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Middle Level-Jr. High School

Let's Put Our Heads Together: Medieval Muslim-Christian-Jewish Exchanges

Most great medieval advancements came from an exchange of ideas across cultures and confessions. Islamic Spain and medieval Baghdad serve as the focus for this talk and the accompanying lesson.

A Fable, a Famine and a Finale: The Famine of 1315

Climate change is nothing new. This 2 day, ready-to-teach lesson students examine how Europe in the 1300's faced drastic climate change and how this change has affected our present.

Social Justice: The Power of a Home Visit

This presentation demonstrates how social studies educators, through the power of a home visit, can foster an environment, particularly for marginalized students, which incorporates the ideals of social justice.

Interactive Atlas: Making Annotated Maps that Showcase Inquiry

Using online atlas tools, students create maps illustrating history and demographic-based investigations; examples range from annotated maps of Civil War battles to maps analyzing GDP and life expectancy in Africa.

Common Core Reading Strategies for Students with Learning Disabilities

This interactive session will demonstrate how to use the Common Core ELA/Literacy Standards to engage all learners in the middle school social studies classroom. Handouts will be provided.

Character Interpretation: Bring History to Life in Your Classroom

Interact with Thomas Jefferson, Napoleon, and Maria Cosway. Learn from Colonial Williamsburg's interpreters as they share ideas and resources that will enable you to introduce character interpretation into your classroom.

Engagement and the Gamer Generation

Gladiators, Socializers, Achievers, and Explorers- Engaging all learners in a Gamified classroom

Thoughtful Student Questions Reap Rich Results

Students need help formulating effective search questions to inform their study. Let's explore techniques and strategies for success from the Right Question Institute, Information Fluency, Common Sense Media, and others.

Social Studies Model Curriculum

Fifty-five Missouri educators have developed a Model Curriculum in social studies, which includes the four major content areas of economics, geography, government, and history--both world and U.S. The major goal behind the units is to give districts models they can use when revising their social studies curriculum. This presentation will explain the process and components to the curriculum. The units are aligned with the Grade-Level and Course-Level Expectations and with the English Language Arts Literacy Standards for social studies. The units are being revised based on feedback from teachers who piloted them. The units can be used in their entirety or parts can be adapted to existing curriculum.

Giddy Up! Gettin' Up, Gettin' Movin' with Social Studies

2013 Outstanding Middle Level Social Studies Teacher of the Year Award Recipient
Join this session to experience varied instructional strategies in a Westward Expansion lesson that will "git" your students moving and active. Challenge their critical thinking, interpret primary source documents and then let their creativity flow. A hands-on session!


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