Austin ISD Social Studies News
Vol. 11, December 2015
In this December issue of our Austin ISD Social Studies Newsletter, we have included information about upcoming professional development opportunities inside Austin ISD as well as in the community, information about student opportunities, and highlighted online instructional materials.
Don't forget to check out our updated social studies website for more resources, CRMs, and exemplar lessons!
Austin ISD Secondary Learning Opportunities
LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES OUTSIDE OF AISD
Discussion and Screening: Interpreting the Civil War
December 5, 2015
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Texas Spirit Theater at the Bullock Museum
Price: FREE when you RSVP
UPCOMING STUDENT OPPORTUNITIES
We the Students Essay Contest
Here's the prompt:
Our Founders believed that the Bill of Rights should guarantee your individual liberty. But how has our government compromised on your rights in the name of security?
Students who answer this question in a 500-800 word essay will have a chance to win the grand prize of $5,000 and a scholarship to our annual summer event for students in Washington D.C. There are also a number of cash prizes for runner-ups.
Deadline to Enter: February 7, 2016
RECOMMENDED ONLINE RESOURCES
World Geo: Negotiating Climate Change: Paris 2015 - Free e-lesson from Choices
From November 30 to December 11, countries from around the world will meet to discuss how to deal with climate change. This year, the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) is being held in Paris. The central goal for the Conference is to make a comprehensive and legally binding international agreement on climate change.
In this lesson students will:
- Examine the need for, and challenges associated with, creating an international agreement on climate change.
- Assess the importance of the climate change conference (COP 21) in Paris.
- Monitor the coverage of COP 21 and climate change in the news.
- Analyze how the outcomes of COP 21 and responses to the conference relate to the key issues at stake.
All Subjects: Resource Guide on the Terrorist Attacks in Paris from Choices
GOVT - What's the Deal with the Electoral College? e-Lesson
Bill of Rights Institute Lesson Plan
Austin ISD Secondary Social Studies
Middle School Specialist - David Levee
High School Specialist - Melanie Kirchhof
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