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What are some ways to present middle school social studies content that is engaging?

Jan 1, 2018 8:10am

Currently, I am creating Google slides of the textbook content for presentation to the students. I also create a student edition, which contains word blanks, that are copied for the students to complete during the lecture. This is extremely time consuming. As a first year teacher, I need some suggestions.

  • Social Studies
  • 6-8
  • Engagement

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    • Jan 13, 2018 7:06pm

      Try using the website Reading Like a Historian, which has numerous primary source analysis activities for both World and American History. Also, look into Interactive Social Studies Notebooks...there's so much information online about these.

      • Jan 5, 2018 8:58pm

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        • Jan 14, 2018 5:28pm

          I got very excited about teaching the American Revolution through Hamilton!
          Yes, HAMILTON...I used Spotify paired with Genius. Spotify for the music and Genius workscollaboratively to provide all the lyrics, but what's amazing is when you click on a line in the lyrics a window pops up on the right to give you all the historical evidence about the song, the time period, the real truths, as well as the ideas of how it was composed. My students were engaged from start to finish! This year my new students continue to ask, "When are we doing Hamilton?!"

          • Jan 16, 2018 2:05pm

            Find ways to connect the content to the students lives. I know a professor who wrote on his board "WGAD" ( Who gives a damn).
            Why do they need to learn it? How does it relate to the world of today?