Austin ISD Social Studies News
Vol. 17, August 2016
We hope that you have enjoyed your summer and are refreshed, rejuvenated, and ready to teach social studies! In order to help support the work you do preparing for students, we have new curriculum documents this year called Yearly Planning Guides (YPGs) and Student Planning Guides (SPGs) and they are only available on the social studies website!
Please take a look at them, as we have restructured the units within each course to better support student mastery of the standards as well as make connections across the curriculum.
Additionally some of your colleagues have been at work with us, updating exemplar lessons to reflect best practices and our district initiatives: Whole Child, Literacy, and Technology. These are found linked in the new curriculum documents and available on the website.
If you have any questions or would like a planning partner, let Melanie know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Austin ISD Secondary Learning Opportunities
Suggested Resources for 16-17
Perspectives for a Diverse America
Perspectives for a Diverse America is a literacy-based curriculum that marries anti-bias social justice content with rigor. This resource can help teachers select multimedia texts for students to explore. The texts encourage students to question common understandings, consider multiple viewpoints, analyze and critique power relationships, and act to change unfair and unequal conditions.
Check out the Class Activities timelines, because they are examples of how to use HSTRY timelines as student portfolios, reading logs, interest inventories, and vocabulary activities.
Austin ISD High School Social Studies
High School Specialist - Melanie Kirchhof
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