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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. 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.

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.


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