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Teaching American History IV Grant Project Area

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What is the Teaching American History IV Grant?

The Creating Vertical Teams in U.S. History grant (TAH IV) provides for a comprehensive three year professional development program to prepare teachers in SAISD to teach traditional American history and to increase teachers’ content knowledge of the subject. In order to positively impact the academic achievement of SAISD students in regular, Pre-AP U.S. History, and Advanced Placement United States History, teachers will study the people, ideas, events, and turning points that contributed to the development of the American experience. It will increase teachers’ knowledge of how to teach writing at a higher level using document based questions in United States History as per the College Board requirements.

Creating Vertical Teams in U.S. History will examine traditional American history content through the following independent topics selected by teachers to support significant episodes and turning points:

  • Year 1 The Birth of a Nation: Colonization and Revolution (18th Century) (2008-2009)
  • Year 2 The Growth of a Nation: Expansion and Civil War (19th Century) (2009-2010)
  • Year 3 The Transformation of a Nation: To a World Power and World at War (20th Century) (2010-2011)
  • Year 4 The Challenges of a Nation: The Cold War (If Funded) (2011-2012)
  • Year 5 The History of our Nation: The Teacher as Scholar/Historian and Mentor (If Funded) (2012-2013)

Participants are required to attend sessions during the course of the year where they will be exposed to various topics on American History delivered by professors from Trinity University and/or presenters from the DBQ Project. They will also attend the annual ICTT conference sponsored by the Social Studies Department and KLRN to learn how to better incorporate technology into their classooms. Teachers will participate in summer professional learning sessions to better understand how to incorporate the TCI approach to the delivery of instruction in the classroom. Finally, teachers will have the opportunity to travel to various places of historical significance within the United States in order to bring pieces of history back into their classrooms.

This area has been created to showcase the various sessions, lessons, and ideas generated by the TAH IV participants.

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Teacher's Zone Find strategies ranging from hands-on to graphic organizers that are ready to print out and use with your lesson plans! The Zone also has information on how to incorporate different types of social studies skills including reading and writing connections. Don't miss our assessment area for up-to-date information on STAAR..Our strategies have been designed for teachers by teachers with all learners in mind!

Parent's Corner See how you the parent can help our your child learn more about social studies at the global, national, state, and community levels. We have resources and information to help parents understand what your child is learning in social studies.

TechnologyYou will discover the latest strategies that incorporate useful technology integration within a social studies setting. These strategies have been written by technology integration specialists that have used these strategies successfully in the classroom.

Links Find over 5000 links going to outside resources based upon grade level and subject area. These links have been researched for content and usability within a school setting.

Photo Album Take a tour of places around the world, the nation, and the city with our over 9,000 images! These photographs have been donated by educators to help bring the world to our students!

Blog, Board, and Wiki (Must have a SAISD Account) Read about the latest Social Studies Department's events and news on our Blog (web log). On the message boards, you can leave messages for all district teachers about strategies and questions that you may have about subject areas. Finally, you and your students can use our Wiki to author and publish research done on social studies topics!

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San Antonio Independent School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, or disability in providing education services, activities, and programs, including vocational programs, in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972; section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.

Es norma del Districto Escolar Independiente de San Antonio de no discriminar por motivos de raza, religion, color, origen nacional, sexo o impedimento, en sus programas, servicios o actividades vocacionales, tal como lo require el Título VI de la Ley de Derechos Civiles de 1964, según enmienda; el Título IX de las Enmiendas en la Educación, de 1972, y la Sección 504 de la Ley de Rehabilitación de 1973, según enmienda.
All Materials on this site are copyright 2002-2007 SAISD Social Studies Department except where noted.
The Social Studies Resource Center was made possible by the Teaching American History Grant 2001-2004

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