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History eNews from Emerging America - October 24, 2018

Published on Wed, 10/24/2018

EMERGING AMERICA HISTORY eNEWS Vol. 5, Issue 39 for October 24, 2018


  • History and Social Science (HSS) Instructional Planning and Implementation Grant. Deepen teachers’ understanding of 2018 HSS Curriculum Framework and use high quality, standards-aligned curricular materials that promote inclusive practices and improved outcomes for all students. Districts may apply for up to $5,000; districts proposing to work with a vendor may apply for up to $10,000. Funds must be spent by June 30, 2019. Request for proposals (RFP). Proposals due by 5pm Nov. 20.
  • Nov. 27 - 5:00-6:30pm - Free Webinar: Understanding the HSS Practice Standards - Kelley Brown, Easthampton High School. DESE & CES. Register.
  • Dec. 10 - 5:00-6:30pm - Free Webinar: Media Literacy & Civic Engagement - Wendy Rivenburgh, YouthLearn.. DESE & CES. Register.
  • Framework on Tour: Unpacking the 2018 HSS Framework. Includes presentation of the Framework and interactive exercise on unpacking its three pillars: Content Standards, Standards for HSS Practice, and Literacy Standards for History and Social Science. All content areas also administrators welcome. Register.
  • For a century, the Congressional Research Service has provided authoritative and confidential research and analysis for Congress’ deliberative use on many thousands of topics. Reports now being made available online! (Starting from now, adding reports backwards.)
  • Teddy Roosevelt papers now online at Library of Congress - Info
  • Nov. 8 - 4:30-7pm - Edward M. Kennedy Center - Boston. We the People Competition Middle School Showcase planning meeting. Contact

World Geography and Ancient Civilizations and the World Digital Library

Image of a circle with markings within the inside.

Timbuktu, founded around 1100 as a commercial center for trade across the Sahara Desert, was also an important seat of Islamic learning from the 14th century onward. The libraries of Timbuktu contain many important manuscripts, in different styles of Arabic scripts, which were written and copied by Timbuktu’s scribes and scholars. These works constitute the city’s most famous and long-lasting contribution to Islamic and world civilization. This early 18th-century text was written to train scholars in the field of astronomy, a science that Islamic tradition traces back to Adam and to the prophet Idris. The author discusses, among many other aspects of astronomy, how to use the movements of the stars to calculate the beginning of the seasons. He also discusses how to cast horoscopes. The work includes a diagram representing the rotation of the heavens.

EVENTS @ EMERGING AMERICA - Info & Registration.

Contact HISTORY AND CIVICS EDUCATION COURSES World Geography and History: Designing Grades 6-7. Gain content knowledge in World History and Geography. Unpack, examine, and align courses to new History and Social Science standards. Offered twice. Register.

  • Nov. 15 and Dec. 6 - CES, Northampton.
  • 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. Register.

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


Library of Congress Teacher Blog

  • Five Questions with Sasha Dowdy, Program Specialist, Young Readers Center
  • The Theodore Roosevelt Papers: Study the 26th President of the United States with Library of Congress Resources

OTHER RECOMMENDED EVENTS - Across Massachusetts and the U.S

  • October 29 - Marlborough - Mass Council for the Social Studies Fall Conference.
  • November 1 - 5:30pm - UMass History - Domestic Workers Building Dignity and Power, Past and Present - Info
  • November 3 - 10am - 3pm - Montrose. Learn about 8th Grade Civics standards and We the People Program. FREE. Free copy of text, $40 stipend, & food! Contact: James Madison Legacy Project. JMLP We the People Registration
  • November 5 - 5:30pm - UMass History -  Dreams and Nightmares: The Promises and Perils of Revolutionary Visions - Info
  • November 7 - 7pm - Pioneer Valley History Network - Anne Hutchinson, a 21st century woman living in 17th century New England - Info
  • November 17 - 8am- 6pm - JFK Presidential Library and Museum - TEDxBeacon Street 2018 - Info and RSVP
  • January 12, 26; February 2, 9; March 2 - Five College Center for East Asian Studies - Rhode Island 30hr Seminar - Info and Registration  

Other Resources:

  • California History-Social Science Project - Teaching Blog
  • George Washington’s Mount Vernon - Student voice and accessible civics-history through videos at Mt Vernon website - Info
  • Teaching Tolerance - Best Practices for Serving LGBTQ Students - Info

New Accessible Lesson Plan:


  • The Effects of Imperialism on the People of Africa and the Americas

  The legacy of European colonialism in Africa and Latin America has caused lasting geopolitical effects on both continents. A student of World History can easily see the cause and effect relationships between the division of African and Latin American lands by European powers and the lasting effects of modern conflicts by analyzing the following primary source materials. Featured within the set are recommended secondary sources, classroom activity ideas, and primary source sets produced by the Library of Congress. Materials are divided into two sections: Africa and the Americas. Primary sources images and film recordings allow for a well rounded glimpse into the effects of imperialism. (Search and find dozens more exemplary, accessible, free lessons on a variety of topics at Emerging America Teaching Resources.) ********************************** 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.