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U.S. History

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.

Challenges and Triumphs of Teaching Human Rights in U.S. Schools

Youth face racism, poverty and violence in their communities, but we often teach human rights as "over there." Develop strategies to connect students' in understanding human rights here and now.

By Land or Sea: Creating a Collaborative Field-Based Enrichment Module

Attendees will be exposed to the construction of collaborative curriculum through the use of student-oriented and led project modules that encourage engagement and immersion in fieldwork activities.

Like a Polaroid Picture: Shaking up your Classroom with Visuals

Teachers will explore lesson plans and assessments based on Walter Werner's visual literacy research. They will walk away with exciting new strategies to support historical inquiry and the Common Core.

Bringing History Alive with an Interactive Wax Museum

Come learn how to make history come alive by creating an interactive wax museum, where students turn research projects into interactive exhibits with technology and social media.

Writing for Understanding in the Social Studies Classroom

Join TCI to discover powerful web tools and pedagogy that will help you tap into students' multiple abilities and give all of your learners something memorable to write about.

Engaging Reluctant Readers and Writers: Social Studies through Readers Theater

Do you really want to make social studies leap off of the page? Here's your chance! Come learn how to use reader's theater to invigorate your class!

In the Trenches: Practical Strategies for Embracing Content Literacy

Are you looking for practical ways to bring content literacy into your classroom? Two teachers, in the trenches, present tried and true strategies used in their middle school classrooms.

Heating up Social Studies Methods Courses through Service Learning Collaborations

This session examines the service learning partnership between a higher education social studies methods course and the Aurora Regional Fire Museum. Methods, process, and findings will be shared with participants.


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