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U.S. History

Doing Family History and Creating Museums with Elementary Students

Family history projects help young students develop historical thinking, interviewing, and presentation skills. This session describes a family history project for elementary students and provides guidelines and materials for teachers.

Only the Ball was White

For decades segregated professional African-American baseball teams played across the country. Hear the history of the Negro Leagues, learn ways to engage students by using literature, and receive materials.

Developing Global Thinkers through Big Idea Questions and Customized Learning

Teachers and curricular leaders will learn how a Big Ideas approach to social studies curriculum has helped students become global thinkers and how online learning environments have made customization possible.

Red Diapers, Black Lists, Uranium Blues - Cold War Arts

This session will explore the cultural implications of the Cold War and will provide teachers with strategies and resources for engaging their students and strengthening their literacy and communication skills.

CCSS Meets the Web: Teaching with Digital Primary Sources

We will present the Newberry Library’s Digital Collection for the Classroom–thematic collections of classroom-ready, primary source documents that will support CCSS skill development and enhance student learning.

Making the Most of Mobile Devices

Tablets inspire creativity and hands-on learning for students. This session will highlight innovative, engaging, and educational apps that will draw your students into the study of social studies. BYOD!

VARKing up the Right Tree—Engaging Students Using VARK Learning Preferences to Master the Common Core

Participants will develop knowledge and skills that will enable them to create meaningful Common Core-aligned social studies learning activities by effectively incorporating the use of students’ VARK learning style preferences.

Forget Me Not: Reading and Writing Historical Fiction, K-5

Amidst the buzz about informational writing and close reading -- don’t underestimate the power of historical fiction! Learn how to captivate young learners while meeting the CCSS.

Investigating Famous Bloodlines: Following the Paper Trail

Engage students in learning history content and improving research skills by tracing the bloodlines of famous Americans. Readymade, CCSS-aligned lessons utilizing a variety of research tools and primary sources provided.

1863: Teaching Common Core with the Civil War’s Defining Moments

Come explore how students use Common Core Standards to apply primary sources, research pivotal events, and interpret how crucial decisions changed American history during the Civil War in 1863.

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