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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.

How to Maintain Curriculum Currency in a Constantly-Changing World

Sample lesson plans integrating traditional literature, social media, online collaborative and content-curating tools help teachers meet the challenges of currency and student engagement by examining today’s democracy movements in the Middle East and North Africa.

Teaching Historical, Geographical, and Environmental Perspectives on Climate Change

Controversial topics offer opportunities to integrate multiple aspects of social studies. Incorporate assessment of natural systems and human choices in history with analysis and civic engagement to discuss climate change.

Using Digital Geo-Tools to Teach Disciplinary Literacy in Social Studies

Attendees will explore three ways of encouraging disciplinary literacy using readily accessible geospatial tools. Attendees will use these tools to develop projects with connections to Common Core Standards for literacy.


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