My Part of the Story: Exploring Identity in the United States

August 13, 2019
Exploring Identity in the United States

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My Part of the Story: Exploring Identity in the United States

My Part of the Story provides a fresh and engaging way to begin a course in United States history, literature, or civics. This contemporary identity unit helps students explore who they are and where they come from—to understand the value of their individual voices in the story of the United States.  

The workshop, 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:

  1. Learn about a powerful framework for engaging students in a study of American history, literature, or civic life.

  2. Learn and participate in teaching strategies that build community in the classroom, sharpen students’ critical thinking, and develop their voices.

  3. 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.

  4. Receive a copy of My Part of the Story: Exploring Identity in the United States


After this workshop, you will:

  1. Become part of the Facing History educator network, with access to a rich slate of educator resources, including unit and lesson plans, study guides, and multimedia

  2. Be able to borrow books and DVDs through our online lending library at no cost


This workshop is recommended for 7th-12th grade social studies or humanities teachers. Scholarships are available for CPS educators. Illinois Educators can earn 7 clock hours for full participation in this course. Breakfast and lunch will be served. Please contact [email protected]) for information about scholarships or for any other questions.



2nd Floor Conference Center
2 N LaSalle
2nd Floor Conference Center
Chicago, IL 60602
August 13, 2019
8:30 am - 3:30 pm

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