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HISTORY eNEWS Vol. 1, Issue 15 for DEC. 3, 2014

Published on Wed, 12/03/2014

DEADLINE APPROACHES: UMass Amherst - CES History Institute - Register by Dec. 15 Earn 10 PDPs & $50 gift card for attending any two Feinberg Lectures plus two sessions at CES in Northampton, January 22 and February 26 – 4:30-7:00pm. NEW - Additional sessions: Tues., Dec. 9, 4:00pm – Center for the Yiddish Book: “So how do you like America?”: Discussion for teachers – Josh Lambert, visiting professor of English at UMass Amherst. MUST PRE-REGISTER. The gender and immigration conference in January is Thursday, Feb. 26 and Friday, Feb. 27, NOT Friday and Saturday. There is a scheduled Feinberg Lecture April 6.

NY Common Core Sample Test Questions for ELA Lacking

Published on Sat, 06/23/2012

The good news is that New York State just released sample questions that address the Common Core. Yet if this is what testing mastery of the Common Core looks like, then the standards themselves are in trouble. Let's look closely at one of the questions related to primary sources. The sample 5th grade question below follows a passage about civil rights organizer, Cesár Chavez, accompanied by the photo at left. (Used in the test with permission from the Cesar Chavez Foundation.) 8. According to the passage how were the farmers not treated with respect? A They were not given jobs because of their race. B They were not given suitable working conditions. C They were not allowed to vote. D They were not able to speak for themselves.

The Common Core and Literacy in History

Published on Tue, 03/06/2012

The Common Core approaches the content areas (Social Studies and the Sciences) with a particular emphasis on literacy. This has several implications. First, note that literacy in the Common Core means listening and speaking as well as reading and writing. Audio files from the Library of Congress, for example, have an important role to play. Further, English Language Arts components of the standards incorporate numerical data, audio-visual, and digital information. Census and economic data, historic films, and survey data–all gain importance in the classroom.

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