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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.

TED + Socrates = Peer Mediation for Diverse Learners

How do you get your culturally diverse learners to engage and collaborate? This session will guide participants through the process of zone of proximal development (ZPD) through peer mediation.

TeachingAmericanHistory.org Document Clusters: Lincoln and the Civil War

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

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

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.

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