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You’ve got a bit of free time – perfect opportunity to head over to Anti-Social Studies. (Cause you need their stuff!)

In any normal year, December 28th is a chance to spend time with family, eat boat loads of Chex Mix, watch football, and read one or two of the new books I received as gifts.

Yeah, well . . . some of that is going to happen. But things are different enough that there’s a lot less family and way more Chex Mix. The good news is that I get the chance to explore some of the resources I’ve been dropping in my Pocket over the last few months. And I may have just stumbled onto a new favorite.

An earlier post this fall highlighted some of my favorite podcasts. Well . . . I missed one.

Anti-Social Studies. 

I ran across Anti-Social Studies this fall and just never got around to exploring it . . . because of reasons. But I’m loving this. Emily Glanker is an AP World History, AP US History, and modern US History teacher in Texas who’s cranking out podcasts along with teaching materials, sample essays, and two very handy planning documents that you’ll all gonna want.

The fact that she asks you to join her “history nerd” network is an added bonus.

Emily started Anti-Social Studies a couple of years ago when

she was told by the one millionth adult that they “remembered nothing from their high school history class.”

Pretty sure most of us can relate. How many parents, friends, and relatives have given you grief for becoming a history teacher?

Kids just don’t like social studies.

Hmm . . . no. We’ve talked about this before. Kids don’t hate history, they hate the way we teach it. And Emily is working to change that.

So first things first. Head over to your favorite podcast tool and subscribe to Anti-Social Studies. She’s got three seasons – World History, US, and Historical Context. All entertaining. All super smart.

Second, stop at the Home page and download her two free planning guides: The Semi-Official Resource Guide to Diversifying Your US History Curriculum and The Semi-Official Anti-Social Studies Guide to Lesson Planning.

They’re both good but start with Diversifying Your US History Curriculum. We too often read, teach, and share resources from our own perspectives. It’s time to change that. Emily has put together a nice list of resources that can get you thinking about the stuff you share and don’t share with your students:

Now more than ever it’s critical that students are learning the entire story of the United States with all of its voices included. But that can be daunting. It can seem overwhelming when you’re starting out because the traditional white male narrative is so pervasive in our education system. If you want to truly present more perspectives, you have to do a lot of work finding your own materials that go beyond the “Black History Month” approach to history.

(While we’re talking about it, you might also be interested in a just published article by LaGarrett J. King titled Black History is Not American History: Toward a Framework of Black Historical Consciousness.)

Emily’s Guide to Lesson Planning is also super useful. You get both face to face and online teaching tools and strategies, ideas for direct and indirect instruction, and assorted other best practices.

You’re going to find lots of other free stuff but you’ll need to join the History Nerd Network at Anti-Social Studies to get total access to Emily’s AP resources. This will require that you cough up a small amount of dough. No biggie. Probably way less than what you normally spend over TpT. Totally worth it.

You’ve got a bit of free time this week. Why not head over and poke around? And be sure to grab her social medias. Cause you get stuff like this:

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