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NCSS 2013

The Smithsonian’s History of America in 101 Objects

Richard Kurin, the Smithsonian Institution’s Under Secretary for History, Art and Culture, offers a literary exhibition and history of the United States told through 101 treasures from the institution’s collections.

Teacher Created Concept/Skill Based Curriculum: Finding a Common Ground

Through Colorado's District Sample Curriculum Project, teachers from across the state have produced 670 K-12 curriculum samples based on the Colorado Academic Standards and the Common Core.

Living for the Future: Professionalizing Preservice Candidates

If social studies councils are to continue growing and prospering, the professionalization of pre-service teachers can lead to a renewed advocacy of social studies education.

Don't Lose the Forest between the Trees: Balancing Source Selection

Primary sources take many forms, and provide rich, varied perspectives on historical events. Learn how to build the best selection for a given event, maintaining balance between story and narrative.

"Who ARE These People?" Facilitating Cultural Understanding through Historical Inquiry

How do the practices and products of different groups reveal cultural values? Introducing students to historical methods enables them to formulate pertinent questions, conduct independent research, and communicate their findings.

Use of Google's NGRAM to Explore the Civil Rights Movement

The use of Google's Ngram will be explored to create word maps connected to the civil rights movement.

Music, TV and Film: Giving History a Modern Feel

Integrate Common Core expectations with music , film, and TV! This interactive session provides easy to implement, hands-on strategies for engaging secondary students in history. Handouts provided.

Virgin Territory: The Reintroduction of National History Day to Montana

After a 25-year hiatus, National History Day is back in Montana and survey results indicate the program is making an impact on students' experiences in the social studies classroom.

An Ecological Education: Interdisciplinarity in Social Studies

Social studies, by its very nature, demands an interdisciplinary approach. Likewise, ecological education thrives in cross-curricular settings. We will examine how we can integrate ecologically inspired approaches into social studies.

Out of Place and Finding Home: Curriculum on Bhutanese-Nepali Refugees

This lesson examines the quest for social and political rights by Bhutanese-Nepalis. Materials and activities help students examine why and how persons become displaced and how they rebuild their lives.


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