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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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).

Who Were the Savages? Historical Perspective and the Indian Wars

Explore an inquiry-based unit creating museum exhibits on Indian Removal/Dakota-Sioux Wars. Student-created exhibits drew on differing and contradictory sources to reflect multiple perspectives on this controversial era.

When 2nd Meets 7th: A Collaborative Approach to Immigration

Discover how a cross-grade partnership can motivate and engage students. Walk away with examples and templates to create your own partnership unit.

What's Your Story? Discovering Your Local History through Primary Sources

Local history is more compelling for students than textbook history. Get students fired up about their own history by using local primary sources. Let us show you how.

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