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Bricks and Mortar Vocabulary for History lessons

 “As of last year, I started working with ELL students and have become far more cognizant of vocabulary.  I’ve always taken for granted that students know certain vocabulary words, but now I find myself going over many words and to my surprise, it’s not just ELL kids who benefit from it!”

-Kevin, Spring 2019 Online Accessing Inquiry course participant

 

Literacy in Practice Standards Are the Entry Point for Elementary Social Studies

How can we teach students the most vital skills to function as citizens? Since the early 19th century, preparation for civic life has been the central reason for public schools. As part of a multi-year effort to reinvigorate the civic mission of schools, in 2016 the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) added “readiness for civic life” to its core definition of what it means to be educated in the state. http://www.doe.mass.edu/ccr/

History Education Resources: Culturally Relevant Pedagogy and Primary Sources videos for teachers

On the EmergingAmerica.org website, we are gathering resources that teachers can use to expand their repertoire of strategies for supporting all learners.  The Minnesota Historical Society has published a series of brief educational videos for new and experienced teachers. Each 10 minute segment introduces the concepts of culturally relevant pedagogy and the ways that using primary sources expands students’ understanding of history.

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