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History eNews from Emerging America - August 11, 2021

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Published on Wed, 08/11/2021

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EMERGING AMERICA HISTORY eNEWS Vol. 8, Issue 17 for August 11, 2021

Updated August 19 with addition of Fall History's Mysteries Institute (begins October 4) and course name correction for Accessing Inquiry for English Learners (begins October 29).


  • News
  • Events @ Emerging America 
  • New at the Library of Congress
  • Disability History Resources & Updates
  • Other Professional Development Events
  • Other Resources
  • New Accessible Lesson: Immigrant Stories: Why we came, and what we brought with us. Grade 2. Info on the Lesson


Emerging America Fall Courses (enrollment opens SOON!)

Develop a Mystery for Your Own Classroom: History's Mysteries Institute

Fully online. Five modules delving into the techniques that makes History's Mysteries students' favorite part of the school day.  Virtual sessions will be held on October 4 and December 6 from 4 - 5:15p ; Online office hours with the instructors will also be available. Registration Deadline: September 27. Learn more.

History's Mysteries unit illustration showing 5 lessons: What do Historians Do? What are Push and Pull Factors? Why Do People Move? What is a Refugee? and What was the Great Migration?

Teaching America's Diverse Classrooms

Accessing Inquiry for English Learners through Primary Sources  

Course begins October 29, 2021. Fully online. Learn more.  Oxfam America's Migration and Protection Campaign leader Isra Chaker. By Kate Deciccio. Amplifier Art Machine for Social Change.



  • Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (MA DESE) is offering a four-hour Civics Project Jumpstart workshop. Register for one of three dates
    • August 25, 9-11am 
    • September 13 and 15, 3-5pm (two sessions) 
    • September 28 and 30, 3-5pm (two sessions) 
  • Welcome Kathryn Gabriel to MA DESE in History and Civics!


  • Emerging America, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Mars College, and the TPS Central Region teamed up with the Ed Leaders Network to create a new 7-hour asynchronous course: Teaching with Primary Sources in the Elementary ClassroomWatch a short video on the course. Your state principals’ association may already belong; or consider a subscription. More info on ELN
  • The University of California San Diego invites teachers to respond to a survey on Teaching about Race and Racism in Schools. Find out more about the survey
  • CES seeks History teachers for the Department of Youth Services! Job Info
  • Next issue of History eNews is September 8. Submit items to by September 1. 


EVENTS @ EMERGING AMERICA - Info & Registration.

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


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

  • Online: Develop a Mystery for Your Own Classroom History's Mysteries Institute - Coming in October (register by September 27)
    • The creators of History’s Mysteries will guide you through deep exploration of this powerful K-5 curriculum and its methods. Choose between customizing a unit for your unique classroom needs or creating a new History’s Mysteries-style lesson on a vital topic.
    • Led by Laurie Risler, with Kelley Brown.
    • Grants 66.5 PDPs or optional 3 graduate credits from Westfield State University.
    • October 4 - December 6;  two synchronous sessions & online office hours. Learn more.


  • Accessing Inquiry for English Learners through Primary Sources: 
    • This popular course returns. Teachers in History, Civics, Social Science, ELA, & ESL gain strategies and tools to support in-depth, inquiry-based learning. Meets 15-hour Massachusetts teacher licensure renewal requirement on teaching English Learners. 
    • Led by Alison Noyes, Program Manager, Emerging America with Wendy Harris, master teacher
    • Available for 22.5 PDPs or optional 1 graduate credit from Westfield State University. 
    • October 29 - December 10



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



  • Library to Host Public Forum. September 2. Register here

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

      You may link directly to these resources. 

Library of Congress Teacher Blog

  • Teaching about Women’s Involvement in the History of Computer Science
  • Changing Historical Perspective with Mathematical Reasoning
  • Inspiring the E(ngineering) in STEM by Exploring the Construction of Pop-up Books (really cool! -A.Noyes)





  • August 12, 7pm Eastern - Putting Books to Work, with Grace Lin - from the Five College Center for East Asian Studies. Event Info
  • August 16, 5:30pm Eastern Time - Webinar - Online Presentation: Clara Barton and the Founding of the American Red Cross - Mass Humanities and Clara Barton Birthplace Museum. Event Info
  • August 16-18 - course: Introduction to Reading Like a Historian Curriculum and Beyond the Bubble History Assessments - Stanford History Education Group. Course Info
  • August 18, 5-6pm Eastern Time - The Province of Affliction: Illness and the Making of Early New England - Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum. Event Info
  • August 19, 7pm Eastern Time - Webinar - “Mouth and Toes: The World of 19th-Century Silhouette Artists with Disabilities” - American Antiquarian Society. Event Info
  • August 26, 10-11:30am Eastern Time - Supporting Civil Discourse in Social Studies: Best Practices for Leaders - Facing History and Ourselves and MA DESE. Workshop Info
  • September 13 - October 30. Online course: Women of the Americas: Early Encounters and Entangled Histories. National Humanities Center. Course Info.





Immigrant Stories: Why we came, and what we brought with us

In this 2nd grade, multi-day lesson on the experiences and contributions of immigrants to the United States, students explore the reasons why people have made life changes in moving to a new country, both earlier in history and recently. Using primary sources spanning a century, students generate questions and investigate answers. Students also interview adults in their lives or at school about their own stories. This lesson was developed by teacher Matt Howell for a second grade class, but could easily work for older students through grade 6. 

The lesson employs Universal Design for Learning and a range of strategies for accessibility, including a mix of primary sources, analysis tools, inquiry-based strategies, and interaction with adults. 

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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.