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U.S. History

Bayou Expedition: Elementary and Middle School Excursions through History/Culture

An 18th century Louisiana village provides an engaging backdrop for bringing CCSS to life for elementary and middle school students via collaboration between living history museum, university, and local schools.

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.

Social Studies Comes Alive with Common Core

Understanding relationships between social studies and Common Core Literacy at the elementary level is essential. We will explore ways to use literacy strategies to enhance student understanding of U.S. history.

Peace Table Talks: Bringing Historic Figures back to the Table

Transform your classroom Peace Table into a place for your students to rewrite history and resolve conflicts between historic figures. Social justice empowers students to envision a more peaceful future.

Abolitionists Debate: Multiple Perspectives Leading up to the Civil War

Participants will be presented with a primary-source-rich unit plan examining events prior to the Civil War from multiple perspectives within the Abolitionist movement, structured around five in-class debates.

Successes and Setbacks with Blended Learning in Middle/Secondary History Classrooms

Explore how using digital technology and authoring tools supported a history curriculum and a shift to the Common Core. Receive free digital tools and a middle school U.S. history curriculum.

Historiography in the Methods Course: Evaluating Local Historical Commemorations

Presenters discuss efforts to prepare secondary teachers who can engage students with historical thinking and historiography, and they describe a methods course project designed to develop these skills and strategies.


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