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U.S. History

Be the Curator of Your Own Knowledge!

Engage students in the process of understanding history and its complexity through objects. Integrated museum-style learning enriches and extends understanding of content and builds academic skills across disciplines.

Sankofa: The Whitney Plantation Lecture and Tour

Through lectures, museum exhibits, memorial artwork, restored buildings and hundreds of first-person slave narratives, visitors to Whitney will gain a unique perspective on the lives of Louisiana's enslaved people.

S.C.A.L.E. Discussions: How to Achieve Student-Centered Discourse

S.C.A.L.E. discussions are a great way to achieve Student-Centered Authentic Learning Experiences and this workshop will help educators implement, facilitate, and grade them, putting students at the center of learning.

Not Your Grandma's Bingo! Social Justice, Literature, and Primary Sources

Transform your curriculum using young adult literature, Social Justice Bingo and primary sources. Learn how to develop thought-provoking and relevant interdisciplinary lessons from multiple perspectives for diverse student populations.

Pain, Pride, Power, Possibilities: The African American Civil Rights Struggle

Some of African American history is very painful; you will learn activities that provide a honest, engaging, interactive portal into Black history implementing close readings of poetry, images, and music.

The Document Blitz: Using Primary Sources to Enhance Lesson Design

Students often struggle to appropriately use primary documents. This session uses numerous primary documents to help students analyze an historical event. Provides a sample teaching strategy for educator use.

Play to Learn with Ripped Apart: A Civil War Mystery

Assume the role of a Smithsonian intern to solve puzzles, find clues, decipher documents, and explore cartes de visite photographs with this free educational game from the Smithsonian.

Latinos and the Vietnam War: Patriotism and Protest

Using the film "On Two Fronts: Latinos & Vietnam," explore the rich history of Latino military service and the Chicano movement's protests against a war that defined a generation.

Engaging Young Learners in Primary Source Analysis

Do you want to engage young learners in primary source analysis? Come discover how, in a presentation that will provide strategies, activities, and lesson plans that you can take home!

Historical Re-Enactments in the Elementary Classroom

Participants will examine a collection of free lesson plans that incorporate non-fictional texts into elementary grade literacy lessons.


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