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Creating a Student-Centered Social Studies Classroom Using Socratic Seminar

SSocratic Seminar is an instructional strategy that fosters authentic teaching and learning by addressing the Common Core in a way that promotes a meaningful relationship between student and text.

30 for 30: Sports Documentaries to Engage in Social History

Come learn about ways to integrate ESPN's documentary series "30 for 30" to teach about issues, trends, people, and events that transformed the national landscape over the last forty years.

Bayou Expedition: Elementary and Middle School Excursions through History/Culture

An 18th century Louisiana village provides an engaging backdrop for bringing CCSS to life for elementary and middle school students via collaboration between living history museum, university, and local schools.

Hit Songs Down the Ages: Using Music to Teach History

Make your classroom come alive with the sound of music. Music helps students learn world and U.S. history and helps teachers engage a class. Free resources provided. Bring your ears!

Migrants, Mothers, and Museums: The Great Depression on Exhibit

Three Teaching American History grant teachers share their research findings regarding a collection of Depression-era sources and creative ideas for using photographs, documents, and maps to create a classroom museum.

Captioning the Past: Museum Visits into Online Gallery Exhibits

Encourage your students to think critically about museum exhibits by using technology to create an online gallery of inquiry. Detailed lesson ideas and instructions for digital immigrants and natives.

How to Select and Frame Historical and Contemporary Controversies to Promote High-Quality Discussion

Discussions that promote powerful learning about public issues need to be focused on important questions that help students explore core concepts, weigh empirical evidence, and deliberate tensions among core values.

Preserving American Freedom: Primary Sources to Teach History and ELA

Preserving American Freedom, a new digital resource, explores U.S. history and civics through primary sources. Come learn how its design fosters teaching reading and writing in the social studies classroom.

Behavior in Historical Proportions! Applying Psychology to your Global Curriculum

Explore practical applications of psychology in your social studies classroom utilizing psychological principles and studies to enhance contextual understanding of historical events and personalities with insightful and engaging activities.

SLAM Dunk: Integrating Social Studies, Visual Arts and Common Core

Examine interrelated cultural issues in history and art using the Saint Louis Art Museum (SLAM) collection. Develop techniques for sharpening students' visual literacy skills through extended observation and interpretative exercises.


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