The common goal of all Social Studies instruction is to develop knowledgeable, thinking, and active citizens. Social Studies classes are designed to help students prepare for the challenges of college and career, as well as participation in civic life. Recently updated state and national standards focus on the Inquiry process and motivate students to take ownership over their own learning by answering compelling questions. The purpose of this course is for elementary and secondary Social Studies teachers to review the key components of the Inquiry process, critique preexisting Inquiries, and develop new materials aligned with this approach that can be used immediately in the classroom. This course is applicable to all K-5 elementary school teachers, 6-12 Social Studies teachers, K-12 Special Education teachers, ELA teachers working in a Humanities setting, librarians, and other professionals who teach social studies. The course is aligned with the K-12 New York State Social Studies Standards, and national standards as well.


Students enrolled in this course will...

Know

  1. The Inquiry process is a method applicable to all K-5 elementary school teachers, 6-12 Social Studies teachers, K-12 Special Education teachers, ELA teachers working in a Humanities setting, librarians, and other professionals who teach Social Studies
  2. Recently updated State and National Standards that focus on answering compelling questions
  3. The four dimensions of Inquiries:developing questions; applying disciplinary tools; using evidence; and communicating conclusions and taking informed action
  4. The application of history, geography, economics, and civics content and skills to the Inquiry process

Understand

  1. How to create compelling questions that are rigorous and student friendly
  2. The development of assessment tasks that prompt students to develop an argument using evidence
  3. Best practices for teaching students how to communicate an argument
  4. Methods to take informed action and model citizenship skills in the classroom
and Be Able to

  1. Examine examples of Inquiries and assess their effectiveness
  2. Generate compelling questions that utilize the disciplinary tools of history, economics, civics, geography, and more
  3. Practice effective methods for making primary and secondary sources from history accessible to all learners
  4. Use the information that they have learned to practice the Inquiry process

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