Several years ago, I ran across the Digital Public Library of America, a very cool online archive of primary sources, teaching ideas, and depository of all sorts of history collections. I wrote a quick overview of the DLPA and highlighted some of the useful tools that were available. It continues to be a powerful resource and is one of those non-negotiable sites that all social studies teachers need to bookmark.
Recently, Samantha Gibson from the DPLA contacted me with an update on their latest project. The project, Read more
Several weeks ago, I gushed about a new tool I had just run across called StoryMap JS. It seemed like an easy to use, nice to look at tool for creating interactive, multimedia historical accounts. Perfect for pushing out teacher created content to students and for pulling in student created content.
And guess what?
That’s right. KnightLabs at Northwestern University, the makers of StoryMap, have some other tools as well. They’ve created something called Read more
I had the chance to hear Dr. Yohuru Williams speak last Friday the National Council for History Education. He started by sharing three things:
- the Civil Rights movement is more than 1954-1968
- the Civil Rights movement is more than just the South
- the Civil Rights movement is more than just securing political opportunities
He continued by using what he calls #BlackLivesMatter moments – events that shape the movement and impact all of us – to frame the conversation. Need an example or two? Jackie Robinson was court martialed in 1944 as a result of refusing to move to the back of a military post bus. Little Rock Nine member Melba Beals started 1958 by resolving to “Do my best to stay alive until May 29.” Jimmy Lee Jackson protecting his family in Selma. Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire. Love Canal. Flint Michigan.
Seriously powerful stuff.
And while I knew of Dr. WIlliams, I wasn’t that familiar with his background and books. So when a quick Google search turned up a book titled Teaching U.S. History Beyond the Textbook, of course I had to order it. Read more
I can say that I knew Nathan before he became famous. He and I worked together in our first Teaching American History project. A few years later in 2010, he was selected as the National Gilder Lehrman Teacher of the Year. He was and still is a middle school teacher at Royal Valley Middle School. And just so you know, he’s awesome.
So when I decided to attend this session and found out that Nathan was the presenter, well . . . double bonus.
At its core, the Teaching Literacy through History is an interdisciplinary professional development program that uses primary documents and historical texts to improve K–12 education. GLI wants to come to your school or district to help create lessons and curriculum. Read more
One of the cool things that is happening around the country is that more and more elementary classrooms are focusing on integrating history into their instruction. But there are always questions about what this can look like. During this session, Lisa Hutton from California State University, Dominguez Hills shared some ideas of things teachers can do to support historical thinking skills with grade school kids.
The idea? Use foundational knowledge / specific historical events to build the historical thinking and literacy skills. She used the engaging and powerful story of Pacific and Asian immigrants during the early 1900s who transitioned through Angel Island off the coast of California.
Lisa started with her historical inquiry process model: Read more
Dang. These NCHE folks are serious.
It’s 6:45 – that’s am – and we’re already deep into it. I love the histories but a 7:00 start? But if there’s anyone I would roll out for at 7:00 am, it would be Elliott West. I love this guy. History stud.
The Contested Plains. The Essential West. The Last Indian War.
So I am as pumped as I can be this early in the morning. He starts off by addressing the audience as “we hardy few.” So true.
And continues with a question: Read more