Middle Level-Jr. High School
Bring on the games! This session provides opportunities to engage students with interactive gaming environments as non-fiction text, providing rich possibilities for civic literacy in a no-cost format.
Karon LeCompte, Baylor University, Waco, TX; Barbara Purdum-Cassidy, Baylor University, Waco, TX; Brooke Blevins, Baylor University, Waco, TX; Sunny Wells, Baylor University, Waco, TX
This presentation introduces a 6th grade curricular unit called One Hen to teach Economics with hands-on problem-based learning techniques to increase civic engagement.
Annie McMahon Whitlock, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
This session serves as a review NCSS Notable Trade Books, in which committee members present exemplars, as well as ideas for their use in the classroom. Ends with book raffle.
Gregory Imbur, Goshen College, Goshen, IN; Scott Waters, Emporia State University, Emporia, KS; Doug Selwyn, State University of New York at Plattsburgh, Plattsburgh, NY; Kristy Brugar, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Applying common core skills to colonial Dutch documents helps students develop a deep understanding of history. Participants will investigate Dutch influence on this countryâ€™s political, economic and cultural development.
Kristi Fragnoli, The College of St. Rose, Albany, NY; Julie Daniels, New York State Archives, Albany, NY; Jessica Maul, Shenendehowa Central School District, Clifton Park, NY
This interactive presentation will emphasize the use of reading, writing and critical thinking in History, utilizing the Document Based Question (DBQ), historical fiction and alignment to the Common Core Standards.
Don Azevada, Elk Grove Unified School District, Elk Grove, CA; Nolan French, Joseph Kerr Middles School (Elk Grove Unified School District), Elk Grove, CA
Discuss the development of critical thinking skills via art and the Visual Thinking Strategies methodology, and explore how this thinking routine benefits students' analysis of the past and present.
Suzi Fonda, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, MA; Sarah O'Leary, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, MA
Resource exploitation alienates us from our humanity and the world that sustains us. Engaging lessons explore how treating resources as disposable leads to treating workers as disposable, too.
Wendy Ewbank, Seattle Girls' School, Seattle, WA; Ben Wheeler, Explorer West Middle School, Seattle, WA
Images are the window into U.S. history. An envelope can hook students on history. By analyzing the stamp, postmark and artwork, students will remember documents, events and people.
Kris McIntosh, FDC Lessons, Ft. Worth, TX
The Instruction Community shares several "teacher-tested" best practice methods for delivering meaningful, active learning experiences to K-12 students, with special emphasis on differentiation and achievement in all social studies disciplines.
Janie Hubbard, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL; Joel Rothblatt, School for the Visual Arts and Humanities, Lost Angeles, CA; Melinda Staubs, Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, AL; Terry Cherry, Naaman Forest High School, Garland, TX; Matt Anderson, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV
Middle school students strongly prefer one-to-one discussion over teacher-led whole group discussion. If the dyads are carefully designed, citizenship skills and attitudes are enhanced while content knoweldge is deepened..
Jeff Passe, Towson University, Towson, MD; Rebecca Shargel, Towson University, Towson, MD