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U.S. History

You've Got Issues...You Just Didn't Know it!

Participants will learn how to issue-ize their existing instructional units in American history and world history by applying an issues-centered focus to increase student engagement, understanding and responsibility.

Can Teachers Change the Narrative around Native Americans

A historic truth and reconciliation commission on forced removal of Native American children is explored in a new documentary. Learn how to teach this story. Free film and curriculum.

Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor--Empathy Through Experiential Education

History must become more than dead people and dates for children to grasp the importance of learning the past. This session will explore using experiential education to teach historical empathy.

The Portraiture Project: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Instruction

In an interactive poster presentation, participants will learn how portraiture may be integrated in history instruction to advance students' understanding of historic persons and the construction of narratives.

Using FlipBoard in the Classroom

Flipboard is a Web 2.0 tool that will create a digital magazine that can be used as a textbook for individual units and lessons within the social studies classroom

Integrating Vintage Maps into the History Curriculum

Vintage maps reflect the cultural, social, political and economic values of an era. Participants will explore strategies to incorporate 19th-century maps of Africa and the Mississippi into the curriculum.

Developing Creative Historical Thinking

Discover research-proven methods to incorporate 21st century skills of creativity, historical thinking, collaboration, and innovation in a middle school history classroom. Includes examples of student products, discussions and technology.

Civil Rights: More than a Bus and a Dream

This exploration of civil rights leaders beyond Dr. King enables critical evaluation of leadership and its challenges. Teachers will leave with a great multi-day, standards-based lesson and an all-inclusive DVD.

Uniting Social Studies Knowledge and Skills with the Common Core The Civil War

Fifth graders in a low socio-economic school become fully engaged in a Civil War study which unites Common Core State Standards, social studies, and technology. Resources, including unit plan and bibliography, will be shared.

Human Rights & History: Teaching with Comics, Simulations, and Documents

Interactive session demonstrating effective methods to engage students in the study of human rights. Includes employing and creating comic books/strips, written debates, webquests, oral histories, and simulations. Handouts provided.


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