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Historical Inquiry and Middle-Schoolers: What Can It Look Like?

Learn how students collaborate online to craft historical arguments about democratic principles. Participants will engage with sample activities, review examples of student work, and get free material.

Explore Westward Expansion from Multiple Perspectives Using C3-Aligned Skills

In 1800, North America was home to Native American, European, and African groups. How did these groups interact over time? What voices are missing from the Westward Expansion story?

Engaging All Students in History through Visual Inquiry

Get tools that engage diverse learners using visual sources to promote historical inquiry, fostering skills of interpretation, analysis, and synthesis, while also increasing global competencies.
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Democracy, Race, and Capitalism: Inquiry Arcs for the Progressive Era

Growing out of three NEH teacher institutes, this session presents inquiry arcs, major concepts, and suggested resources for US History teachers planning instruction about the Gilded Age and Progressive Era.

Daydreams and Fun: Bringing Back the Art of Creative Thinking

Get powerful ideas for how to build stronger thinkers and learners in your social studies classroom.

Curate and Connect: Using Local Resources to Plan for Inquiry

Explore a pathway to help teachers plan inquiry-based lessons that tap into local resources to integrate experiential learning into their courses.

Combining APUSH with AP English Language in American Studies

Learn how the reading, critical thinking, and writing skills of both APUSH and AP English Language courses may be aligned to ensure greater versatility and mastery.

Thematic Timelines: Solving the Problem of Context

Research shows students struggle to apply learning to other classes and their world. By utilizing thematic timelines, teachers can train students to recognize themes outside the context in which learning occurred.

The Pedagogical Marriage of Memes and Political Cartoons

Reexamine the traditional uses of political cartoons in the social studies classroom by investigating their parallels with memes as political commentary. Explore the use of meme generators for student creation.

The Civil Rights Movement: Examining Liberty and Equality

Learn about an interactive, classroom-ready lesson demonstration using primary sources including images, excerpted court decisions, and writings of Martin Luther King Jr. to explore the twentieth-century civil rights movement.


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