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  • Incorporating Lessons on Activism During Hispanic Heritage Month

    Teaching students about key people and events in Hispanic Americans’ fight for equality is a good way to mark this observance.
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  • A Stunning Educational Video Game Brings Students Inside Thoreau’s ‘Walden’

    High school students can explore core ideas like self-reliance and civil disobedience as they read ‘Walden’ and engage in the game.
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  • Using Street Art to Explore Hispanic Heritage

    Delving into street art can fuel conversations and learning about Hispanic and Latino culture, heritage, and identity in creative and unexpected ways.
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  • Teaching Climate Change in Social Studies

    Since this issue impacts both individuals and societies on many levels, it’s a good fit for social studies as well as science classes.
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  • Scaffolding Discussion Skills With a Socratic Circle

    Students deepen their understanding and build a sense of community by engaging with their peers’ reasoned arguments.
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  • Reinventing AP Courses With Rigorous Project-Based Learning

    A new study shows that when implemented well, AP courses built around project-based learning can raise test scores for all students, including those in traditionally underserved demographics.
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  • Inquiry-Based Tasks in Social Studies

    Assignments that are bigger than a lesson and smaller than a unit are a good way to experiment with inquiry-based learning.
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  • 4 Ways to Develop Students’ Civic Engagement Skills

    When students study policy-making, they can have conversations about education policy and engage more deeply in their communities.
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  • How to Engage Students in Historical Thinking Using Everyday Objects

    Asking students to examine their own possessions from the perspective of a historian in the future helps them sharpens their analytical skills.
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  • Using Gamification to Increase Engagement During Hybrid Learning

    Games that take students on a quest can invigorate social studies and strengthen bonds among learners.
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  • Exploring Social Justice Issues Through PBL

    The open-ended work in project-based learning can help students explore issues that matter to them.
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  • Project-Based Learning: Raising Student Achievement for All Learners

    Researchers in Michigan showed that project-based learning in high-poverty communities can produce statistically significant gains in social studies and informational reading—see how they did it in this video.
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  • Providing Deeper Context in Lessons on Indigenous Peoples

    Teachers planning lessons on Native Americans can paint a fuller and more accurate picture with carefully curated resources.
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  • A Trauma-Informed Approach to Teaching the Colonization of the Americas

    Preparing for the emotions that may arise from discussions of genocide and oppression can help teachers avoid traumatizing students.
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  • Incorporating Students’ Native Languages to Enhance Their Learning

    Teachers don’t have to speak students’ first languages to make room for these languages in middle and high school classrooms.
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