Chicago: The House We Live In - Memories and Legacies of the 20th Century

Chicago: The House We Live In

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Chicago: The House We Live In - Memories and Legacies of the 20th Century

The 20th century was a particularly vibrant and complicated one in Chicago history. Immigration and the Great Migration brought newcomers into our city, diversifying neighborhoods and complicating our local identity. Ida B. Wells’ anti-lynching activism, race riots in 1919, housing segregation, and educational inequity have all left their mark on the Second City and their legacies remain today.

This one-day workshop will navigate the “us” and “them” dynamics of race in Chicago’s rich history and help us connect to broader historical themes which shed light on contemporary challenges. Using Facing History resources and pedagogy, we will explore how to facilitate discussions with your students about these complicated, relevant stories.

In this workshop, you will:

  • Explore topics such as identity, membership, and choosing to participate through a local context
  • Explore resources that can be used to teach Chicago history
  • Engage with interdisciplinary teaching strategies that support literacy skills, historical thinking skills, and 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 unit and lesson plans, study guides, and multimedia
  • Be able to borrow books and DVDs through our online lending library at no cost


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.



Facing History and Ourselves
2 N LaSalle
2nd Floor Conference Center
Chicago, IL 60602
8:30 am - 3:30 pm

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