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Using Local History to Increase Student Engagement

Education Elements

Erin Conklin’s eyes light up when she talks about the primary and secondary source student book she created for Duval County Public School’s African American Studies elective.

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Digging Up Rural Roots: The Source at the Library of Congress

NCHE

Since 2021, the National Council for History Education has partnered with the Library of Congress’ Teaching with Primary Sources program on a nationwide program, “The Rural Experience in America”. Read the blog post about The Source on the Library of Congress’ website here.

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The Week That Was In 505

Moler's Musing

Here was an interesting comment from a student on the reflection form…”That even though we mainly focus on the big events in history, all the people involved are very important to the overall event.” ” Watching my students engage so deeply with local history was truly rewarding.

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The Week That Was In 505

Moler's Musing

Thursday On Thursday, I embarked on an exciting project that connected our classroom learning with local history. Conclusion By employing a multifaceted approach to teaching the Civil War, I was able to engage my students and help them develop a profound understanding of this pivotal moment in history.

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Oral History of Forgottonia: Building a Public History Project in Rural Western Illinois

NCHE

At the grocery store: “ Your students did such a great job documenting our local history! The gas station: “ Hey Joe, I heard you had a student doing some research about local mines in our community. If your community is like mine, it’s likely much of your town’s rural history hasn’t been preserved in a meaningful way.

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The Week That Was In 505

Moler's Musing

” The students were highly engaged with this lesson, as it incorporated local history that they could relate to and tied in with our study of abolitionism.

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NEH Grant Awardee: Resituating the Humanities in Place-Based Learning

Society for Classical Studies

Congratulations to Robert Holschuh Simmons (Classics), David Wright (English), Anne Mamary (Philosophy), and Valerie Deisinger (History)! This humanities initiative will create a digital repository based on student projects that center issues of displacement and local history in West Central Illinois.