ESC Region 17 Social Studies

History Rocks! Volume 4 Issue #5

"...rose the moon in all its beauty, giving light unto her pathway, to her heart the needed courage"

-Poem by Charlotte P. Baxter, 1876, about the legend of Wonoma, a Wampanoag healer who brought peace to her tribe in the time before contact.

Resources for Teaching about Thanksgiving

Plimoth Celebrating 400 Years 1620-2020

(Yes, that is spelled correctly!)

A Story of Survival: The Wampanoag and the English

A Thanksgiving Lesson Plan Booklet from a Native American Perspective for Elementary Students. (K-4) But some great resources for all age groups!

WE STILL LIVE HERE: Âs Nutayuneân (trailer)

The Myth of Thanksgiving

November 18 at 4pm EST

Inspired by the 2015 film The Pilgrims, American Experience presents a special discussion sharing Native American perspectives on the arrival of European settlers in New England, 400 years ago. The conversation will examine the experiences of Native populations at the time of the settlers' arrival, what is actually known about the first Thanksgiving, and how native tribes see themselves in today's construction of the United States.

Featured guests include:

· Linda Coombs, Aquinnah Wampanoag, historian and independent scholar

· Cassius Spears, Knowledge Keeper and Narragansett Tribal Member

The discussion will be moderated by Yvonne Russo, a filmmaker and member of the Sicangu Lakota Tribal Nation. Special remarks to be provided by writer and director of The Pilgrims, Ric Burns.

Register for the Webinar here...

The event takes place on November 18 from 4-5pm EST and will be live streamed for free through our YouTube and Facebook pages.

The Year We Had Two Thanksgivings!!!

Read about FDR's role in the modern date of Thanksgiving!

Honor Native American Heritage Month (PBS Style)

Students will participate in an escape-room-style gallery walk. Divide your students into groups and work through activities in different virtual “rooms,” each focused on a figure from history.

Bullock Museum of Texas History American Indian Heritage Celebration

Join us for a celebration of American Indian Heritage!

Thursday, November 19th, 10:00 am – 10:30 am

Gather the family in the comfort of your home to enjoy virtual storytimes and demonstrations of hands-on activities for kids of all ages.

Celebrate Native American Heritage Month with a lively re-telling of the Chickasaw tale, Baby Rattlesnake, by Native American Storyteller Amy Bruton Bluemel.

Take part in the story by creating a unique rattle to shake along with the rattlesnake in the story.

This program is FREE to the public - all you need to do is register for the livestream!

A Texas First Thanksgiving in 1598????

Read about what some Texans claim is the first Thanksgiving!

Giving Thanks: Telling More Complete Narratives About Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

7–8 PM ET

Learn about the food traditions practiced by different Native communities, as well as why some communities give thanks throughout the year. Teachers will then engage with suggested resources and discuss appropriate strategies they can use in their classrooms. Recommended for teachers grades K–8.


Happenings Around the Region

Museum of Texas Tech Survey

The Museum would love to find out how they can help classroom teachers in the area. If you could fill out the quick google form for them, that would be awesome!!!

Region 17 Social Studies Office Hours

Just like the old college days, ESC 17 is having virtual office hours!!! When you need some weekly support during your conference period, lunch or after school, sign up weekly for our open office hours. Register using the link below. Then, click on the google form below to sign up for a time! The time slots are for 30 minutes. You only need to register in ESCWorks once, but you can "show up" for office hours any of the days below!!!!

Monday, November 16, 2020

Monday, November 30, 2020

Monday, December 7, 2020

Historically Speaking Weekly After School Virtual Chats

Join us every Thursday after school, from 4:00-5:00 for our Historically Speaking chats. Each week we will have a different topic/resource/strategy to talk about or practice! And then we will have time to share and stay connected to each other!

Thursday, November 19- Texas Road Trips

Thursday, December 3-Social Studies Updates

Thursday, December 10- Getting Ready for Spring Semester

Differentiation in the Social Studies Classroom Online

During this self-paced course, social studies teachers will be provided with resources, tools, and instructional support for a variety of learners in the classroom. The course starts on November 2, 2020, and runs until the end of the school year.

Depth and Complexity in the Social Studies Classroom

This self-paced online course will focus on the elements of Depth and Complexity in our social studies classrooms. The course is designed to provide teachers the tools they need to differentiate for their gifted learners. Starts December 7, 2020.

Happenings Around Texas, the United States, and the World

Explorers, Makers and Merchants: An Investigative Journey into Global Commodities

Click Here to Register!

Last Chance to Register for:

Explorers, Makers, and Merchants: An Investigative Journey into Global Commodities

Date/Time: Nov 21, 2020 10:30 AM in Central Time (US and Canada)

Topic: Explorers, Makers, and Merchants: An Investigative Journey into Global Commodities

Description: Turn your classroom into an immersive world journey through activities that encourage investigation and collaborative learning. Track everyday commodities across time and space to reveal enduring economic and social Impacts. Leave with a complete investigative tool kit that will assist with enhancing students' critical thinking skills, decision-making skills, and a better understanding of geographic, historical, and cultural literacy. Registration deadline: Friday, November 20, 2020.

CPE credits: 1.5

Content area(s) and grade level(s): Grades 9-12 World/Human Geography; Grades 9-12 World History

Focus Instructional Area: Pre AP/AP/IB, Social Studies skills

Humanities Texas Teacher Institutes Fall Webinar Series 2020

Check out the FREE webinar series from Humanities Texas. These webinars are after school so no substitute needed.

Teaching Texas History

Shaping the American Republic

Teaching Slavery in the Early Republic

The Making of Modern America

Race and Reform in the 1920s

Please contact us with any questions:

Texas Law-Related Education Professional Development Opportunities for 8th Grade and EOC Teachers!!!!

Once again, the folks at Texas Law-Related Education have found a way to bring their training to us during the pandemic!

They have revamped their Teaching the Tough TEKS for the 8th grade and U.S. History teachers. Click on the links to their flyers to find out more information about each online course.

Register on their Professional Development page at

The 8th-grade course opens October 26, 2020, and High School U.S. History opens October 28th, with some live sessions happening after school hours and on Saturdays! (so no substitute needed!!!)

National Council for the Social Studies Conference

Virtual Conference December 4-6, 2020

Resources Spotlight

A Little Skills Practice!!!

Just in Case You Missed One...

New STAAR/EOC Subscription Boxes for Spring Semester

If you are interested in receiving a primary source kit for 8th grade and US History EOC, fill out the google form!!!

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