Social Studies Scoop
A Monthly Bulletin for 6-12 Social Studies Teachers in CCS
In this edition:
- PD Survey
- Middle School Content Experts PD
- Get ConnectED in CCS: Empowering Learners
Curriculum and Instruction
- Black History Month
Ohio's State Tests
- Edulastic Assessments for American History & American Government
- Level-Up Newsletters
- Mock Trial Recognition
- Northland Law Class Public Policy Proposals
- Spring Debate
External Professional Development
- TAH.org History and Literature Summer Seminars
- DBQ Workshop at Bowling Green
Middle School Content Experts PD 2019
In session 1, we began by sharing about our formative experiences as social studies students. Teachers shared stories about classes that inspired them and shaped their thinking about social studies education. Next, we examined three pedagogical models of social studies: Citizenship Transmission, Social Science Disciplinary Tools, and Reflective Inquiry (Pragmatism). (See the file below for more details.) Session 1 concluded with a Kahoot review and prizes awarded.
Session 2 will have participants collaborating on strategies to meet disciplinary thinking skills for History and Geography.
Remaining Content Expert meetings will be held: February 12, March 12, April 9, May 7. All meetings are 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. The location will be announced to participants via email.
Curriculum & Instruction
Black History Month Resources
Teaching Hard History
Teaching Hard History is led by Professor Hasan Jeffries of The Ohio State University. Dr. Jeffries has been a long-time friend to the CCS Social Studies Department through his work with our Teaching American History grants and Urban Studies Institute. You can access his past presentations through the History Speaks website and Urban Studies Institute page.
Do's and Don'ts
Teaching Tolerance also has a good list of Do's and Don'ts for Black History Month here.
Newsela: Making Things That Change The World: STEAM & The Black Experience
Newsela had created lesson plans and text sets for Black History month that help students understand what systemic racism is and how it affects the lives of people of color all over the world. Lessons focus on African-American achievements in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art + design, and math). You can access these free lessons and readings here: https://newsela.com/text-sets/286525.
Local African-American History
To incorporate local African-American history, check out the Teaching Columbus Blog: Unsung Heroes, Ordinary People, and Local Triumphs. Topics address include the Underground Railroad in Columbus, King-Lincoln and the Harlem Renaissance, and the desegregation of Columbus Schools.
Ohio's State Tests
New Edulastic Assessments for American History and American Government
- 1.1 Historical Thinking and Skills
- 1.2 Historic Documents
- 2.1 Industrialization, Immigration, and Urbanization
- 2.2 The Progressive Era
- 2.3 Jim Crow and the Great Migration
- 3.1 American Imperialism and World War I
- 3.2 Post-World War I
- 4.1 Social Change in the Roaring Twenties
- 4.2 The Great Depression
- 5.1 U.S. Entry in World War II
- 5.2 The American Home Front
- 6.1 Cold War America
- 7.1 Postwar Boom
- 7.2 The Civil Rights Movement
- 7.3 Migration and Immigration
- 7.4 The New Frontier, Great Society, and Role of Government
- 8.1 Globalization and American Foreign Policy
- 1.1 Public Policy and Civic Involvement
- 1.2 Political Parties, Interest Groups, and the Media
- 1.3 Civic Participation and Skills
- 2.1 Basic Principles of the Constitution
- 2.2 Federalists and Anti-Federalists
- 2.3 The Bill of Rights
- 3.1 Three Branches of Government
- 3.2 Ohio's State and Local Governments
- 4.1 Rights and Responsibilities
- 4.2 Evolution of the Constitution
- 4.3 Civil Rights
- 5.1 Fiscal Policy
- 5.2 Monetary Policy
Level-Up Weekly Newsletter
High School Mock Trial
Special kudos to Centennial HS (Brady McCullough, advisor) for advancing to the regional competition on February 15!
Individual awards from CCS included:
Tyler Morefield - Outstanding Attorney
Meena Kalil - Outstanding Witness
Columbus North International (Leanne Sunderman, advisor)
Jerimiah Pinkins - Outstanding Attorney
Washington Cole - Outstanding Witness
Whetstone HS (Karen Ballmer, Bethany Bell, advisors)
Audrey Beers - Outstanding Attorney
Maddy Burns - Outstanding Witness
Grace Djaodo - Outstanding Witness
Megan Harrison - Outstanding Witness
Whetstone Mock Trial Teams
Columbus North International Mock Trial Team
Northand Law Class Public Policy Proposals
The meeting resulted from letters students wrote to Rep. Kent to encourage her support of the bill to modify graduation requirements for the classes of 2019 and 2020.
Congratulations Tom and Northland students for taking informed civic action!
Northland HS Law Class with State Rep. Kent
Spring HS Policy Debate Competition
- Resolved: The Columbus City School District should reduce the number of schools it operates.
For resources and registration information, check out the Spring 2019 Debate folder: https://tinyurl.com/debatehsSpring19
External Professional Development
Leveraging Literacy in Social Studies and Language Arts: Evidence-Based Writing with the DBQ Project
Saturday, February 23 | 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. | 203 Education, Bowling Green State University
Teaching American History.org's 2019 History and Literature Summer Seminars
Open to both Social Studies, History, and English/Language Arts teachers at any level, the seminars will delve into the history and meaning of America through the words of historical figures great and small, as well as through the prose and verse of the nation’s writers.
Session 1: The Civil War in American History & Literature - July 7 to July 12, 2019
Session 2: The World Wars in American History and Literature - July 14 to July 19, 2019
Each seminar will be taught by a historian or political scientist teamed with a literary scholar. Classes can be completed for 2 hours of graduate credit at Ashland University ($1,156), or audited ($578). Additionally, room and board is available for $475.