Taking Informed Action and Constructing an Argument

Taking Informed Action

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Taking Informed Action and Constructing an Argument

The IL Social Studies Standards call for students to become more prepared for the challenges of college, career, and civic life by adding an essential, experiential element to social studies education and standards. This workshop will support teachers with practical resources that can be used to do this.  We will explore resources which emphasize investigating and analyzing evidence from rich primary sources and discuss performance tasks and projects that encourage students to take informed action.


Participants will discuss informed action and its three parts:

(1) Reflect on the steps active and responsible citizens take to identify and analyze public problems;

(2) Deliberate with other people about how to define and address issues;

(3) Take constructive, collaborative action and reflect on those actions. Through this process, students develop the capacity to work together to apply knowledge to real problems, developing skills crucial to success in college and the 21st-century workplace.   


In this workshop you will:

  • Discover new interdisciplinary teaching strategies using primary sources

  • Receive resources to support teaching argumentative writing and informed action


This workshop is recommended for upper middle and high school social studies, civics, and humanities teachers.



Facing History and Ourselves
2 N LaSalle
2nd Floor Conference Center
Chicago, IL 60602
4:30 pm - 7:00 pm

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