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An Inquiry-Based Strategy for K-3 Students to Evaluate Historic Figures

a remote learning experience discussing how democracy is threatened and how educators protect democracy
April 28, 2020 - 7:00pm EDT

This webinar provides an inquiry-based framework (Great/Not so Great) to help elementary-level students learn about differences in opinions about historical figures before constructing their own evaluation of these figures based on textual evidence. This framework consists of a step-by-step approach for supporting lower elementary-level students to evaluate the “great” and “not so great” characteristics of any historical figure through an examination of a variety of text types (i.e., textbooks, primary sources, children’s literature, etc.). The framework is based on elements of the NCSS C3 Framework for grades K-3 as well as suggestions found in the social studies literature.


Scott L. Roberts, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Social Studies Education, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI.
Scott teaches courses in elementary social studies education, current educational issues, and research methods. He has served as a board member of the Michigan Council for Social Studies, on several committees for the National Council for the Social Studies, on the editorial board of Social Studies and the Young Learner, and was named the Georgia Council for the Social Studies’ Gwen Hutchinson Outstanding Social Studies Educator (2012). A former middle school teacher, he received his doctorate from the University of Georgia in social studies education in 2009. He is the author of multiple publications concerning history education and is the co-editor of the recent book Hollywood or History: An Inquiry-Based Strategy for Using Film to Teach United States History (2018) and the co-editor of the National Council for History Education’s History Matters! e-journal. His research interests include state history, discussion-based strategies, history education, and educational technology.


Stephanie (Steph) L. Strachan, Assistant Professor of Elementary Education; Language, Literacy, and Cultural Studies BAE Advisor, Western Washington University, Bellingham WA.
Steph is a former K-2 educator and literacy coach with extensive experience working with PreK-2 educators to develop interdisciplinary curricula connecting social studies, science, SEL, and language and literacy. She now teaches language, literacy, and social studies methods courses to undergraduate and graduate students at Western Washington University.


Meghan K. Block, Associate Professor of Elementary Literacy, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI
Meghan teaches literacy courses to both undergraduate and graduate students. Her teaching and research interests focus on early literacy development and instruction. She is specifically interested in researching and supporting effective reading and writing instruction for young children.



Webinar Fee: $25 NCSS members / $50 nonmembers
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