Austin ISD Social Studies Weekly

November 14-20

Austin ISD Social Studies

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

2017 Civic Calendar

This year's calendar explores turning points in American history with fifteen landmark Supreme Court cases. It also celebrates your favorite civic holidays and historical milestones by highlighting events, activities, lesson plans, and resources available at the museum or for use in your classroom.


To reserve your FREE 2017 calendar for your classroom, enter your contact information here. The 2017 Civic Calendar will ship in just a few weeks!

Geography Awareness Week 2016

November 13-19


Happy Geography Awareness Week! This year TAGE has lots of resources available for you and will share them throughout the week.

Check your Facebook and/or Twitter for a new resource each day.

UT Hemispheres Exhibit Public Opening

Ernesto Cardenal in Word and Action:
Poetry, Politics, and Priesthood in 20th-Century Nicaragua


Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 4 – 6PM

Benson Latin American Collection, UT Austin campus

Sid Richardson Hall, 1 University Station, Austin, TX 78712

The archive of Nicaraguan poet, priest, and political activist Ernesto Cardenal will open in November at the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection at The University of Texas at Austin. Join us to celebrate the opening of the Ernesto Cardenal Papers at a poetry reading by Cardenal and a roundtable moderated by LLILAS Benson director Virginia Garrard-Burnett, historian, with participation by:

Sergio Ramírez, novelist and former Nicaraguan vice president
Luis Cárcamo-Huechante, UT Austin
Douglass Sullivan-González, University of Mississippi
Eric Selbin, Southwestern University

Free and open to the public. Reception to follow. Read about Cardenal and his historic archive at: http://bit.ly/2drrH00.

iCivics resources: Executive Command

"Whether your students are excited or disheartened by the outcome of last week’s election, they should know that our democratic system of government is resilient and capable of handling even the most difficult transitions. Our Constitution ensures separation of powers, checks and balances, and the rule of law. The popular and newly upgraded game, Executive Command, along with the dynamic teaching resources that accompany it, will help make that clear for our young people.


In his victory speech, Donald Trump pledged, “to be president for all Americans,” and in her concession speech, Hillary Clinton reminded us, “Our constitutional democracy enshrines the peaceful transfer of power.”

As American transitions to a new administration, iCivics is here to help you transition your teaching focus from the election to our institutions."


--Emma Humphries

Chief Education Officer, iCivics

Literacy Tip: Inference Tree

Check out this brief slide presentation that demonstrates a process that students can use to learn how to make an inference.
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Austin ISD Secondary Social Studies

High School Specialist - Melanie Kirchhof


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