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Elementary Inquiry: Before Linda Brown, there was Sylvia Mendez

Elementary Inquiry: Before Linda Brown, there was Sylvia Mendez

This session will provide participants with an overview of the History-Social Science Framework in the upper elementary grades, with an emphasis on the shifts of instruction and themes across grade levels.  As inquiry is a central shift in the new History Social-Science Framework, its important that students are given ample opportunities to ask questions, dive into documents, and engage in academic conversations with fellow students. There are numerous ways to structure inquiry and this session will explore a few tried and true methods.  A model lesson utilizing primary sources, children’s literature, and informational text focusing on the Mendez v. Westminster court case will also be shared.

 Presentation Team:

  • Katharine Bowen, Davis Unified School District and California History-Social Science Project
  • Katharine Cortes, UC Davis History Project
  • Beth Slutsky, California History-Social Science Project