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Tenth Period | Why Teach Social Studies in a Crisis?

Effects of the Covid-19 pandemic have called into question what the institution "school" as we know it really means. While classes become remote or non-existent, bigger questions emerge like: "What does learning itself mean?" and "How does learning about the past prepare us for the present?" BRI staff Rachel, Gary, and Kirk, examine the purpose of social studies education in a crisis, and techniques for conveying this importance to students.

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Tenth Period | Quaranteaching History Today: BRI Teachers Discuss Adapting to this Civic Moment

In this special Tenth Period, BRI Staff Kirk and Rachel are joined by five of our Teacher Council members, Greg Yarnall, Ryan Kelly, Jessica Culver, Eliot Waxman, and Molly Schneider, to discuss how they are adapting to teaching during the Covid-19 pandemic. They'll share tips on how they have managed to keep their students engaged in the midst of school closure, delay, and a largely remote learning environment.

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Tenth Period | America’s Response to Crisis: What We Can Learn from the Past and How To Look Ahead

BRI staff Kirk and Rachel will take a moment to reflect during this challenging time by examining past crises in American history and evaluating what we can learn from them. They’ll be touching on a range of social and governmental responses to critical events and incorporating relevant primary sources, including FDR’s Fireside Chats, Alexis De Tocqueville's "Democracy in America," and various contemporary media responses to the 1918 influenza pandemic.

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Tenth Period | Robber Barons or Captains of Industry: Teaching the Gilded Age Economics

BRI staff members Rachel and Kirk are joined by Nicole Moretti, World History, World Geography, and AP U.S. History teacher from Lyman, Wyoming, and BRI Teacher Council member, as they discuss the American industrial age and the ensuing economic explosion. They will consider whether the magnates of the Gilded Age were talented individuals whose skills benefitted society as a whole (captains of industry), or selfish individuals who harnessed the worst parts of human nature for their own gain (robber barons). They'll incorporate two contrasting primary sources: "Looking Backward, 2000-1887" by Edward Bellamy and "Wealth" by Andrew Carnegie.

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Tenth Period Close Reading | Presidents and the Constitution: Foreign Policy

In honor of President’s Day, BRI staff members Rachel and Kirk are joined by Christopher Evans, BRI Teacher Council member and Teacher Advisor for the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, as they discuss the executive office through the lens of foreign affairs. They’ll be engaging in a close reading of the Monroe Doctrine and other important foreign policy statements from U.S. history.

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Tenth Period | Monuments and Their Meanings: How to Teach About the Complexities of War

Join BRI staff members Kirk and Rachel, Mike Knapp, Chief of Historical Services at the American Battle Monuments Commission, and Sean Redmond, BRI Teacher Council Member and National WWI Museum and Monument High School Teacher Fellow, as they discuss the complexities of war. They look into what American battle monuments say about our civic values and how these ideas can be translated to the classroom.

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Tenth Period | John Marshall’s Decision, Marbury v. Madison

BRI staff members, Kirk Higgins and Rachel Davison Humphries were joined by special guests Dr. Joyce Lee Malcolm, Professor of Constitutional Law and the Second Amendment at the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University and Jotwan Daniels, 2019 BRI Teacher Council Member and Master Educator from Breckenridge, CO, as they discuss the famous Supreme Court case Marbury v. Madison. They analyze the impact of the case and discuss pedagogy techniques in a rousing discussion.

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Teaching with Current Events | BRI’s #TenthPeriod Webinar Series

In this first in our new series of "Tenth Period" webinars for educators, Bill of Rights Institute staff members Kirk Higgins, Rachel Davison Humphries, and Chris Janson address the opportunities and challenges of teaching with current events, while introducing free BRI resources to help teachers set a tone for civil conversations, teach media literacy, and use the new BRI current events dashboard as a tool for finding material to easily integrate current events into daily lessons.