In our world, our communities and, importantly, in our schools, we face a diversity of identities and perspectives. Join us for this afterschool workshop to learn about Facing History’s new resource, My Part of the Story. With six lessons, the resource provides a fresh and engaging way to begin a course in United States history, literature, or civic life. This unit arrives at a moment in American life when it is more important than ever for all students—regardless of who they are or where they come from—to understand the value of their individual voices in the story of the United States.
The resource begins by focusing on the factors that influence identity—the ways that we define ourselves and others—and it ends by examining a question that has resonated throughout American history, just as it does today: What does it mean to be American? We will introduce you to teaching strategies and activities that not only help students explore their own identities but also can be adapted to build historical empathy for individuals in history and a deeper understanding of characters in literature.
In the workshop, you will:
Learn about a powerful framework for engaging students in a study of American history, literature, or civic life.
Learn and participate in teaching strategies that build community in the classroom, sharpen students’ critical thinking, and develop their voices.
Acquire new primary and secondary sources—including the voices of many teenagers reflecting on their individual and collective identities—that forge connections between the history and literature students study and their current lived experience.
Engage with discussion strategies that support the discussion of current and controversial conversations in the classroom.
After this workshop you will:
become part of the Facing History educator network, with access to a rich slate of educator resources, including downloadable unit and lesson plans, study guides, and multimedia resources.
This workshop is intended for upper middle and high school social studies, US History, English/Language Arts and humanities teachers.
Dinner will be served, and teachers will receive 2.5 clock hours for full participation.