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U.S. History

ELLs in the Social Studies: Eight Strategies that Improve Instruction

English Language Learners (ELLs) are a growing demographic with specific educational and linguistic needs. Our workshop reviews eight essential strategies that social studies teachers can use to improve their instruction.

Celebrating Newspapers in the Classroom: Engaging Students through Chronicling America

What really happened? Whose point of view? How did people react? Why? Experience and celebrate how historical events chronicled in newspapers can create excitement, engagement, and curiosity within your students.

Nurturing the American Dialogue: This is What Democracy Looks Like

Join panelists to problem-solve through simulations of the events leading to the American Revolution. Embrace the story of America and connect issues from the past to the present.

Using iPads to Enhance Content Knowledge: A Teacher's Guide

Explore how to use iPads to create and implement lessons that enhance students' content knowledge. World and U.S. history lessons included. Resource materials will be disseminated.

Uncovering Slavery and Freedom Stories: Using Primary-Source Freedom Petitions

Learn about the tradition of suing for freedom used by Dred Scott and others, explore a free primary source collection, and take home a versatile activity idea.

Using GIS to Promote Geo-Historical Inquiry in the History Classroom

Learn how to transform your instruction by using GIS to question, analyze, and visualize geographic connections interactively in the history classroom. Free maps, software, lesson plans, and tips/tricks will be shared.

Thinking Historically and Responsive Teaching: Practice-Based Teacher Development

Learn to use a practice-based approach to history teacher education/professional development that promotes classroom instruction grounded in historical reasoning and formative assessment.

An Argument for Freedom--For a Girl and her Country

Pair historical fiction, "Chains" by Laurie Halse Anderson, with primary and secondary sources to help deepen understanding of the Revolutionary time period and produce an alternative research paper.

Heightening Visual Literacy: Using Art as Text in U.S. History

Love that image? Not sure how to use it? Need something to make a text-heavy lesson POP? This presentation demonstrates and provides materials for incorporating visual literacy in your classroom.

Raising Your Voice in Class: Spoken Word for Social Change

Spoken word poetry creates an outlet for students to address controversial issues in an engaging way. Attendees will gain knowledge of how to incorporate this pedagogical practice into their classroom.


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