- Based on support work with the teachers of the Massachusetts Special Education in Institutional Settings (SEIS) program and on participation by SPED and ESL teachers in numerous Emerging America workshops, EmergingAmerica.org is expanding offerings on this page of model lessons, assessments, classroom activities, and recommendations for other resources focused on making inquiry accessible through primary sources. Teaching Resources search tool.
- Massachusetts Department of Youth Services (DYS) Instructional Guides support the planning high quality curricula, instruction, and assessment for students in DYS and other institutional settings. Aligned with Massachusetts History and Social Science Content Frameworks, the guides prioritize vital standards most directly relevant to DYS student needs and interests. The free guides use a positive youth development approach in presenting best teaching practices that encourage students’ development of a strong sense of voice and self-advocacy as they plan for their future. http://www.collaborative.org/programs/dys/dys-instructional-guides
- U.S. History I Guide for DYS Schools (1763-1876)
- U.S. History II Guide for DYS Schools (1877-2000)
- Teaching Tolerance, based in Montgomery, Alabama, is a leading voice and support to address civil rights and social justice in the classroom. Their website includes strategies to engage and support students with disabilities and lessons on disability.
Primary Sources on Immigration and Disability History
- Emerging America – Find primary source sets on immigration and on Disability History through the Teaching Resources search tool. For example see Disability History source set pictured below.
- The Library of Congress offers extensive relevant collections. Start with these portals.
- Immigration (includes collections on foreign language communities)
- Veterans History Project page on disability
- WWI: Injured Veterans and the Disability Rights Movement
- Chronicling America news articles on Eugenics
- Through the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, the Library of Congress has offered services to make libraries accessible since 1931. Explore the history of the NLS.
- The wholly online Disability History Museum offers hundreds of primary sources, background essays, and other resources. The museum examines the people, lives, and institutions of disability from the founding of the nation to today. Looking across disabilities and ages, the site aims to help all users deepen understanding of variation and difference in national and community life. http://www.disabilitymuseum.org
- Based on support work with the teachers of the Massachusetts Special Education in Institutional Settings (SEIS) program and on participation by SPED and ESL teachers in numerous Emerging America workshops, EmergingAmerica.org is expanding offerings on this page of model lessons, assessments, classroom activities, and recommendations for other resources focused on making inquiry accessible through primary sources. The CES lesson template employs accessibility components from the 2016 NCSS publication on Exceptional Learners. (See below.) Emerging America Teaching Resources search tool.
- Olympics: Past and Present. Provides a clear outline of the types of lesson plans that function well for a wide range of learners and include modifications. Sage Publications. https://www.sagepub.com/sites/default/files/upm-binaries/34153_Chapter1.pdf
Model Classroom Activities
- Differentiating Instruction for Special Education ELL Students. American Museum of Natural History. Includes an authentic learning experience for students at a natural history museum. http://www.amnh.org/learn-teach/english-language-learners/differentiating-instruction-for-special-education-ell-students/
- “Get it Off the Page.” Kaitlin Tower, Orlando, Florida. Social Studies and Special Education. Discusses inclusion classes with a particular focus on autism spectrum students. Includes an exciting technique called where educators find ways to make materials more hands-on and allow for kinesthetic learners to access the information. Video. (5:00 mins.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7LQ2inyNdZQ
- Teaching Special Education History Using Writing-to-Learn Strategies. Ray Marik, Seattle School District. http://wac.colostate.edu/books/sawdust/chapter5.pdf
- Co-Teaching–Teacher Education. Purdue University. Video. (13:05 mins.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1Xpz2WU2Ow
- Book Recommendations from The Reading Teacher from Ashley E. Pennell, Barbara Wollak, and David A Koppenhaver: Respectful Representations of People with Disabilities in Picture Books. (2017). http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/trtr.1632/full
Key Themes of Disability History and of Immigration History
Key themes of Disability History and of Immigration history align with topics common to common grades 4-10 U.S. History. Students engage when they connect with history that reflects THEIR experiences. As the many lessons and primary source sets in our Teaching Resources library show, these themes can be infused into units and lessons without necessarily taking more time.
Crossover Themes of Disability History
- Founding of Schools and of Asylums – (1820-1860) Antebellum Reform Movements
- Civil War Veterans – (1861-1900) Impacts of Civil War / Growth of Federal Government
- Screening of Immigrants – (1790-1924) Immigration / Citizenship / Voting Right
- WWI Veterans – (1917-1932) Progressive Era / Propaganda / Impacts of WWI
- Social Security Disability – (1933-1977) Progressive Era / New Deal / Responsibilities of Private Sector vs Government
- Disability Rights – (1962-1990) Cold War Era Social Protests
Crossover Themes of History of Foreign Language Communities
- Race and Immigration: Mexican-Americans – (1598-1977) Mexican-American War / Westward Expansion / Civil Rights Movement / Great Society / Citizenship
- Immigrant Culture and Labor: European-Americans – (1790-1924) Westward Expansion / Industrialism / Urbanization / Progressive Era
- Race and Immigration: African-Americans – (1790-2000) Slavery / Urbanization / Great Migration / WWII / Great Society / Citizenship
- Race and Immigration: Asian-Americans – (1848-1988) Westward Expansion / Chinese Exclusion Act / WWII / Great Society / Citizenship
- Equal Access to Education and Employment – (1940-Today) Equal Employment Opportunity Board / Civil Rights Movement