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History eNews from Emerging America – May 8, 2019

Published on Wed, 05/08/2019

Teachers in an Accessing Inquiry course practice use of a complex text set to engage and support diverse learners. Mars Hill University, North Carolina. March, 2019.  


Learn to Apply Universal Design to History Lessons


EVENTS @ EMERGING AMERICA – Info & Registration.



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

Teaching Grades K-5 Civic Engagement and Social StudiesInstructor Laurie Risler. Register. Optional 1 grad credit.

  • July 8-9 – South Hadley Public Library.

Understanding and Teaching the U.S. Constitution in the 21st Century. Instructor Kelley Brown. Scholar: Akhil Amar. Register. Optional 3 grad credits.

  • July 1 to Aug. 16 – FULLY ONLINE.

Accessing Inquiry for Students with Disabilities through Primary Sources. Instructors Alison Noyes and Laurie Risler. Meets Massachusetts 15-hour requirement for professional development on strategies to teach students with disabilities and diverse learners. Register. Optional 1 grad credit.

  • July 29-30 – South Hadley Public Library.


Library of Congress Teacher Blog

  • Classic Children’s Books Collection Now Online at the Library of Congress
  • May Day…One Phrase with Many Different Meanings
  • Primary Sources for Musical Learning: Exploring the Cuban-American Musical Heritage of Emilio and Gloria Estefan–Diversity and Identity in “The Great Melting Pot”
  • Primary Sources Through Musical Learning: Exploring the Cuban-American Musical Heritage of Emilio and Gloria Estefan Part 2 — Cultural Memory and Musical Legacies

OTHER RECOMMENDED EVENTS – Across Massachusetts and the U.S.

Summer 2019:

  • June 24 – 8:30am-4pm – Massachusetts History Alliance: 15th Annual MA History Conference: Empowering Our Communities Through History – Information
  • June 26-27 – 8:30am-3:30pm – Inquiry Design Model Institute in Burlington with presenter Dr. John Lee – Information and Registration
  • July 9-11 – 8:30am-3:30pm – Facing History and Ourselves: Beyond Borders: Facing Identity, Membership, and Belonging Through US Immigration – Information and Registration (fee)
  • July 18 and 19 – Mivka Challenge: Loyola University – Information and Registration
  • August 6-8 – Facing HIstory and Ourselves: Preparing Students for Civic Life – Information and Registration (fee)


New Blog Post: Teachers Making Lessons Accessible

“I’ve found that if I pick the right primary sources…[I can make the lesson more accessible]. For example, I just gave some students an evacuation poster (after Order 9066 [–forcing Japanese relocation to camps]) that was selected for its minimal text which was heavy on vocabulary they would know or be able to figure out such as dates and places. I gave other students letters to the editor about the Japanese American “evacuation” and internment, and also used political cartoons.  When those groups can share what they learned about the effects of Order 9066, they all have valuable information the other groups didn’t have and it contributes to the whole’s understanding” – Wendy

Students who struggle with reading can have a hard time in social studies and history classes. Teachers in Accessing Inquiry through Primary Sources courses have been using a variety of methods to help. Recent comments from teachers (see above and below) highlight ways that, even before taking other steps to make content more accessible to struggling learners, having students examine letters, cartoons, posters, and photos and drawings of events and places can overcome barriers for participation by students. Click here to read full post.

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Karen Albano

former History eNews Editor, Emerging America
Karen Albano worked with Emerging America from 2015-2020, contributing to many facets of the program including developing curriculum, improving the accessibility of the website to educators, overseeing social media outreach, and editing the History eNews.