategies & Learning Practices for Middle School World History

Cause/effect, compare/contrast, and problem-solving skills are emphasized in the C3 Framework and CORE ELA standards, and are applicable in world history instruction. Explore active learning strategies and practices used to teach them.

Every Civilization Needs GRAPES!

Explore civilizations through investigating the six components that make up a civilization. Using the GRAPES method, students will be able to construct and deconstruct civilizations from ANY time period!

Connecting Middle Schoolers to Morocco in an International School-Museum Collaboration

See how a school-museum collaboration connected middle schoolers in Michigan and Morocco to create an exhibit for their pre-teen peers and explore ideas for collaborating with museums in your community.

Collaboration Cubed: Combining Forces to Contextualize Curriculum Construction

Social studies teachers join forces with a teacher educator to create an authentic context for teacher candidates' instructional planning experiences and to gain fresh perspectives on existing middle school curriculum.


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