Best of Our CCSS 2016 Resources: Four Great Presentations for Social Studies Educators

Posted by Mary Hendra on March 1, 2016

Facing History educators shared four presentations at the 2016 Annual Conference of the California Council for the Social Studies. Below are the links and slides from each of the presentations. And, for those who were admiring the posters in our booth, at the bottom is a slideshow of the whole set of Choosing to Participate posters. We also encourage all who visited our booth and/or one of these presentations to deepen your use of Facing History with one of these seminars. Check out our Southern California and Northern California  seminars.  


From Good to Great: Transforming your Lessons with Facing History, Annie Brown (Marlborough School) Friday, March 4th at 2:15pm Want to inspire civic participation? Learn to engage students with moral challenges from history through stories of “upstanders.” Come learn about Raphael Lemkin’s fight to name the crime of genocide! Common Core Lessons from Facing History & Ourselves provided as well as a framework to design your own lessons. Facing History resources for this presentation:

  • Identity Charts
  • Universe of Obligation— the name Helen Fein has given to the circle of individuals and groups “toward whom obligations are owed, to whom rules apply, and whose injuries call for [amends].” Click here for handout. And here for lesson.
  • Bystanders and Upstanders Lesson from “Decision Making in Times of Injustice”
  • Watchers of the Sky (film on Raphael Lemkin, Ben Ferencz, and Louis Moreno-Ocampo_
  • Study Guide “Totally Unofficial: Raphael Lemkin and the Genocide Convention” Click here for free PDF.

Race, Class, Gender, Religion: Where to Start? Mary Hendra (Facing History and Ourselves) & Sasha Guzman (Social Justice Humanitas Academy) Saturday, March 5th at 7:45am Don’t shy away from the controversial – or let your students stay at a surface level. Explore key interdisciplinary, Common Core-aligned resources and strategies to help you achieve academic depth, including excerpts from new Facing History and Ourselves resources: Reconstruction Era, To Kill a Mockingbird, Nanjing Atrocities, and more. Facing History resources for this presentation:


Stephanie-Carrillo.jpg Stitching Truth: Transforming Art into Activism, Stephanie Carrillo (Campbell Hall)  Saturday, March 5th at 1:00pm Using primary sources from Facing History and Ourselves, explore the impact of women's protest art in Pinochet's Chile and inspire student artistry and activism through project based learning. Facing History resources for this presentation:

Nanjing War Crimes & the Quest for Justice, Merri Weir (Academy of Medical Arts at Carson High School)  Sunday, March 6th at 9:15am During this interactive hands-on session teachers will be introduced to one of Facing History & Ourselves newest resource "Nanjing Atrocities: Crimes of War" which lays a broad framework and contains an in-depth examination of the war crimes that occurred in China during WWII. Teachers will gain a greater understanding of the way the war played out in Asia and make connections to what was happening in Europe particularly with regard to war crimes.  This session is ideal for all high school Social Studies teachers particularly those who have been searching for the right way to present this event as part of their WWII unit and is aligned to Common Core Standards. Teachers will see classroom lesson implementation and learn how it to implement not just in World History, but also United States History and Government classes. Facing History resources for this presentation:

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