National WW 2 Museum

The National WWII Museum is a wonderful educational resource for K-12 teachers and students.

Our award winning Virtual Field Trips are a great way for students to learn about WWII. One of our museum educators will videoconference with students to analyze maps, photographs, artifacts, posters, speeches, songs and much more to explore the many fascinating chapters from WWII. Topics include everything from Pearl Harbor to Women during WWII.

Turn students into history detectives with Operation Footlocker, a traveling artifact program that sends footlockers with real WWII artifacts across the country to offer students a unique hands-on way to explore the history and lessons of WWII. Students put on white gloves and examine ration books, magazines and even sand from Iwo Jima. Footlockers come with teacher manuals that describe and explain how to “read” each artifact.

In addition, lesson plans, student bibliographies and research help, oral histories and primary source materials, interactive educational games and much more are available online. In January, our 2013 Student Essay Contest will begin-this contest is a great way for students to get their work published online and win money for college.

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-Joey Wiseman, WVDE social studies coordinator

WVDE info for new school year

  • Info from WVDE Social Studies coordinator Joey Wiseman:


    “As we return to our classrooms, we have new Next Generations Content Standards and Objectives for Social Studies to implement this year.  To clear up any confusion about the Next Generation Social Studies Standards and Objectives in West Virginia:  They were approved by the State Board of Education in February.  They became effective on July 1, 2012.  There will not be a roll out as there has been for ELA and Math.  The Next Generation Social Studies Standards and Objectives are in effect in grades K-12 during the 2012-2013 school year.  They can be found both on the Policy Page of the WVDE site and they can also be found on Teach21 under the interactive Next Generation Standards and Objectives along with the new ELA and Math.”

  • Below are the answers to some of the questions about the Next Generation Standards:


    • The current classroom materials were adopted before the current 21st Century Standards were in place, so they were not aligned totally to begin with.  New instructional materials for Social Studies will be in the classrooms in the Fall of 2013.
    • A staff member from the Assessment office was actually at the table as the objectives were being written.  A realignment of Westest2 is underway as we speak and it looks as though we are still in alignment with the Next Generation Standards.  There will not be a new test created and no new questions will be added. As we keep in mind that there are little to no stand alone content questions on the test, the implementation of the new Literacy standards should help increase scores on the test.  We have to prepare our students by letting them know that their skills as a historian, geographer, economist, and etc.  will be assessed not independent bits of knowledge.
    • The textbook is a resource, however the world is full of primary source documents, interactive maps, guest speakers, online resources and an entire array of materials that Social Studies teachers are able to use in their classrooms, let the standards and objectives guide your teaching not the textbook.
    • The Electronic Resource Packages on Teach21 are realigned to the new objectives. They have been moved from the main page to the instructional plans tab under curriculum.  During the 2012-2013 school year other resources on Teach21 will be aligned to the new standards and objectives.
    • The new History Clusters will help teachers in grades K-11 guide instruction.
    • Elementary teachers should be aware that the k-4 WV objectives have been imbedded into grade specific K-5 history standards.
    • The History component of Social Studies should be taught as a story if we want students to retain the information.  The other areas of Social Studies; Civics, Geography, Economics, and Literacy should be imbedded within the story when possible and made meaningful to the students.  Skills from all the areas will still need to be addressed and taught but make it meaningful for the students and make sure they understand why it is important for them to know this information.
    • You may find some helpful deisolating objective forms under the professional development tab on this page.  These are not required and are not meant to be a curriculumn map, only a tool for individual teacher use as you plan your school year.
    • Common State Standards (common core) for Social studies are still in the development stages.  If and when they are presented and complete they are only the standards.  Each state will still have to develop their own objectives (which we have already done) and decide at what grade levels specific content will be addressed.
    • The SASS institute this summer trained individuals who are able to deliver professional development on the Next Generation Social Studies Standards and Objectives at the local and RESA levels.
    • Thinkfinity Resources have been aligned to the Next Generation Social Studies Standards and Objectives.
    • Other Resources are constantly being added to the teacher resources tab on this page, please check them out.
  • Important Dates:
  • Social Studies Student Program Webinar November 1, 2012.
  • Geography Awareness Week November 11-17, 2012.
  • USSYP Finalist Interviews November 13, 2012.
  • Golden Horseshoe ESSAY Test February 12, 2013.
  • Golden Horseshoe Testing March 20-26, 2013.
  • Geography Bee April 5, 2013.
  • State Social Studies Fair and National History Day April 26, 2013.
  • Golden Horseshoe Ceremony April 3, 2013.
  • New Instructional Materials in the Social Studies Classrooms Fall of 2013.

Aug 16th Deisolate work

Here are the Deisolate sheets you worked on at our county social studies session on August 16th.  As you work with these and complete them and start to use them you may see things you want to change.  As you develop your set please email me a copy and I will post it here for our county teachers to collaboratively improve instruction in our county.


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9th Grade DeIsolating – Quesenberry









September ONLY-Will of the People

Complimentary Access from
September 1 through September 30, 2012.The Will of the People

from the Electronic Field Trip Series

One of the most bitter presidential campaigns in U. S. history is part of a surprising lesson for a 21st-century student. Thomas Jefferson explains how negative campaigning, partisan politics, and contested elections have been part of our political system since the earliest days of the republic. Read more



Joey Wiseman                 

Robert “Joey” Wiseman Jr.

Social Studies Coordinator

WVDE Office of Instruction

YouTube & TED info

Now ALL teachers in West Virginia have full AND INSTANT access to all of  YouTube!  When anyone tries to go to they will get a new screen instead of the standard deny screen.  This new screen will ask for your WebTop log in information.  If the credentials are from a teacher they will proceed directly to  If the credentials are from a student they will get they standard deny screen.  A teacher can always ask that a good video be unblocked for everyone.  This is called our “whitelist”.  Here are a series of short video explanations:
White listing YouTube videos for student access:
New TED Talks
Older and still great TED Talks
TED EDUCATION, Lessons worth Sharing
  • 86 video lessons, turned into over 4,000 different “flipped” lessons
  • The ability to take ANY Youtube video and turn it into a “flipped lesson”
  • Instant student management so you can see who has watched the video and answered your questions.
A sample lesson that I have created and shared with you. (You will be prompted to create a login.  Only do this if you want to save your answers like you would in an actual class.)
Above thanks to Mark Moore WVDE
Still blocked?

Literacy Resource- Kelly Gallagher






Here is an excellent resource for us to use in the social studies and ELA classrooms to help improve literacy. Explore Kelly Gallagher’s site by looking at his Article of the Week and “food for Thought” links.  Also take a look at his book “Readicide” as it makes you stop to think about how we can best serve learners.  Check out the links at the bottom of this page to see articles Kelly assigned his students.

For the past 22 years, Kelly Gallagher has been dedicated to building and sharing his knowledge about literacy.

In addition to teaching English full-time at Magnolia High School in Anaheim, California, Kelly has an extensive background in secondary literacy education. He served as the English Coordinator for the Anaheim Union High School District, an urban district comprised of 37,000 secondary students; a Co-Director of the South Basin Writing Project at California State University Long Beach; and an adjunct professor at California State University, Fullerton, where he taught secondary literacy courses.

Kelly is a teacher and a former statewide trainer for the Puente Project, a University of California outreach program that prepares under-represented high school students for successful transition into universities. He has also served as a teacher leader in the California Reading and Literature Project, both at the University of California Los Angeles and University of California Irvine.

Kelly is the author of Reading Reasons: Motivational Mini-Lessons for Middle and High School (Stenhouse 2003), Deeper Reading: Comprehending Challenging Texts, 4-12 (Stenhouse 2004), Teaching Adolescent Writers(Stenhouse 2006), and, most recently, Readicide: How Schools Are Killing Reading and What You Can Do About It (Stenhouse 2009). Additionally, his work is the subject of four professional videos: Article of the Week (Stenhouse, July 2009), Improving Adolescent Writers (Stenhouse 2009), Building Adolescent Readers (Stenhouse 2005), and Twenty Questions Homework (Stenhouse 2006). In addition to his publications, Kelly travels extensively speaking to education professionals and providing professional development workshops.

In 2005, Kelly received the Award for Classroom Excellence by the California Association of Teachers of English, the state’s highest honor for English teachers.

Kelly lives in California with his wife and two daughters. He is a lifelong baseball fan and voracious reader.


Below you will find the articles Kelly Gallagher assigned* this year to his students.

Please note, all articles are subject to the copyright protections stipulated by the original source.

“One School Girl’s Protest of Seventeen Magazine — Now 75,000 Strong” by Julia Bluhm for (A Note from Kelly: As the school year comes to a close, this will be the last AoW of the year. Here’s to the teachers who are committed to building our students’ prior knowledge. You have to know stuff to read stuff.)
“Think Congress Is Sophomoric? A Study Says You’re Right” by Lisa Mascaro for the Los Angeles Times
“Brain Ailments in Veterans Likened to Those in Athletes” by Gretchen Ertl for the New York Times
“D.I.Y. Biology, on the Wings of the Mockingjay” by James Gorman for the New York Times
“Five Myths About America’s Decline” by Ian Bremmer for the Washington Post
“Study Sheds Light on How Birds Navigate by Magnetic Field” by James Gorman for the New York Times
“New Technology” The Week
“Digital Shadow: How Companies Track You Online” The Atlantic Online
“The Battle for the U.S. Senate” The Week
“The Trayvon Martin Killing” The Week and
“10 Things You Need to Know Today: March 18, 2012” The Week
“Cracking Down on For-Profit Colleges” The Week
“Americans’ Growing Dependency on Food Stamps” The Week
“Will Jeremy Lin’s Success End Stereotypes?” by Timothy Yu for
“Oscar Night: How Are the Winners Picked?” The Week
“NRC Approves First New Nuclear Plant in a Generation” by Ayesha Rascoe for
“The Kids Are More Than All Right” by Tara Parker-Pope for the New York Times
“Iran: The Showdown Over the Strait of Hormuz” The Week
“A Tough Homecoming for War Veterans” The Week
“The Fragile Teenage Brain” by Jonah Lehrer for
“Buff Your Brain” by Sharon Begley for Newsweek
“Al Qaeda on the Ropes: One Fighter’s Inside Story” by Sami Yousafzai and Ron Moreau for Newsweek
“Last Convoy of American Troops Leaves Iraq, Marking an End to the War” New York Times
“Super PACs: All the Speech Money Can Buy” The Week (revised)
“Obsessed with Children” The Week
“NASA Launches Sophisticated Rover on Journey to Mars” by the Associated Press for the New York Times
“Bystander Psychology: Why Some Witnesses to Crime Do Nothing” by Maia Szalavitz and posted on
“Five Myths About Healthy Eating” by Katherine Mangu-Ward for theWashington Post
“The ‘Occupy Wall Street’ Movement” as posted on
“Paralyzed Man Uses Mind-Powered Robot to Touch” by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer
“Cleaning Up the Trash in Space” The Week
“Brown Signs California Dream Act” by Patrick McGreevy and Anthony York for the Los Angeles Times
“Chimpanzees Clear Some Doubt After Generosity Is Questioned” by Carl Zimmer for the New York Times
“Are Americans Smarter Than Ever?” The Week
“Five Myths About Earthquakes” by Susan Hough for the Washington Post
“Making Headway in the Movement to Protect the World’s Sharks” by Elisabeth Rosenthal for the New York Times
“A Legacy of Illnesses from 9/11” by Linda Zamosky for the Los Angeles Times
My Plate Replaces the Food Pyramid from

Looking for previous year’s Article of the Week assignments? Check out the
Article of the Week Archive.

Additional Resources  Blog with some good links Humanities Council Online WV Encyclopedia Blog with some good links Thinkfinity About WV Social Studies Fair

We The People

The principal goals of the Center for Civic Ed’s programs are to help students develop (1) an increased understanding of the institutions of constitutional democracy and the fundamental principles and values upon which they are founded, (2) the skills necessary to participate as competent and responsible citizens, and (3) the willingness to use democratic procedures for making decisions and managing conflict. Ultimately, the Center strives to develop an enlightened citizenry by working to increase understanding of the principles, values, institutions, and history of constitutional democracy among teachers, students, and the general public.


National competition where student teams compete for state level and national championships on knowledge on our government.


If you would like your students competing in We the People ask for details from our West Virginia Contact:

Rebecca Tinder
Bowles Rice McDavid Graff + Love

Medal of Honor Resource Site

Medal of Honor, Lessons of Personal Bravery and Self-Sacrifice, is a teaching resource designed by teachers to provide students with opportunities to explore the important concepts of:


While drawn from the personal accounts of our living Medal of Honor recipients, this collection of lesson plans does not glorify or glamorize war. On the contrary, these dramatic “living histories” and the accompanying instructional activities encourage students to consider courage from their own perspectives.

“The Medal of Honor Curriculum Development Project demonstrates with crystal clarity that our young citizens, those who will carry our democracy into the future, can be taught the importance of service to the community and the values that made this nation great.”

Colonel Jack H. Jacobs

Recipient of the Medal of Honor

Chairman, Congressional Medal of Honor Curriculum Development Project

Instructions to Create and account:

1.        Go to www.CMOHEDU.ORG

2.       Click “Login”

3.       Click “Register Here”

4.       Enter an email address and some basic profile information

5.       Click “Create Account”