“Digitally Writing New Histories” Unit Plans Released – Digital Writing, Digital Teaching

The Digitally Writing New Histories project has been designed according to best practice principles for professional learning as it is timely, research-based and linked to relevant curriculum reforms. We thank the many teachers who created the research-oriented units that are aligned with the C3 framework and use primary sources in a critical and creative way.

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During the 2020-2021 school year, the Michigan Council for the Social Studies partnered with the Library of Congress on a scholarship to teach with primary sources in the Midwest and I was fortunate enough to be one of the project leaders. We thank the many teachers who created the research-oriented units that are aligned with the C3 framework and use primary sources in a critical and creative way.

With a shift towards disciplinary, digital, and critical literature, we find that historical documents and artifacts – as well as images, social media posts, and videos created using contemporary technology – all serve as primary sources. the Write new stories digitally The project has been designed on good practice learning principles as it is timely, research-based and linked to relevant curriculum reforms. We invited 20 educators from Michigan to join in the practices we would expect in their own classrooms.

This professional learning experience took place entirely online during the evening sessions via Zoom video conferencing throughout the 2020-21 academic year. In addition to the myriad of digitized artifacts available through the Library of Congress website, we have invited teachers to examine artifacts and learn how to use digital writing tools through virtual visits to local museums. In addition, we were able to virtually visit many museums in Michigan, including:

Thanks again to the teachers who worked on this project all year long and for their dedication in creating these units.


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