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Education 514 Virtual Class Syllabus

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Welcome to Education 514


Teaching History and Social Studies in the Middle and High School Classroom




3 Credits





A Fully Remote Class for Fall 2020







 Each of You is Starting to Teach Middle and High School Students

about the Histories of the World and its Peoples


What content are you going to teach?


What methods will you use to create memorable learning for students?


This course is designed to start developing answers to these questions.



Complete Fall Methods Course Syllabus



What Am I Going To Do


What Am I Going to Learn in this Course?



You will be doing these learning activities in the course.


1. Completing Weekly Written Responses to Virtual Workshops on Your Own Time and Schedule.


These will include reflections on the use of best practice teaching methods in the history/social studies classroom and two Gateway Assessments

2. Conducting an Online Multicultural Book Presentation with an Accompanying Student Learning Plan

3. Developing a 10 Class Curriculum Unit with Original Learning Plans That You Will Teach During the Second Half of the School Year

4. Participating in regular weekly class Zoom meetings on Mondays at 4:00





August 24                               Curriculum Frameworks and Teaching Methods



August 31                               Teaching Multicultural Histories and Herstories with Culturally Relevant Materials




 September 7                          Planning Engaging In-Person and Virtual Learning for Students   



September 14                           Groupwork and Cooperative Learning



Constitution Day is Celebrated on Thursday September 17



September 21                            Teaching with Primary Sources



September 28                            Writing in History and Social Studies


      • This topic connects to English Language Arts and Literacy Anchor Standard for Writing




October 5                                   Literature, Picture Books and Reading Strategies


      • This topic connects to English Language Arts and Literacy Anchor Standard for Speaking and Listening 



October 12                               Teaching about Controversy Using Dialog and Debate



Monday October 12:  Indigenous Peoples Day/Also known as Columbus Day



October 19                                Role-Plays, Simulations, Drama 



October 26                                Virtual Curriculum Unit Meetings



November 2                               Teaching Digital and Media Literacy and Student Research  



November 9                               Civic Ideals and Community Service Learning



November 16                            Virtual Sharing Curriculum Units/Self-Assessments



Best Practice Teaching Methods 

Note:  All Best Practice Teaching Methods are based on the principle of using Active Learning to engage students through large and small group discussions, interactive note taking, text and visual sources, materials other than the voice of the teacher, and other student involvement strategies.


Group workor Cooperative Learning (includes students working in pairs, trios, and small groups; cooperative learning using a specific cooperative learning structure).


Research (includes using primary, secondary, and Internet sources correctly to analyze historical and contemporary events.

Multicultural Histories & Herstories (the experiences of people of color, women, working classes, non-western societies and cultures, and others typically excluded from the school curriculum). 

Primary Sources (using first person narratives, photographs, newspaper articles, speeches, artwork, economic data, articles, diaries, audio and video recordings, songs, movies, literacy works, orother sources as part of a lesson.


Writing (incorporating students’ own creative writing and self-expression).

Literature (children’s and adolescent fiction and nonfiction, adult fiction and nonfiction, and poetry)


Civic Engagement & CSL (involvement in social issues and community life, citizen involvement in politics)

Controversy & Dialog (focus on controversial issues, current events, social problems, origins and problems of democracy, resistance to oppression)


Technology (including use of computers, interactive websites, learning games, presentation software and other digital tools)

Drama, Role-Play, Simulation (engagement through historical re-creations, plays, and social simulations)





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