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Historical Thinking Using Film

Cinematic recreations of the past are ubiquitous in our media-saturated culture. Explore ways to use film to scaffold students' historical thinking and help them develop critical media literacy skills.

A Man and a Word: Raphael Lemkin and Genocide

While the word genocide is, sadly, widely used, not many people realize that it is the creation of one man. Learn the history of the word and the man.

The Student as Historian: an Authentic Investigation of the Past

Deepen students' experience by guiding them through an authentic historical investigation. Students form hypotheses, gather information, evaluate sources, form arguments, conduct analysis, and share their findings, just like historians.

More than a Reflection in the Mirror! Thematic U.S. History

Thematic based units within an interdisciplinary U.S. History and American Literature class has provided marginalized students with a relevant and thought provoking curriculum intended to strengthen minds with critical thinking.

U.S. Labor Protests and the Bisbee Deportation of 1917

Use primary sources in practical interactive lessons integrating historical inquiry and spatial thinking to have students explore connections between current labor protests and those during the early 20th century.

Ditching the Textbook: Teaching US History 1:1

In 2012, Lincoln High School made the "textless transition" with an entirely digital curriculum for US History. This session will discuss the pros and cons of that transition.

Creating DBQs Using Free Library of Congress Resources

Participants will explore Library of Congress, Primary Source Sets to create meaningful historical inquiry lessons, such as Document Based Questions (DBQs) that will reach students at all learning levels.

Analysis of Two US History Textbooks: Teachers Developing Minority Portrayals

Two secondary US history texts were examined for the depiction of African Americans and Latinos. Teachers will be provided with strategies aimed at improving minority portrayals in their instruction.

Connecting Cultures: When Students are the Teachers

With enthusiasm and 21st century communication skills, students of the Preserve America Youth Summits have expanded the relevance of historic properties in our schools and communities, and made a difference!

Opening the Curricular Window: Indigenous Experiences, Primary Sources, and Inquiry

Primary sources advance social justice and curricular depth, if they support relevance, respect, and reciprocity. These tenets can also guide responsive connection to Indigenous experience within inquiry and digital learning.

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