Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum

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History/Social Studies

Bringing It All Together

Setting Goals and Tracking Student Progress

Developing historical thinking skills is not a one-time lesson, but rather is something that should be engaged in throughout the school year in order to build deeper understanding and critical thinking. Inquiry is a critical process that requires long-term practice. Therefore, it is important to remember to begin by selecting goals (whether from the NCSS C3 Framework, Common Core, or state content/skill standards) for the entire year and focus on those goals consistently throughout the year. Developing students’ literacy skills requires continued attention over the long term and is not accomplished after one or two lessons. In order to measure student progress toward learning goals, teachers should design ways for tracking student progress.

Video and Reflection: Watch History in the Real World: A Documentary Filmmaker as an example of how to integrate reading, writing, and history/social studies in the real. You may want to take notes on the questions below.

  • Before you watch: Where do you see people reading, writing, and/or learning or using history in the real world?
  • Watch the video: As you watch, notice how documentarian Laurens Grant integrates reading, writing, and history in her work.


History in the Real World: A Documentary Filmmaker

Follow documentarian Laurens Grant as she develops a new film on the history of the Black Panther Party.

  • Reflect: What aspects of Ms. Grant's work would be meaningful to students? What ideas from this video clip could you use and build on in your teaching?