Three Ways to Teach Civil Rights Through Geography

As we dive into Geography Awareness Week, I start with the reminder to all social studies teachers: social studies is more than just history. It’s economics, psychology, civics, and most importantly (yes, I’m biased) GEOGRAPHY. If you skip out on geography most weeks, make sure that this week you find some time to work it into your plans. This year’s Geography Awareness Week theme is “The … Continue reading Three Ways to Teach Civil Rights Through Geography

This Week in Geographic History, November 28 – December 4

Here’s an advance look at a some of the “This Day in Geographic History” (TDIGH) events coming up this week.  For each date, we’ve matched it with a map or visual, background information, and a classroom activity so you can plan ahead. Tuesday, November 29 TDIGH: Palestine Divided The UN’s 1947 decision to divide the British territory into a Jewish and an Arab state resulted … Continue reading This Week in Geographic History, November 28 – December 4

Educator Spotlight: Imagining Travel in the Jim Crow Era

Danielle Hance, this week’s Educator of the Week, uses historical fiction to build empathy and primary sources to bring history to life. Danielle is a language arts and social studies teacher for 5th graders at Chapin Intermediate School in Chapin, South Carolina. Activity: Green Book Travelers Grade Level: 3-12 Time Commitment: 2 class periods Introducing Primary Resources with Literature This lesson came after we’d been studying the … Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Imagining Travel in the Jim Crow Era

Educator Spotlight: The Bridge to Selma

Photo by Pat Filippone, HMdb.org Crystal Culp, this week’s Educator of the Week, makes learning personal by challenging students to make connections between an historical event and their own lives. Crystal is a social studies and history teacher for grades 7 through 12 at a juvenile detention center called McCracken Regional School in Paducah, Kentucky. Activity: The Bridge to Selma Grade Level: 7-12 Time Commitment: … Continue reading Educator Spotlight: The Bridge to Selma

#TeachNatGeo: 5 Civil Rights Leaders Today

We are now thoroughly in the midst of a watershed moment for civil rights in the United States. The internet, cell phones, and social media have mobilized a growing movement for social change in response to the deaths of so many young and often unarmed black people. In this new Civil Rights Era, leaders are raising their voices with determination and hope. Check out the … Continue reading #TeachNatGeo: 5 Civil Rights Leaders Today