Readings Schedule

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Week One (Aug 16 & 18): Course Introduction, Expectations, and WordPress / Introducing Zotero

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NOTE: Students will receive a copy of the NC Essential Standards for World History (also available online at: Bring this document to every class session for easy reference

Week Two (Aug 23 & 25): NC American History I & II Standards / Common Core & C3 Framework

Readings to discuss this week

  • Aug 25: Read “North Carolina Moves to Repeal the Common Core” in the Washington Post
  • Aug 25: Read Myths vs. Facts page on the Common Core website, but focus on “Myths About Content and Quality: General” and “Myths About Implementation”
    • (In-class audio clip) NPR segment entitled “North Carolina Rethinks the Common Core”; transcript of this segment here
  • Aug 25: Read Education Week, September 25, 2013: “New Social Studies Framework Aims to Guide Standards
    • (In-class handout) Education Week, Dec 21, 2015: “North Carolina Common Core school standards revamp stumbles”
    • (In-class handout) The C3 framework for Social Studies State Standards, “How to Read the C3 Framework” and “The Inquiry Arc of the C3 Framework,” pgs. 6-7, 9-10 and 82-91 (perhaps the most important part of our discussion on Aug 25).

Week Three (Aug 30 & Sep 1): Cognitive Levels and How They Inform the Creation of Essential Standards & State Assessments

Readings to discuss this week

  • Sep 1: Sam Wineburg and Jack Schneider, “Inverting Bloom’s Taxonomy.”
  • Sep 1: Read the released questions for the NC Final Exam in American History I or II (or both if you have time).
    • Recommendation: Start at the end with pages 1-4 of the appendix (answers, scoring, etc.) and see if any particular standards were more important (appeared more than once) After you do this, go to the beginning and read the 12 exam questions.
    • (In class) We will look at the handout on NC Final Exams Assessment Specifications]

NOTE: Students will receive the NCDPI document “Essential Standards: American History I & II – Unpacked Content.” Use this document as you plan, construct, and revise your portfolio curriculum materials


Week Four (Sep 6 & 8): Curriculum Design, UbD, and Mapping

Readings to discuss this week

  • Sep 6: Richard Stiggins, Judith Arter, Jan Chappuis, and Stephen Chappuis, Classroom Assessment for Student Learning (Princeton, NJ: ETS, 2006), Chapter 3, pgs., 75-83. (scanned – go to “Readings-Private” page and enter the password)
  • Sep 6: Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe, Improve Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction Using the Understanding by Design Framework, “Introduction: What is the UbD Framework?” (ASCD Professional Learning Services, 2014).

Week Five (Sep 13 & 15): Unit Planning & Summative Assessments

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Week Six (Sep 20 & 22): Lesson Planning / Formative Assessments

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PART III: Balancing coverage with “doing” history: Varying APPROACHES

Week Seven (Sep 27 & 29): Big Picture History Curriculum (Approaches, Coverage, Depth) in the 21st C

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  • Sep 27: VanSledright, Bruce, The Challenge of Rethinking History Education, pp.5-14 covers the Bob Brinton-Nancy Todd approaches to teaching U.S. History in a high school classroom: who fits, and doesn’t fit, in the American Exceptionalism narrative. (scanned – go to “Readings-Private” page and enter the password)

Week Eight (Oct 4 & 6): Coverage vs. Deep Understanding (cont’d) / Teaching History as Mystery: Minor Mysteries

Readings to discuss this week

  • Oct 4: (CT) Gerwin, David and Jack Zevin, Teaching U.S. History as Mystery, Chp. 1 – pp. 1-15 (just the top half).
  • Oct 6: (CT) Gerwin and Zevin, Teaching U.S. History as Mystery, Chp. 2 – pp. 27-38 … AND … 3 – pp. 39-60 (if pressed for time, focus on pp. 39-49 and bottom half of pg. 58 to pg. 60).

Week Nine (Oct 11): History as a Mystery: Medium Mysteries & The Conspirator

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······Fall Break (October 13-14) ·······

Week Ten (Oct 18 & 20*): Teaching Literacy through Inquiry / Globalizing the Curriculum

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  • Oct 18: (CT) Wineburg, Martin, and Monte-Sano, Teaching Literacy in Middle & High School History Classrooms, Introduction, pp. ix-xii.
  • Oct 18: (CT) Wineburg, Martin, and Monte-Sano, Teaching Literacy in Middle & High School History Classrooms – Selected Readings (will vary according to groups: Pocahontas & John Smith, the battle of Lexington, Lincoln and race, electricity and women’s work, Rosa Park and the Montgomery Bus Boycott).
    • Note: Groups will be assigned in class.
  • Oct 20: Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe, “Helping Teachers Understand ‘Understanding’,” ASCD (Winter 1999), 1 and 6.
  • Oct 20: View historian Peter Stearns’ comments on the danger of making US History exceptional, and unique, to events in global history. (8 min.)
  • PLEASE NOTE: I will be attending the World View Conference on Thursday Oct 20. We will have a guest speaker this day who will speak on the impact of global learning for educators.


Week Eleven (Oct 25 & 27): Textbooks: What Are They Good For? (Absolutely Nothing?) / Digital Literacy: Finding High-Quality Resources Online

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Week Twelve (Nov 1 & 3): Individual Conferences this Week

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  • Nov 1: Explore Middle and High School sections at []. Find useful resources for teaching American History, lesson plan ideas, best teaching practices, and digital tools for American History
  • Nov 1: Watch the video “Digital Classroom” on the main page of com

Week Thirteen (Nov 8 & 10): Professional Organizations, Professional Development / Building a Professional Portfolio, Resumes, and Going on the Job Market

Readings to discuss this week

  • Nov 10: Browse the NCCSS conference program for last year (sessions start on page 19). Notice the Student Teacher Scholarship on page 6.
  • Nov 10: Browse tweets by @rmbyrne
    • Be prepared to share one useful Tweet, its link, and application for being an effective US History classroom teacher

PART V: Projects, Presentations, and Wrap-up

Week Fourteen (Nov 15 & 17): Final Presentations Begin (8-9 presentations this week)

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  • Nov 15 & 17: None

Week Fifteen (Nov 22): Final Presentations Continue (5 presentations today)

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  • Nov 22: None

······ Thanksgiving Break (Nov 23-25) ·······

Week Sixteen (Nov 29): Final Presentations Conclude (3-4 presentations today) / Course Wrap-up

Readings to discuss this week

  • Nov 29: Tufte, Edward. “The Cognitive Style of PowerPoint: Pitching Out Corrupts Within” in Beautiful Evidence, Cheshire, CT: Graphics Press, 2006, Chapter 7.

Final Exam Schedule: Reading day is on Thursday Dec 1; Exam on Tuesday Dec 6 (3:00-5:30 PM). This is the last day to submit your digital portfolio and final exam essays, which are emailed to the instructor at, with a paper copy delivered in person to Prof. Sibaja’s office on Dec 6 before 5:30pm.