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U.S. History

Sustainable Social Studies are Powerful and Authentic with PASS

PASS is a NCSS professional development program based on principles of authentic intellectual work that keeps social studies sustainable. This session introduces the PASS criteria, standards and rubrics.

The 9/11 Dilemma—What Students Know about September 11

What do our students know about the events of September 11, 2001? What should they know, and why? This workshop provides strategies to address a cataclysmic event in U.S. history.

Getting Down to the Core: Analyzing and Developing Arguments

Practice effective and proven strategies to assist students in identifying the core components of argumentative writing and making explicit and clear connections between claims, reasoning, evidence, and counterclaims, as outlined in the Common Core State Standards.

Digital Alternatives to Textbooks: What are my Options

Digital resources are poised to replace the traditional textbook in your classroom. Come to learn about options available to you in the areas of U.S. and World History.

Teaching Project-Based Learning with the Who Speaks? Digital Archive

Attendees will explore the Who Speaks for the Negro? digital archive with a focus on project-based learning using primary sources. Strong connections will be made to Common Core Standards.

Heroines on Horseback: Packhorse Librarians and Frontier Nurses of Appalachia

Heroes come in all shapes, sizes, and genders. This interactive session will explore the story of nurses and librarians who heroically served Appalachian communities on horseback. Lesson materials provided.

Beyond Biography: Rethinking Women’s History Month to Inspire Civic Action

Explore a technology- and literacy-driven approach to Women’s History Month, promoting active citizenship, civic leadership, and collaborative biography. Participants receive lesson plans, graphic organizers, and resources for the elementary classroom.

Team Based Learning: Putting the Spark into Content Area Reading

The ability to analyze text is critical for literacy development in social studies classes. Participate in an engaging strategy and assessment that promotes student collaboration and deeper comprehension of texts.

Social Studies Strategies that Get to the Core of Learning

The Instruction Community shares several “teacher-tested” best practice methods for delivering meaningful, active learning experiences to K-12 students, with special emphasis on differentiating instruction and closing the achievement gap.

Looking through the Kaleidoscope: Investigating Multiple Perspectives with Preservice Teachers

Literacy inquiry stations, which integrate social studies and literacy, can powerfully teach multiple perspectives. Learn how to use them with preservice teachers, and leave with resources to get you started.


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