Next Generation Social Studies
Do you have questions about the 2013 National History Day theme?
On Wednesday, September 26, 2012 from 3:00-5:00pm ET, NHD held an online discussion about this year’s theme where staff members will address questions from teachers, students and parents.
To send us questions Please make sure you have “NHD THEME DISCUSSION” in your email subject line and use the firstname.lastname@example.org email address.
For Information go to www.nhd.org. where all questions and their answers will be posted on the discussion page on the NHD website as quickly as possible in the order received.
The My Voice National Student Mock Election has launched My Election Polls [http://www.nationalmockelection.org/polls/]. Your students can sound off on issues of national importance leading up to the federal and state elections.
Examples topics include: Defining Success and Bullying. New polls will be posted twice a week, so be sure to check back.
Meet My Voice National Student Mock Election Partner – Rand McNally
Rand McNally’s Play the Election helps students understand the election process through a collaborative, digital teaching tool. Students will predict the election winners for each state on an interactive election map, and compare predictions from their class to other classrooms across the country. To learn more about this and the other election offerings from Rand McNally, visit our curriculum page: www.nationalmockelection.org/curriculum
Wonderful West Virginia News
Student Essay Contest
Seeking Inspirational West Virginians …
In celebration of West Virginia’s 150th birthday, the staff of Wonderful West Virginia is pleased to announce an essay contest for West Virginia students in grades 6 through 12. Two winning essays, one by a middle school student and one by a high school student, will be selected by magazine staff. The winners will each receive $500, and the winning essays will be published in the May 2013 issue of Wonderful West Virginia.
Students attending any West Virginia school, and those who are home schooled in the state, are eligible. Students wishing to participate in the contest should submit an essay of no more than 500 words addressing the following:
“Name a West Virginian, living or deceased, well known or not, who inspires you and state why. How has this person’s example impacted your choices and actions? Or, how might it impact them in the future?”
Essays will be judged on content, originality, and writing proficiency. Essays should be typed and double spaced. Students should include their name, school, grade, and e-mail address or telephone number.
Essays may be sent via e-mail as a Microsoft Word attachment to email@example.com or in hard copy to Wonderful West Virginia Student Essay Contest, c/o WVDNR, 324 Fourth Avenue, South Charleston, WV 25304.
Essays must be received via e-mail or postmarked no later than December 31, 2012.
Joey Wiseman, WVDE
This video is only 3 minutes long. I urge you to watch it twice.
1st viewing – just watch
Watch it again from the beginning and take note of a few items:
- The students have clear task – build a bridge. They know exactly what is expected.
- The students are fully aware of their progress. No need to ask the teacher what their grade is. They see it all the time.
- The students are using technology but it isn’t about the tech. It is about THINKING AND PROBLEM SOLVING
- There is parent involvement.
- There is involvement from experts outside the classroom.
- The teacher is in full control and can see the progress of every student, instantly.
- The students are engaged in a project that actually applies to the real world. It is APPLICABLE.
- Several classrooms were connected together.
- Assessment was continuous, without ever having a standard paper based, fill in the blank test.
- This project involved math, science, social studies, technology, collaboration, problem solving, problem based learning and student engagement ALL AT THE SAME TIME! (As opposed to doing 50 math problems on a worksheet.)
Here’s the thing, while the exact technology doesn’t exist in our classrooms yet, the concept is absolutely doable TODAY! Most of the concepts and similar technologies in the video are available readily in our classrooms and yet the remain largely unused.
We have people all over the state that are trained to bring these ideas to life. You just have to be willing to try.
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Office of Instructional Technology
This is a resource to assist Honors Social Studies in grade 8.
Courtesy WVDE and Jefferson Co
Wanted: High School Writers and Photographers for Sesquicentennial Contests
The West Virginia Division of Culture and History, in cooperation with the West Virginia Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, is offering two opportunities for high school students around the state to share their creativity. The West Virginia Sesquicentennial Essay Contest will allow students to submit 450 to 550 word essays on a topic related to the Civil War and West Virginia Statehood. The author of the winning essay will receive $1,000 and the teacher of the student will receive a $500 cash award. Essays will be accepted from Sept. 1, 2012 to November 1, 2012
The second program is the Sesquicentennial Snapshot contest. The Division provided cameras and netbooks to selected public high schools in each county. Students from those schools, and any other high school, are invited to photograph historic sites related to the sesquicentennial and submit them for consideration in the contest. Cash prizes will be awarded for this program as well.
Information and entry forms for both programs can be found at http://www.wvculture.org/wv150/sesquicentennial .html.
West Virginia Marching Band Invitational Showcasing West Virginia High School Bands
New this year! The West Virginia Division of Culture and History is sponsoring a West Virginia Marching Band Invitational on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, at Glenville State College. All high school marching bands from across the state are invited to compete in what promises to be a fun and educational opportunity for everyone. For more information contact Bethany Cline, executive assistant, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (304) 558-0220, ext. 113.
First Lady’s Festival of Songs Celebrating the Vocal Talents of High School Choirs and Choruses
The First Lady’s Festival of Songs at the Culture Center at the State Capitol Complex is set for Nov. 10, 2012. Now in its second year, the program celebrates the joy of music by showcasing the vocal talents of West Virginia’s young people. Last year, more than 500 high-school students from 17 counties performed during the inaugural festival. The West Virginia Division of Culture and History, which sponsors the event, hopes even more schools will join in this year’s holiday celebration. For more information contact Bethany Cline, executive assistant, at email@example.com or (304) 558-0220, ext. 113.
History Bowl Challenges Eighth Graders Regional Tournaments Begin in February
Eighth graders from across West Virginia are invited to test and expand their knowledge of West Virginia history, government, literature, arts, architecture, geography and culture by participating in the West Virginia Division of Culture and History’s History Bowl. Regional competitions are scheduled for February 2013 and the state championship will be held April 30, 2013, at the Culture Center in Charleston. For more information, visitwww.wvculture.org/history/historybowl.html or contact Bryan Ward, tournament director, firstname.lastname@example.org or (304) 558-0230, ext. 723.
West Virginia Division of Culture and History’s Transportation Grant Program Makes Field Trips to the West Virginia State Museum More Affordable
The West Virginia Division of Culture and History’s Transportation Grant Program helps to make field trips to the West Virginia State Museum more affordable for all elementary, middle and high schools by paying half the expenses of bus trips. Reimbursed expenses include bus rentals, driver’s wages and gasoline. For more information visitwww.wvculture.org/museum/Grants/TransportationGrant.pdf or contact Nancy Herholdt, museum education manager, at email@example.com or (304) 558-0220, ext. 175.
VH1 Save The Music Foundation Grants
Middle Schools Benefit from Statewide Program
The West Virginia Division of Culture and History is helping to put brand-new band instruments in the hands of our state middle-school students through a partnership with VH1 Save The Music Foundation and local community sponsors. Each participating school receives $30,000 worth of instruments purchased directly from an area retailer, which helps stimulate the local economy. For more information about how your school can apply for a grant to participate in the program, visit www.vh1savethemusic.com/ or contact Jeff Pierson, arts director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (304) 558-0220, ext. 717.
Library of congress materials have been realigned to the Next Generation Social Studies Standards. http://www.loc.gov/teachers/standards/index.php Search by Standard here
Online Modules for Teachers
On your own for professional development? Earn a certificate of completion by taking the Library’s self-paced interactive modules. Each multimedia-rich program delivers approximately one hour of staff development.
You would have to get permission from your county to use these for CTE time, however for those of you wanting more information on using primary sources in your classrooms these modules walk you through it step by step.
-Courtesy Joey Wiseman, WVDE