History and Social Studies

Feminism for K-12 Students

What Should K-12 Students Learn About Feminism?

By Caitrin Blake March 17, 2015

In K-12 education, the most common debate over gender equity might be hidden biases in the ways teachers treat male and female students. But because feminism, sexism and gender equality inform middle and high school students’ self-perception and knowledge, teachers should recognize the value of discussing them in the classroom. Discussing feminism as defined and… Read More

March is Women’s History Month in the United States. For 2015, the National Women’s History Project has chosen a weaving-centered theme to encourage incorporation of many women’s stories into the “essential fabric of our nation’s history.” Women’s History Month: a chance for young women to learn about their political history Women’s History Month is an excellent opportunity… Read More

Last October in Colorado, Jefferson County student protests brought national attention to their school board’s decision to assess the College Board’s Advanced Placement United States History (APUSH) curriculum to ensure that it would “present positive aspects of the United States and its heritage.” Conservative school boards and politicians increasingly oppose AP U.S. History curriculum Nicknamed… Read More

During Black History Month, educators teach about African-American leaders and movements that are not included in the traditional curriculum. As we seek to develop strong critical thinking skills in our students by problematizing and connecting history education with today, this year presents an excellent opportunity for students to consider the role of race in America’s… Read More

February is Black History Month. Participating in an African-American Read-In is an excellent way for teachers and students to read books, poems and speeches by black authors — and also highlight the importance of literacy. Celebrating African-American authors during Black History Month The National Council of Teachers of English’s Black Caucus held the first African-American… Read More

The majority of America’s educational resources are focused on students inside classrooms. However, there is a growing population of young people who may never, or only partially, engage in formal schooling. The number of homeschooled students is small but growing In 2012, the U.S. Department of Education reported that about 3.4 percent of all age-eligible… Read More

Last week, my son’s class wrote their first persuasive speech. They identified a problem within their school, chose a specific audience, and using facts and research, attempted to persuade their school janitor to join them during recess every Friday to share his obstacle-course building skills with students. This was a small-scale service learning project, but it… Read More

For almost two weeks, students in Colorado’s Jefferson County school district — often shortened to Jeffco — engaged in acts of civil disobedience. Some walked out of class; others rallied before or after school, holding signs saying “Don’t Make History a Mystery” and “Protest IS Patriotism.” The protesters were angry about the JeffCo school board’s proposed committee… Read More

In his 2010 TED talk “Bring on the Learning Revolution,” Sir Ken Robinson suggested that the best evolution in education can be made by moving from a factory-style mechanical model toward an organic model of teaching that adjusts specifically to the people being taught. Robinson’s criticism of education reform should be noted, but the reality… Read More

Now is a great time to be a social studies or government teacher, thanks in part to a multitude of technology resources that can help educators engage students, promote classroom deliberation and develop rich K-12 lesson plans. An excellent example of those resources is the website C-SPAN Classroom, which provides high-quality, up-to-date teaching materials for… Read More

Studying historical facts and figures has been a mainstay in elementary and secondary schools for generations. That’s especially true in government and civics classes, where students learn about the U.S. presidents and their places in history. But memorizing this information can be a monotonous task for some students. Fortunately, technology can help make that job… Read More

By Monica Fuglei May 2014 marked the sixtieth anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, the historic Supreme Court case intended to end the racial segregation of Jim Crow laws in America’s public schools. While minority students in America no longer need armed guards and police dogs to accompany them to their rightful schools, the… Read More

Teaching history is an imposing task, particularly when trying to help students understand how America’s past influences the present. State and national affairs author Colin Woodard has attempted to create modern connections by breaking the U.S. up into regions with very specific characteristics in their dominant culture. Educators can benefit from exploring Woodard’s book, Amercian… Read More

3 Interactive Virtual Field Trips for Social Studies Students

By The Room 241 Team February 25, 2013

With funding problems and increased liability issues abounding, interactive virtual field trips are the most likely way many students today will experience environments outside their classrooms. While actual field trips can give students some hands-on experience and a different perspective on their lessons, these trips are limited to nearby destinations and can take entire school… Read More

5 Lesson Plans for Women’s History Month

By The Room 241 Team February 23, 2013

As March rolls around each year, teachers start creating lesson plans for Women’s History Month that help to emphasize the importance of women throughout history. These lesson plan ideas can help teachers integrate the importance of the role of women in society into many different school subjects. Painting like great women Many people think of Picasso, Monet and van Gogh when… Read More