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U.S. History

Social Studies Model Curriculum

Fifty-five Missouri educators have developed a Model Curriculum in social studies, which includes the four major content areas of economics, geography, government, and history--both world and U.S. The major goal behind the units is to give districts models they can use when revising their social studies curriculum. This presentation will explain the process and components to the curriculum. The units are aligned with the Grade-Level and Course-Level Expectations and with the English Language Arts Literacy Standards for social studies. The units are being revised based on feedback from teachers who piloted them. The units can be used in their entirety or parts can be adapted to existing curriculum.

Voices of Vegas Oral History Project

2012 Christa McAuliffe Reach for the Stars Award Recipient
n the "Voices of Vegas" oral history project, students will document and publish longtime Las Vegas area residents' stories, helping to build a sense of community. Participants will learn how to successfully implement their own oral history projects to include Common Core alignment, utlizing social history, teacher and community collaboration, and fostering student presentation skills.

Interpreting the Past, Interpreting Themselves? Inviting Young People to Relate their own Lives to History

2013 NCSS Larry Metcalf Exemplary Dissertation Award Recipient
Teens are developmentally primed to explore their own identities and values. How might educators harness that interest and use it to promote students' historical engagement and understanding? The presenter will share her findings on how young people relate their lives to the past and discuss an exciting new online learning project that builds on this research.

JFK at 50: An Annotated Bibliography with Lessons

Take a fresh look at the JFK assassination and receive an exhaustive annotated bibliography on the subject. Classroom-tested lessons are provided, with discussion.

The Kennedy Assassination: A Living History with Journalist Bob Huffaker

The Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas interprets the life, death and legacy of President John F. Kennedy. As part of its observation of the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy's assassination, the Museum features conversations with individuals who witnessed the tragedy and related historical events. In this special living history presentation, the Museum's Associate Curator Stephen Fagin interviews journalist Bob Huffaker, who recounts his memories of the president's death and that of his accused assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald. The conversation will be broadcast live from Dallas on the 50th anniversary weekend of these historic events.

The Idea of America Classroom Resources

The Idea of America Classroom Resources allow teachers and students to explore American history through the core values that we all share, and the inherent tension between them

A.R.T.: American Revolutionary Tableaus and the Common Good

Visual art as a primary source document in your classroom? It's elementary, when this group of students show how they create research based interpretations using the French Tableau (living picture).

Identity, Race and History in America

In the 1900s many people believed eugenics -“race science" - was a progressive solution to social problems. In the United States eugenics had a profound impact on educational and public policies.

Including the Unheard Voices of LGBT History in the Curriculum

Individuals representing certain groups, including LGBT people, are often absent from the curriculum. This session provides resources and strategies for developing and implementing LGBT-inclusive curriculum in secondary schools.

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