Austin ISD Social Studies Weekly

September 19-25

Austin ISD Social Studies

Check out the Social Studies website for curriculum, resources, and announcements!

Celebrate Freedom Week and Constitution Day

Social studies secondary department chairs and elementary contacts should record documentation of campus observance of Constitution Day in the google form by September 30.


If you have any questions, please email Jessica Jolliffe.

National History Day Info Session

You are invited to join AISD and the Texas State Historical Association for a short information session about National History Day 2017: whether you are interested in sponsoring a student to enter the contest or you're interested in judging the entries.


WHO: Educators who would like more information

WHEN: Tuesday, October 18, 4:45 pm

WHERE: at the O.Henry Middle School Library.


No commitment, just information. You will be paid for your time.


If you are interested in attending, contact: beth.hudson@austinisd.org.

National History Day 2017

The 2016-2017 year will be filled with research related to the theme Taking a Stand in History. The theme is broad to encourage participants to delve into history, whether it be a topic from the ancient world or the history of their own city.

Literacy Tip: #Hashtags

Checking for student comprehension of text can be as simple (and yet quite complex) as asking students to create hashtags(#). Consider this example:


Ms. Kirchhof's World History class is going to read a brief article on the causes for the decline of the Roman Empire. Before her students begin to read, she tells her students that they will create hashtags for the following tweet using the information in the reading. The hashtags should help the people reading the tweet understand what caused the Roman Empire to fall. One hashtag has been included as an example: #HunsRGonnaGetcha refers to the Germanic invasions of the empire.

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Austin ISD Secondary Social Studies

High School Specialist - Melanie Kirchhof


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