Chicago: The House We Live In - A Facing History Look at Belonging in Our City

Chicago: The House We Live In

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Chicago: The House We Live In - A Facing History Look at Belonging in Our City

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Chicago's people and neighborhoods have a wide range of complex identities. This provides opportunities for engaging interaction, but can also lead to misunderstanding and conflict. How can we better understand the roles identity and belonging have played in Chicago's rich history, including the dynamics of "us" and "them"?

Join us for a one-day workshop that will navigate this question and help us connect to broader historical themes which shed light on contemporary challenges. We will explore significant moments in Chicago history, focusing on the Great Migration, housing segregation, waves of immigration, and aspects of the Civil Rights Movement. Using Facing History resources and pedagogy, including critical literacy strategies, we will also consider how to facilitate discussions with your students about these complicated, relevant histories.


In this workshop, you will:

1. Explore resources in Facing History’s lending library that can be used to teach Chicago history

2. Discover new interdisciplinary teaching strategies that use Chicago history to reinforce historical thinking and literacy skills

3. Explore topics such as identity, membership, and choosing to participate through a local context

4. Engage with discussion strategies that support the discussion of current and controversial conversations in the classroom


This workshop is intended for upper middle and high school US History, English/Language Arts, and humanities teachers.


Breakfast and lunch will be served, and teachers will receive 7 clock hours for full participation.

Wells Community Academy High School
936 N Ashland Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
8:30 am - 3:30 pm

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