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History eNews from Emerging America - November 28, 2018

Published on Wed, 11/28/2018


  • Free Webinar on Media Literacy and Civic Engagement. Gain insights on these vital components to 2018 History and Social Science Curriculum Framework and the new Civic Engagement legislation. December 10 - 5:00-6:30pm. Register.
  • New accessible lesson at on Magna Carta. (See bottom of page below).

Webinar: Media Literacy and Civic Engagement

Promoting Active Learning in the K-12 Classroom and Community

Picture of a stamp from June 16, 1965. 

Magna Carta U.S. Postage Stamps, first day covers and flyer, June 15, 1965. Private collection and courtesy of Martha Hopkins

EVENTS @ EMERGING AMERICA - Info & Registration.

Contact HISTORY AND CIVICS EDUCATION COURSES World Geography and History: Designing Grades 6-7. Gain content knowledge in World Geography and Ancient History. Unpack, examine, and align courses to new History and Social Science standards. Two-day course. Grad credit available. Register.

  • Jan. 29 and Feb. 5 - CES, Northampton.

Integrating Civic Engagement Projects Across the Curriculum. How will YOU meet the new Massachusetts requirement to offer civic engagement projects? Learn the basics. Generate and test fly a specific action plan. Taught by national service-learning and civic engagement leader, Rich Cairn. Two-day course. Grad credit available. Register.

  • Jan. 23 and March 13 - CES, Northampton.


Library of Congress Teacher Blog

  • How Could You Use Primary Sources in Your STEM Classroom? Find Out at the National Science Teachers Association Area Conference on Science Education!
  • Resources from the Library of Congress for Teaching English and Language Arts
  • Remembering “A Thanksgiving Truce”

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

  • November 29 - 6-7:30pm - JFK Presidential Library and Museum - Religion and Politics in America - Register
  • November 29 - 6:30pm - Facing History and Ourselves - Exclusive Webinar: A Conversation with Steven Spielberg: Using Schindler’s List in the Classroom - Register
  • December 1 - 2pm - Historic Northampton - The Search for Lickingwater and the Making of Northampton: An Illustrated Public Talk by John Sinton
  • December 4 - 6-7:30pm - JFK Presidential Library and Museum - From Boston to Yorktown: Tales of the National Trails - Register
  • December 5 - 6-7:30pm - JFK Presidential Library and Museum - Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway Revolution - Register
  • December 6 - 7:00-7:45pm EST. Webinar - FDR and the Four Freedoms. Constitutional Rights Foundation and Barat Foundation. - Register.
  • December 9 - 1-2pm - Pioneer Valley Historic Network - Virtual Tour: Inside the Strathmore Paper Mill - Information  
  • January 3-6 - American Historical Association Annual Meeting - Information and Registration
  • January 15 - 8:30am-3:30pm - Democracy at Risk: Holocaust and Human Behavior - Information and Registration (Fee)
  • January 23 - 4-5pm - Igniting Student Agency Through Civics Literacy (Webinar) - Information (Free)
  • April 4-6 - Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting - Information and Registration

Summer 2019:

  • FREE - $1,200 stipend. July 7-12 or July 21-26. Emerging America NEH Summer 2019 workshop. Forge of Innovation: The Springfield Armory and the Genesis of American Industry. Applications due by March 1.
  • George Washington’s Mount Vernon - Summer Residential Programs - Information
    • June 11-15 - Leadership and Legacy: Lessons from George Washington
    • June 18-22 - Slavery in George Washington’s World
    • July 9-13 - Martha Washington and the Women of the 18th Century
    • July 16-20 - First in Business: George Washington, Mount Vernon, and the New Nation
    • July 30-August 3 - Washington at War: From Soldier to Commander in Chief
    • August 6-10 - The Great Experiment: George Washington and the Founding of the U.S. Government

Other Resources:

New Emerging America Civics Lesson Plan:

The Magna Carta: Due Process from King John to the 14th Amendment and Beyond A new lesson, appropriate for 8th grade civics and adaptable for other grades, asks: What impact did the Magna Carta have on the U.S. Constitution and the shaping of the 14th Amendment? With a particular emphasis placed on the due process of law, students analyze and organize primary source documents ranging from a British Court of Common Pleas from 1610 to Chief Justice Warren’s notes on Miranda v. Arizona in 1966. After looking at the history of due process, students consider a contemporary case in which police use of a robot to kill a man after a standoff is challenged. Students will learn through inquiry and recognize that historical events do not exist in a vacuum, but rather have long term and profound repercussions. Download lesson PDF, or browse the Emerging America teacher Resource Library.   ********************************** History eNews welcomes YOUR news & events. Published Wednesdays; deadline Sunday noon. Archived at - Reply to to be removed from this list. Register for CES events. Teacher-created lessons, primary source sets, & assessments at: Follow Emerging America on Twitter and Facebook.  


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.