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TeachingAmericanHistory.org Document Clusters: Lincoln and the Civil War

Friday, December 2, 2016 -
3:45pm to 4:45pm
Help students learn about Lincoln's decision-making and the challenges he faced through clusters of documents, bringing to life his ideas through his words.

It's All about that Flip: History Instruction and Workforce Skills

Saturday, December 3, 2016 -
3:50pm to 4:50pm
Learn about a flipped classroom model to increase students' learning of history and their development of 21st century skills, such as critical thinking and effective communication.

Immigration Histories: Inquiry and Oral Interview, Then and Now

Friday, December 2, 2016 -
11:15am to 12:15pm
Involve students in compelling inquiries: researching and documenting the stories of their own families and community members, in historic and current American contexts, with historical societies, libraries, families and neighbors.

I Wish to Inquire about My People: 19th-Century African Americans

Friday, December 2, 2016 -
10:00am to 11:00am
Students investigate Lost Friends ads and other first-person sources by former slaves seeking loved ones to illuminate the experience of African American communities in the past. Extension activities included.

Equitable Futures: Promoting Civic Engagement through Project-Based Learning

Saturday, December 3, 2016 -
10:30am to 11:30am
How much progress have we made in equity and social justice since the 1950s, and what work do we still need to do in order to create an equitable future?

Congress, Mr. Madison, and a Legacy of Republicanism

Saturday, December 3, 2016 -
2:40pm to 3:40pm
Learn about a complete interactive role-play lesson plan based on Madison's notes from the Philadelphia Convention. Explore constitutional principles at issue in the debates that created the Congress.

Collaboration: College Students and 7th Graders Broadcast 1920s News

Saturday, December 3, 2016 -
5:00pm to 6:00pm
Exercising distributed cognition and expertise, this presentation shares a 1920s unit that involved 7th-grade social studies students mentored by undergraduates in an educational psychology class, using an indirect digital internship.

A More Meaningful Thanksgiving: Thankfulness, Freedom, and Social Justice

Saturday, December 3, 2016 -
1:30pm to 2:00pm
Tired of the same old Thanksgiving lessons? Wondering how to incorporate more meaningful study of current events and social justice into your classroom? Thanksgiving offers the perfect opportunity.

A Closer Look: Utilizing Visuals to Engage Middle School Learners

Saturday, December 3, 2016 -
8:00am to 9:00am
Explore using a variety of visuals to engage middle school students in history and civics. This fun, interactive session will provide strategies on how to incorporate visuals without sacrificing content.

Words as Historical Sources: Words of the Year and Inquiry

Friday, December 2, 2016 -
11:15am to 12:15pm
What can Words of the Year teach us about historical inquiry? Learn how online dictionaries serve as fertile ground for academic language development, comprehension, and disciplinary inquiry (perspectives, contextualization, and sourcing).

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