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NCSS Position Statement on LGBT+ History

Sponsored by the NCSS LGBTQ & Allies Community

Eric Marcus, founder and host of Making Gay History, will lead a panel interview with co-authors of the newly-launched NCSS Position Statement on LGBT+ History. This discussion focuses on the critical importance of historical accuracy and the use of primary sources within the social studies, and the role of more civics-based, contextualized pedagogies to meet the needs of rising generations of students.

Birth of a Movement: Do You Know William Monroe Trotter?

In 1915, civil rights activist William Monroe Trotter waged a battle against D.W. Griffith's notoriously Klu Klux Klan-friendly blockbuster, The Birth of a Nation, which unleashed a fight still raging today about race relations and representation, and the power and influence of Hollywood. Birth of a Movement captures the backdrop to this prescient clash between human rights, freedom of speech, changing media landscape and tells a riveting story of the battle for the truth about our racial past.

What Am I Bid?

Too often students rely on the teacher as the only one to determine good writing. Learn how to help students take ownership of their writing by attending a sentence auction! Through the revision process, students deepen their knowledge of important social studies concepts while becoming effective communicators.

Living in a Post-9/11 World: The Sociological Consequences of a Terrorism-Focused World

For a growing number of young people, the events of September 11th, 2001 are becoming part of a distant past and is often a difficult topic to address in the classroom. Receive an example of a lesson they could use in their efforts to help students understand the effects of 9/11. Students will examine various sources and perspectives that help them answer the question- How do the events of 9/11 continue to impact their generation, both here in America and across the globe?

Vertically Aligning AP World History, AP US History, and AP European History

Explore writing strategies to help students master short answer questions, document-based questions, and long essays that meet the history rubric standards for AP World, AP European, and AP US History. Receive writing rubrics and outlines for Short Answer Questions, Document-Based Questions, and Long Essay Questions. Participate in an activity to comprehend and implement an accurate thesis statement and topic sentences.

Teaching With Conceptual Units

Teaching history with conceptual units relinquishes the traditional chronological approach in favor of a thematic approach. Receive tips on how to reorganize the curriculum into manageable units that establish the current-day relevance of social studies content.


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