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Wednesday, July 15 • 10:20am - 11:25am
American Studies: A 21st Century Approach to teaching American History and Culture

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In an age when eliminating the silos of disciplines and allowing students to take ownership of their own education, American Studies provides a great model for humanities education in the 21st century. This session will explore how St. Anne’s-Belfield school's team-taught American Studies curriculum integrates a variety of web 2.0 platforms, many types of texts (including readings, images, films, and songs), and different modes of learning to enable teachers to differentiate and meet the needs of a diverse student body while providing them with key 21st century skills. We will present both a sample lesson and demonstrate the types of texts and technologies we have found most helpful. We will also discuss how this approach has enabled us to prepare our highest achieving students for the AP U.S. History exam and to help students who tend to struggle in Humanities courses find success.  Finally, we will discuss using different methods of assessment, including blogging the research paper and student-created projects on material history and first person accounts of historical events to help all of our students deepen their understanding of American History and culture and become engaged in doing the work of American Studies.

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Laura Robertson

Humanities Department Chair, St. Anne's-Belfield School
Laura Robertson is the Humanities Department Chair at St. Anne's-Belfield School where she also team teaches American Studies and acts as an advisor. Prior to taking on her current role, she served as the director of the English as a Second Language program for over a decade. In addition to her work at St. Anne's-Belfield, she has also collaborated with educators Peter Gow and Chris Thinnes in the creation of #PubPriBridge (www.pubpribridge.net... Read More →


Wednesday July 15, 2015 10:20am - 11:25am
Berkeley Room Boston Park Plaza

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