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Using Inquiry to Achieve Equity: Inquiry-Based Learning for Social Studies

Today more than ever social studies teachers have an opportunity. We have an opportunity, and an obligation, to provide our students not with static, one-dimensional content from a textbook, but rather content that will provide students with the disciplinary knowledge from multiple perspectives from all those that have contributed to our collective history.

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Bringing History to Life:  Using Primary Sources in the Classroom

Entering the study of rich history, students often are faced with challenging texts, difficult writing prompts, and discussions led by passionate educators. Teachers who understand the importance of developing an authentic connection to history and developing a well-rounded understanding of history that lays out a desire to continuously inquire and develop further understanding look to provide students with ample opportunities to investigate. Often this investigation includes the active invest

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Using Primary Sources to Engage All Students

By: Andrew GreenePosted 10/04/19
Using Primary Sources to Engage All Students

Using primary sources is an effective way to captivate students and get them actively involved in their learning. As a third-grade teacher, I would use documents, maps, and artifacts on a regular basis. Here are some examples and things to keep in mind when using primary sources in your classroom.

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The Hamilton Phenomenon: 5 Ways to Make the Most of It in Your Classroom

Lin-Manuel’s Broadway smash, Hamilton, tells the story of Alexander Hamilton’s life in a unique and extraordinarily modern way. Looking for ways to inspire your students the same way this award-winning musical has captivated and inspired people across the country? Here are five ways Hamilton can inspire you and your students.

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Native American Heritage Month: American Indians Today

By: Karen Coody CooperPosted 11/19/15
Native American Heritage Month: American Indians Today

November is Native American Heritage Month! In addition to teaching students about American Indian history and culture, it is important to make students aware of the reality of American Indians as contemporary people. Here are some excellent suggestions from Cherokee historian Karen Coody Cooper.

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Presidential Election Countdown: 12 Actionable Topics to Cover in Your Classroom

The presidential election is a fantastic opportunity to teach students about the U.S. government and how it works. Here are 12 purposeful and actionable topics to cover between now and November 8, 2016. Cover one topic a month, or pick and choose the topics that suit your needs best!

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