Middle Level-Jr. High School
Looking for excellent ideas for American history, world history, and other social studies classes? Join us for an exchange of innovative instructional strategies, creative activities, engaging projects, and more!
Michael Matera, University School of Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI; Chuck Taft, University School of Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI
The new Common Core Standards require that social studies classrooms take on a more dynamic role in literary instruction. This can be achieved through inquiry-based instruction in the middle grades.
David Kendrick, Madison County Middle School, Comer, GA; Steven Bilski, Madison County Middle School, Comer, GA; Molly Kendrick, Madison County Middle School, Comer, GA
Poster and video presentation of an integrated American History activity involving critical reading, research skills, writing, music and drama. The activity culminates with an original student written musical.
Lynn Granello, St. John's Episcopal School, Dallas, TX; LeAnne Wyatt, St. John's Episcopal School, Dallas, TX
Join museum educators from the National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum as they model activities and strategies for using art to teach Civil War history.
Suzannah Niepold, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC; Sally Otis, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC; Briana Zavadil White, National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC
Prepare K-12 students to become global citizens by discovering the EU! This session will provide free teaching resources, including ready-to-go lesson plans and games, helping integrate technology into the classroom.
Anna Brigevich, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
Working with a historical society, professional archeologists, and schools, this session provides a practical story as to how one might incorporate active archeological research into the curriculum.
Douglas Lare, East Stroudsburg University, East Stroudsburg, PA; Michael Gray, East Stroudsburg University, East Stroudsburg, PA
This dynamic session will examine unique ways for teachers to address visual literacy needs using digital resources. Handouts will be provided to all participants.
Stewart Waters, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN; William Russell, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL; Rebecca Roberts, Morristown High School, Morristown, TN
Session describes active-learning lessons that show how middle school students can use economics to better understand societies throughout world history. Many lessons are adaptable to high school use.
John LeFeber, Council for Economic Education, New York, NY
Explore relevant global connections in this interactive session. Learn engaging strategies, including examples from National Geographic's GEO program, which help students understand migration, energy geo-politics, and aspects of globalization.
Mark Bockenhauer, St. Norbert College, De Pere, WI; Janet Smith, Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, PA
This presentation reviews a social studies project in which students were called to create slam poems and images to address the question "What does it mean to be a 'citizen?'"
Nicholas Calamito, Robinson Secondary School, Fairfax, VA; Anthony Pellegrino, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA; Kristien Zenkov, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA