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Historical Super Bowl Notes

Many things made this Super Bowl historical/unique:

  • It's the 50th
  • Peyton Manning is the only QB to win 2 Super Bowls with 2 different teams
  • Manning also had the 4th worst QB ranking (ironically, beating out Bradshaw, Starr, and Unitas, 1).
  • Gary Kubiak is the first player who won a Super Bowl as a player and head coach (both with the same team... since publication of this, it's been noted correctly that Kubiak LOST 3 with the Broncos as a player, but won 2 as an assistant coach)
  • John Elway is the first player to win a Super Bowl as a player and GM.

A Better Way to Teach History

Very interesting article from The Atlantic:

"The case method goes beyond historical skills and factual content; it aims to hone decision-making skills. Each case is a concentrated story about a specific episode in history. Students are asked what they would have decided had they been, say, an advocate arguing for compulsory public education in 1851, or Theodore Roosevelt deciding whether to intervene in a dispute between labor and industry in 1901. It’s not until after they have fully discussed the case that the historical outcome is revealed to them. (Class participation, even though it is mandatory, is enthusiastic: “We can have 40 hands in the air at any given moment,” Moss tells me.)"

African American Smithsonian Musuem

Coming this fall to the National Mall in Washington, D.C. is the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.

“To understand America, you’ve gotta understand the African American experience,” the museum’s founding director Lonnie Bunch told WCBS 880’s Jane Tillman Irving. “Traditionally, when one views African-American culture, they view it as ancillary, as secondary, as outside of the mainstream.”

Opens September 24, 2016!

Click here for more information.

Before there was Rosa Parks, there was Claudette Colvin.

Most people think of Rosa Parks as the first person to refuse to give up their seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. There were actually several women who came before her; one of whom was Claudette Colvin.

It was March 2, 1955, when the fifteen-year-old schoolgirl refused to move to the back of the bus, nine months before Rosa Parks’ stand that launched the Montgomery bus boycott. Claudette had been studying Black leaders like Harriet Tubman in her segregated school, those conversations had led to discussions around the current day Jim Crow laws they were all experiencing. When the bus driver ordered Claudette to get up, she refused, “It felt like Sojourner Truth was on one side pushing me down, and Harriet Tubman was on the other side of me pushing me down. I couldn't get up."

More Interesting Facts, here.

Election Politics

The 2016 Election is officially underway with the Iowa Caucuses completed. Once every four years, we get to geek out for MONTHS about what all this means until November. Have fun with this with your students. Find ways to incorporate this in your classes. Look for fun ways to explain things to your students like this one on how the Iowa Caucus works, see below.

Here are some resources that can help:

Summer School Options

Please remind students that we have online summer options for Government and US History. Last year, we had 1 US History class and 2 Government classes. But they seem to fill up late and we never know if they will actually make until the last minute.

If you have students who need these classes, and may succeed in an online environment, please consider this option for them.

Student Growth Measures for MP2

Just a reminder to have students doing the SECOND GROWTH MEASURE before the Semester ends. Please remember to keep your spreadsheet updated so that you don't have to fill it all in later in June!

The End of SOLs?

Update: So... interesting turn of events. The Bill died. Apparently, they want to "improve SOL tests" and can't do that if there aren't many left. This means, for the foreseeable future, the SOLs will remain as they are.
I saw the first episode of Mercy Street, and while I wasn't "blown away," I think it's going to do a great job at show how the war played out at home, on the streets. It will also have a focus on women in the war. I often hear how our female students don't like history because it's all about battles, so this show may peak their interest.

If I could only avoid seeing "Ted," when Josh Radnor is on the screen.

It appears that there are only 6 episodes, so far. But I think it would still be good for a history class.

2015 Curriculum Framework

UPDATE: This has been approved. The details of the Framework are here, but this means will be using the new Framework starting in the 2017 - 2018 school year.

Teacher|Student Opportunities

Roots of Liberty Student Essay Contest

Roots of Liberty is an organization that tries to make the Federalist Papers understandable to students. They also have a student essay contest with the question, "To what extent, if any, is the federal government restricted by the powers enumerated under Article 1 of the Constitution of the United States in the regulation of ONE of the following: voting rights, marijuana, or the environment?"

Sounds perfect for We The People students.

Deadline is April 15, 2016

Click here for more info.

What Every American Should Know

Is the Bill of Rights the most important thing all Americans should know? The Aspen Institute Citizenship & American Identity Program is asking Americans what they think every American should know. So far, the Bill of Rights is #1.

But what do you think?

Check it out here.

The Power of Place: Land and Peoples in Appalachia

The James Age Film Project and the University of North Carolina Asheville welcome your interest in our two-week NEH 2016 Summer Institute, The Power of Place: Land and Peoples in Appalachia. If you are a K-12 educator, we invite you to consider joining the institute, from July 10 to July 22, at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, North Carolina.

Our two week institute will use environmental history to examine the role of landscape in the shaping of culture and history, with the Southern Appalachians as a powerful case study. Using the experience of Appalachia, we will see how environmental history presents new questions to interrogate past events, encourages an interdisciplinary approach to the study of place, and presents an excellent opportunity for team teaching in the classroom. deadline is March 1, 2016.

Check it out, here.

Demon Times: Temperance, Immigration and Progressivism in an American City

Program Description: The goal of the program is to consider the roles of Westerville, Ohio and Columbus, Ohio as landmark cities central to the themes of Temperance, immigration, and the Progressive movement in American history and culture. The Columbus area is a unique landmark allowing us to consider how the landscape and architecture of a major Midwestern city and a nearby small town are simultaneously typical of the American experience and a unique landscape of American reform traditions.

The influential Temperance organization the Anti-Saloon League was based in Westerville, a Columbus suburb. The Anti-Saloon League's influence and methodology was scientific and unapologetic in its approach, aiming directly at alcohol, Catholics, and immigrants. Columbus was home to a large German immigrant population, with an attendant brewing industry. The juxtaposition of these two elements makes for a unique landmark allowing us to consider the collision between immigrants and advocates of temperance in the Progressive era. July 10-15 and July 24-29, 2016.

Check it out here: Application Deadline: March 1, 2016.

World War One @ the Virginia Historical Society

How has our understanding of the war changed in the last century? How do historians view the legacies of the war today? How can teachers make the most of primary sources from

the era, particularly local sources in Virginia?

March 1, 2016


12pm to 4pm

To register online, please visit their page.

Teaching World War One: 100 Years Later is the first program in the Virginia Historical

partnership with the University of Richmond’s Department of History.

Instructional Ideas

Click here to go to the HCPS SOL Resources WikiPage

Digital resources for SOL courses including state guidelines, online textbooks, and other resources to use in the classroom.

Exploring History, Volume III

Though it's restricted to the iPad, Peter Pappas has published his third version of a primary source textbook for free. Teachers and students can use this. What's nice about this is it combines US History and World History.

The topics include: American and World History units (in chronological order) Finding Egyptian Needles in Western Haystacks by Heidi Kershner, Pompeii by Caleb Wilson, Samurai: Sources of Warrior Identity in Medieval Japan by Ben Heebner, The Declaration of Independence by David Deis, Reconstruction in Political Cartoons by EmmaLee Kuhlmann, Regulation Through the Years by Chenoa Musillo Olson and Sarah Wieking, Battle of the Somme by John Hunt, The Lynching of Leo Frank by Jeff Smith, The Waco Horror by Alekz Wray, The Harlem Renaissance by Monica Portugal, A Date of Infamy by Mollie Carter, Anti-Vietnam War Imagery by Felicia Teba, Examining the Ongoing Evolution of American Government by Eric Cole.

Download it for free here.

Do You Like Simulations?

Found this huge database of Social Studies simulations in a Google Doc. It hits Sociology, US History, World History, Economics... and more!

Check it out.

Six Degrees of Separation

I've brought this idea up before, but I thought about it again while thinking about authentic assessments. This activity would be great for any student, 6 - 12 grade. I found it in the APUSH world, but it works with any content area.

Here's what you do:

  1. Either create a worksheet or have the kids make one where you start out with an event in history, anything.
  2. Create 2 - 6 boxes that the students will use to fill in with their research. You can decide how much they can handle. Maybe 6th grade just has two boxes to research, while APUSH kids have 6 boxes.
  3. Create a last event for the students. So for example:

  • War of Austrian Succession (teacher provides this)
  • Student Research 1
  • Student Research 2
  • Student Research 3 (optional)
  • Student Research 4 (optional)
  • Student Research 5 (optional)
  • Student Research 6 (optional)
  • Revolution of 1848 (teacher provides this)

Once you give this to the students, they:

  1. Create a next step for Research 1, it's their choice, it just has to make sense. They then write a few sentences explaining the link from the War of Austrian Succession, so they could write, "Louis XVI came to the throne at a time when the French monarchy was at one of its lowest points."
  2. They continue this for each "degree" you want them to complete. 6 Degrees of Separation means they research 6 topics. How many they research is up to you.
  3. Here's another example using US History.
  4. The fun of this is the different paths students will take, which can be shared in the class.

This is a good way for students to see that there are many answers in history, and many paths. Not just the one the textbook or SOL Framework lays out.

Who Started World War One?

An article from last year:

"Serbia bore the greatest responsibility for the outbreak of WW1. Serbian nationalism and expansionism were profoundly disruptive forces and Serbian backing for the Black Hand terrorists was extraordinarily irresponsible. Austria-Hungary bore only slightly less responsibility for its panic over-reaction to the assassination of the heir to the Habsburg throne."

Read more here.

Vote Jerry Mandering

Wheel Decide

I love observing for many reasons. I know it makes some folks nervous, and I apologize for any of that, but I learn a lot from you all during my observations. For example, I observed Ashley Kelly at Tuckahoe the other day and she used a tool call Wheel Decide to call on students in class.

Basically, she had all her students name on the wheel, hit spin, and whoever it landed on had to answer the question. It's a great classroom management tool. I'm sure there are others like this, but if you haven't used one, this could be a good one for you.

Practice it as school first, though. The website appeared different at school than at home. But basically, you just create a wheel, type in kids names, and done!

Trivia and Other Balderdash

Trivia 2015 - 2016: Teachers- 9 and Me- 7

Last week:

Sky Boggs was the winner. All the answers below are people who supposedly knew Marilyn Monroe "very well."

  • His play best tells the story of the Salem Witch Trials and the Cold War. (Arthur Miller)
  • This actor used the Queen of Diamonds to prevent an assassination. (Frank Sinatra)
  • Jellybeans anyone? (Ronald Reagan)
  • This 1978 book detailed life with this abusive actress. (Joan Crawford)
  • Paul Simon wondered where he was. (Joe DiMaggio)

This week: "Connections". For this, you need to answer each of the following questions, and then figure out what they ultimately have in common. The answers aren't what is in common.... you have to take one more step.

  • He was a uniting Junker.
  • It's a pejorative word for making someone buy their own dinner.
  • Teddy's first love and first lady
  • Bob Marley's right hand man
  • Superman's worst movie girlfriend

What do they all have in common?


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