ESC Region 17 Social Studies

History Rocks! Volume 3, Issue #5

“Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations.”

—Dr. Mae Jemison, first African-American female astronaut

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Around the Region

Spring Semester 2020 Opportunities

Title III: Elementary EL Students and Literacy Instruction

For K-5 ELAR/Social Studies Teachers

Session # 684645, March 10, South Conference C

Learn about strategies for literacy instruction in the content areas specifically to help EL students make connections while closing the gaps.

8th Grade Social Studies Success STAAR Review Day

Session # 657241 March 30, 2020, South Conference C

High School U.S. History EOC Success Day of Review

Session # 657279 April 1, 2020, South Conference C

Citizen Bee High School Regional Competition

When: March 2, 2020, time is still TBD but during the school day

Where: Region 17 Education Service Center

Who: 9-12 grade students with sponsor

Why: It's all about that Civic Education!!! And, the contest provides a chance for students to show their knowledge of U.S. History and government, prizes, t-shirts, and a chance to compete at the State Citizen Bee competition in Austin.

Complete the following google form if you have a group of kids interested. The registration deadline is February 21, 2020.

And here is the link to Law-Related Education's website with more information about this contest...

Around the State of Texas

Changes to 8th Grade STAAR and U.S. History EOC for Spring 2020

2019-2020 Summative Assessments

Enhancements being introduced to 2019-2020 social studies assessments include the following:

-Lead-in statements that provide students with introductory context and helpful information

-Use of all uppercase letters to highlight emphasis words such as MOST or BEST

-Greater focus on student understanding and critical thinking skills rather than rote memorization

House Bill 1244: Field Testing in 2019-2020

-United States Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) civics test questions will be field-tested on the May 2020 U.S. History STAAR test.

-USCIS civics test questions will be in multiple-choice format.

-USCIS civics questions on the May 2020 U.S. History STAAR test will not be counted in the calculation of student scores or campus and district accountability ratings.

For more information, email Sabrina Blankenship

Around the Nation and World

Social Studies Resource Spotlight

Just a Little Social Studies Skills Practice

Sabrina S. Blankenship

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