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U.S. History

Difference Makers: Jackie Robinson, Sports, and the Civil Rights Movement

Many sports personalities have advanced democracy and ignited social change in America. These heroic figures paved the way for the Civil Rights Movement. Resources and strategies will be distributed.

The U.S. in Vietnam: Lessons Learned?

The Vietnam War remains a central reference point for U.S. decision makers. Explore ten C3-aligned lessons in the Choices’ Vietnam curriculum (provided), while also evaluating and analyzing lessons learned.

Why Learn about History? Connecting the Past to the Present

Using children's books, primary sources, video and computer programs, participants will connect integrated units related to voting rights, immigration, and discrimination in history, to current events with student-created projects.

Celebrating Social Responsibility through Cinema and Character Education

This presentation will discuss how to explore the theme of social responsibility through character education and the critical analysis of film. Handouts and resources will be provided to all participants.

Powerful Social Studies and C3: Scaffolding Preservice Teachers' Pedagogical Skills

The C3 Framework's inquiry arc provides powerful teaching opportunities for new teachers. This session will demonstrate how to scaffold C3's teaching and learning skills in K-8 social studies methods courses.

Duck and Cover! Decision Making and Cold War Dilemmas

Using the rank order approach, students must make value-based decisions to determine who stays in the fallout shelter. All participants receive free materials.

Racism in America: It's Not Just Black and White

Who was the first Asian elected to Congress? Why is this important? Explore a film and discussion about the life of Dalip Singh Saund and his journey while living the American dream.

P-20 Goals: Operating the Social Studies under Common Ideals

Standards, Goals, Objectives, and other labels are used across the social studies. These are often directed to unique grade levels. This session will discuss the results of common P-20 goals.

Quick Writes as a Tool for Assessing Students Historical Thinking

Explore methods to assess students' historical thinking. Using student work, participants will develop facility with the use of Quick Writes as a tool to measure students' historical thinking skills.

Political Cartoons: Propaganda, Perspectives, and Purpose

Political cartoons are historically and politically rich primary sources which engage even young students in understanding author's purpose, perspective, and persuasion. Their routine use enhances historical content and interdisciplinary literacy.


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