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History eNews from Emerging America - November 16, 2023

Published on Thu, 11/16/2023

Emerging America logo against vista of sky, river, distant mountains.

EMERGING AMERICA HISTORY eNEWS Vol. 10, Issue 9 for November 16, 2023


In this Issue


New lesson plans demonstrate the use of scaffolds and supports for English Learners

Intro to the Lessons 

Images from the six teaching resources with titles


The English Learner Collaborations web page links to lessons that demonstrate ways to use primary sources with language-learners. 


Events @ Emerging America - Info & Registration.

Mark your calendars for these Emerging America courses and workshops. Contact or

Graduate Courses - Online

PDPs / or optional grad credit available from Westfield State University.  

Scholarships for Winter Courses - Registration fees of $100


Presentations and Recordings from Emerging America

Upcoming Presentations and Past Recordings from Emerging America

See complete list of short webinars, poster presentations, and more.

  • National Council for the Social Studies - Nashville - December 1-3, 2023.
    • Info on the NCSS 2023 NCHE Conference
    • Rich Cairn, Emerging America will present on the Reform to Equal Rights: K-12 Disability History Curriculum
    • Alison Noyes, English Learner Collaborations/MCSS will present on 'What Do ESL Teachers Wish You Knew' 
  • Watch for other highlights on inclusion as they develop. 
"Belchertown State School" words are projected on a classroom whiteboard beside two smiling presenters.

Emerging America’s Rich Cairn, and Special Education teacher Kate Anderson, President of the Friends of the Belchertown State School presented an Election Day workshop featuring the Reform to Equal Rights: K-12 Disability History Curriculum. Contact Rich about scheduling workshops for your school district or organization. 




    News from the Library of Congress

    What's New?


    TPS Teachers Network - Teachers with interest in working with primary sources are welcome to join this network. Featured this issue - (log in to see Discussions; no log-in needed for Albums):



    Library of Congress Teacher Blog

    • Remembering Armistice Day with a Speech from Woodrow Wilson
    • Exploring the Great Migration with Primary Sources in Different Formats
    • Celebrating the Mighty Pumpkin with Primary Sources from the Library
    • Capturing Student Attention and Imagination with Association Membership Cards and Certificates
    • Enhance Your STEM Classroom with Primary Source Analysis at NSTA’s Fall 2023 Conference
    • Primary Sources and Agency
    • Highlighting Science in Indigenous Cultures During Hispanic Heritage Month
    • Piquing Student Curiosity About the 100th Anniversary of the Constitution with Sheet Music


    Disability History Resources & Updates

    Genocide and Disability

    The Reform to Equal Rights: K-12 Disability History Curriculum features a lesson on The Dehumanizing Effects of Eugenics which deconstructs eugenics arguments as well as documenting it as a form of genocide. 

    "Stop Forced Sterilization" in English and Spanish, info on protest rally, with smiling child with raised fist with Black, Indigenous, & Latina women
    Stop Forced Sterilization. Rachel Romero. San Francisco Poster Brigade. (1977). Library of Congress.


    Other Events

    Online unless noted. “Hybrid” events are both virtual and in-person.


    Other Resources


    New Blog Post:  Paired History and ESL lessons demonstrate support for language learners

    By Alison Noyes, Emerging America

    The English Learner Collaborations project has added new lesson plan examples that demonstrate the use of scaffolds and supports for English Learners. 

    A third grade teacher teaching newly arrived immigrant learners might be able to use a lesson in the Language Aware Social Studies unit (on daily life in Colonial Massachusetts), yet wait with other lessons from the set until students have gained language skill. With the new language-learning lessons, the English Learner Collaborations project addresses each topic with multiple approaches. All strategies are offered as applied examples that can be transferred to other content as needed.

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    Rich Cairn

    Civics and Social Studies Curriculum and Instruction Specialist, Collaborative for Educational Services
    Rich Cairn founded Emerging America in 2006, which features the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources program at the Collaborative for Educational Services, and the National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks of American History program, "Forge of Innovation: The Springfield Armory and the Genesis of American Industry." The Accessing Inquiry clearinghouse, supported by the Library of Congress TPS program promotes full inclusion of students with disabilities and English Learners in civics and social studies education.