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Building Students’ Civic Identities

Building Students’ Civic Identities

Analyzing presidential campaign messages to help students become informed citizens

During the middle school years, students are trying to figure out who they are. Their identities are malleable and constantly changing based on different life experiences. Social studies teachers need to utilize...
Author: Jeremiah Clabough, Ph.D.
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Topics: Teaching
Am I Part of the We in “We the People…”?

Am I Part of the We in “We the People…”?

Applying the Constitution to an eighth grader

"We the People of the United States..." Seven simple words. Words that were meant to bring unity to a young country that was floundering a bit in its early stages. Words that will get many adults (ages 35 and up)...
Author: Kevin DuRoss
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Topics: Teaching
Students as Change Agents for Environmental Issues

Students as Change Agents for Environmental Issues

Trade books and classroom activities help students see the positive impact one person can have

Change. A six-letter word bandied around a lot. Politicians use the word every election cycle to argue for the need of the electorate to select new leaders. In a democracy, change means so much more. Citizens have the...
Author: Katie Thomas, Deborah Wooten, Jeremiah Clabough
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Topics: Teaching
Taking Revolutionary Boston to Detroit

Taking Revolutionary Boston to Detroit

Skill building and making connections with themes boosts social studies learning and engagement

There are a number of lessons I have learned in my 20 years as a teacher of American History. Appreciation of history is like a fine wine … the longer you let it sit (the older we get), the better...
Author: Kevin DuRoss
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Topics: Teaching
Scary Good Middle School Social Studies

Scary Good Middle School Social Studies

Classroom activities that inspire student engagement with social studies content

Best practices in social studies education have changed significantly over the last six years. With the release of the Common Core State Standards and its state variations, along with the C3 Framework by the National...
Author: Jeremiah Clabough
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Topics: Teaching
Stop, Write, and Discuss

Stop, Write, and Discuss

Literacy strategies to transform instruction and deepen learning

Social studies instruction requires students to understand complex concepts, read dense primary source documents, and critically consider various perspectives. As a social studies and English language arts teacher, I...
Author: Kasey Short
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Building Bridges to the Past

Building Bridges to the Past

Oral history project engages students and builds family and community connections

Using a microfilm machine for the first time… Watching a local news broadcast from the mid-nineties about the Blizzard of '93... Holding an authentic newspaper from 1941… Facetiming across the Pacific...
Author: Joe Welch, Vicki Truchan
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Hollywood or History: Greek Literature

Hollywood or History: Greek Literature

Using Hollywood film and sources to analyze figures in Greek mythology

There is no doubt that the use of Hollywood films in a classroom provides the students with a variety of benefits crucial to their learning and their understanding. Although movie day in a middle level classroom is...
Author: Michelle Black
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Topics: Teaching
Using Graphic Novels to Open the Gateway for Struggling Readers

Using Graphic Novels to Open the Gateway for Struggling Readers

The benefits of using graphic novels in the social studies classroom

The standards in current education reform movements stress the importance of strengthening students' content-area literacy skills. This means that social studies teachers must draw on powerful texts. The problem is...
Author: Jeremiah Clabough
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Examining the Evidence

Exploring vocabulary terms in social studies with primary sources.

The C3 Framework by the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) has changed the dynamics of social studies instruction. The emphasis of standards in this document is for teachers to build students' content-area...
Author: Jeremiah Clabough, Rebecca Bidwell
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