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U.S. History

Defending Slavery: Using Contested Perspectives to Teach the Peculiar Institution

How can students comprehend the perspectives of those who defended slavery? This workshop emphasizes social studies disciplinary literacy in analyzing the evolving perspective of slaveowners.

Superheroes in Gotham: Comic Books in Historical Context

What do comics teach us about the past? Using sources from the exhibition Superheroes in Gotham, participants will examine the history of comic books through the lens of social responsibility.

Uncovering the Past through Interdisciplinary Learning Strategies

Throughout this interactive presentation, a variety of historical themes, civil inequalities, and analytic techniques are exposed as the audience delves into interdisciplinary study through the novel, The Curse of Caste.

Globalizing U.S. History: Confidence-Boosting Strategies, Primary Sources, and Resources

Want to globalize your U.S. history curriculum but don't know how? This session introduces strategies, primary sources, and resources to help situate 500+ years of American history in international contexts.

Writing History: Using Written Expression to Celebrate Learning

Explore strategies for writing in social studies and leave with classroom-ready U.S. History based writing lessons and assessments! Ideal for teachers of students with learning differences/diverse learning needs.

Helping Social Studies Teachers Become Writing Teachers--Providing Meaningful Feedback

Do you avoid teaching writing because you feel overwhelmed reading student work and providing feedback? Learn how automated-essay scorers and peer-review can reduce your workload while creating a student-centered classroom.

Dauntless, Amity, or Divergent: Analyzing America's Entrance into Global Conflicts

Erudite or Abnegation? Which faction matches our values? Using the popular Divergent Young Adult novels as a lens, we'll analyze America's motivations to enter World War I, Vietnam, and other 20th century conflicts.

It's About Time: TimeBooks Visualize Regional Perspectives of U.S. History

This session will actively explore Library of Congress resources through a digital textbook designed on a highly interactive timeline tool called ChronoZoom to highlight the interconnectedness of historical events.

Preparing Elementary Students for Performance Based Assessments and Disciplinary Literacy

Make assessing historical thinking skills for elementary social studies rigorous and realistic. Come review specific lesson plans, performance assessments, and resources for introducing historical thinking skills in the elementary grades.

Exploring our National Parks Using Interactive Maps for Student Engagement

In this presentation, interactive story maps and lesson plans bring the Natchez Trace Parkway to life. This serves as a template for teachers to create lessons for enhancing student engagement.


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