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Using the Web for Communicative Language Learning and Professional Development—online course 
July 10-August 13, 2017
Presenter: Marlene Johnshoy 
In this five-week online course, participants will discover ways to use online tools to promote student language comprehension and production by motivating their participation and collaboration in the target language.

Developing Assessments for the Second Language Classroom
July 10-14, 2017
Presenters: Donna Clementi with Ursula Lentz
Focusing on the alignment of standards-based curriculum and assessment, this institute includes an overview of assessment fundamentals and practical step-by-step guidance in creating a standards-based performance assessment unit for classroom using Backward Design.

Teaching Heritage Languages and Learners
July 10-14, 2017
Presenter: Jenna Cushing-Leubner and Jennifer Eik
Participants will learn how to create powerful learning environments to support the unique needs of heritage language learners in the classroom.

Creativity in the Classroom: Fostering Student Learning Through Creative Language Experiences
July 10-14, 2017
Presenters: Amy Young and Anne Cummings Hlas
This fun institute is designed for foreign language and ESL teachers who want to promote creativity in their classroom while simultaneously improving learners’ target language proficiency.

Using Technology in Second Language Teaching 
July 17-21, 2017
Presenters: Adolfo Carrillo Cabello, Marlene Johnshoy, and Dan Soneson
Participants will learn how to use technology to facilitate student use of the target language and get hands-on practice in using computers to promote students' interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational communication skills.  Online attendance option.

Improving Language Learning: Styles- and Strategies-Based Instruction
July 17-21, 2017
Presenter: Martha Nyikos 
This summer institute is designed to help language teachers maximize students' ability to learn a foreign/second language through styles- and strategies-based instruction.

Teaching Language Through the Lens of Social Justice
July 17-21, 2017
Presenters: Pamela Wesely, Cassandra Glynn, and Beth Wassell
Participants in this institute will learn how teach for and about social justice in the foreign language classroom.

Beyond Communicative Competence: Using Authentic Materials to Develop 21st Century LiteraciesNEW!
July 17-21, 2017
Presenter: Kate Paesani
Participants in this exciting new institute will learn how develop students' 21st century literacies through engagement with authentic written, audio, audiovisual visual, and digital materials.

Content-Based Language Instruction and Curriculum Development
July 24-28, 2017
Presenter: Laurent Cammarata
During this institute, foreign language teachers will learn how to create content-based instruction materials and tasks to enhance students' language proficiency and content learning.

Culture as the Core in the Second Language Classroom
July 24-28, 2017
Presenters: Wendy Allen and Francine Klein
Weaving together theory and practice, this interactive institute will help teachers develop instructional strategies and practical tools for integrating language learning with a systematic culture curriculum.

Growing Learner Language: A Hands-On Approach to Developing the Language Learners Produce 
July 24-28, 2017
Presenters: Elaine Tarone and Maggie Broner
The focus of this institute is on the growth and development of the language learners produce, and how that growth may be enhanced by creating engaging, puzzle-solving activities that stimulate growth in learner language. 


Forty Years, Forty Films, Forty Weeks

With the beginning of November, we’re thrilled to welcome the start of 
“Forty Years, Forty Weeks” – a collaboration between Vision Maker Media and the American Archive of Public Broadcasting to celebrate Vision Maker Media’s 40th anniversary.Each week for the next forty weeks, a different film featuring Native voices from Native producers will be available to stream free online, in celebration of Vision Maker Media’s 40 years supporting American Indian and Alaska Native film projects.

Unit Plans, Primary Sources, Topical Resource Guides, Digital History Projects, etc.

Teaching American History

50 Core Documents: we teach about America by using original historical documents. We believe this list of 50 core documents provides an essential starting point for students, teachers, and citizens to think more deeply about what it means to be an American.

Introduction to the Bill of Rights. Learn about the Bill of Rights and this web site, including an overview of the site showing the origins of the Bill of Rights by amendment.

Free lessons introduce teachers to fresh primary resources plus background information and discussion strategies to integrate them into classroom teaching in history and social studies and for English languages arts and literacy.

National Council for the Social Studies

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Report of the proceedings and discussions at the Constitutional Convention
Free Book

Free lessons introduce teachers to fresh primary resources plus background information and discussion strategies to integrate them into classroom teaching in history and social studies and for English languages arts and literacy.

(Be)causes & Effects: WWI

2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the second full year of World War I. The causes of the war remain mysterious, its consequences ambiguous, and its effects on race, gender, civil liberties, and social morals profound. This one-day conference is devoted to the many facets of the era.

We the Voters

We've created six steps to help you get more involved in democracy and start making a difference. Step One was visiting the site. Find out how you can complete the next five in a few easy clicks. Get Started Now

Yak's Corner 

Yak's Corner is always available online at Also available online are downloadable Yaktivities pages, which helps students utilize every part of Yak's Corner in fun, interactive ways. Included are quizzes on vocabulary and reading comprehension, as well as discussion questions and word searches to keep students entertained while they learn from what the Yak has to offer. All activities are linked to the Core Common State Standards, as outlined on the teacher's guide and answer key page, ensuring that each lesson is directly valuable to a classroom setting. Check back every month for new Yaktivities pages to supplement each edition of Yak's Corner.

Refugee Stories: Mapping a Crisis (Choices)

Explore the human geography of the current refugee crisis; Employ data to create a map of the crisis; Examine one refugee’s story and use it to map his or her experiences; Consider challenges facing the international community and weigh responses to the crisis. Download:

The Iran Nuclear Deal   (Choices)

Download free lesson.

Curriculum Units at Teaching East Asia

Becoming Modern: Early 20th Century Japan through Primary Sources

Learning about countries throughout the world

Michigan eLibrary databases Britannica School Elementary, Middle, and High offer a wealth of information for students at each of these levels.  Students can select from World Atlas, Compare Countries, Tour the U.S.A. and at the Elementary level, Geography Explorer.

C3 Resources from the C3 Literacy Collaborative

The College, Career and Civic Life Framework for Social Studies State Standards re-envisions the purpose and instructional practices of social studies education in the states. These free recorded webinars will help you learn more about the C3 Framework and the instructional shifts needed to address the ambitions of social studies education laid out in the C3 Framework, and to help students achieve the goals of the new ELA/literacy Common Core State Standards.

Middle Level Learning

The World’s Largest Lesson

Designed to communicate ‘The Global Goals’ for Sustainable Development (End extreme poverty. Fight inequality and injustice. Fix climate change.) to the people most affected by them: Children themselves. Materials include an animated short film, designed for 8–14 year olds. The initiative is supported by teaching resources to help educators adapt lessons and make them more locally relevant.

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania Resources

America in Class Lessons from the National Humanities Center

NCSS is pleased to partner with StoryCorps for The Great Thanksgiving Listen. On Thanksgiving weekend, StoryCorps will work with social studies teachers across the United States to ask their students to record an interview with a grandparent or another elder. The pilot project is specially designed for students ages 13 and older and as part of a social studies, history, civics, government, journalism, political science class or as an extracurricular activity.

“Think-the-Vote” website

In this eLesson, students explore some the major themes that candidates and voters grapple with during every election cycle. Students imagine themselves as candidates, craft their own policy platform, and consider the constitutional basis of their platform ideas. They observe presidential debates from 1960 and 2015 and determine if changes in debate methods help or hinder the election process. They learn about the complications of the Electoral College, and whether it works.

Curriculum development related to the Middle East and/or North Africa CMENAS Curriculum

The Center for Middle Eastern and North Africa at the University of Michigan grants awards for the purpose of curriculum development. U.S. educators, including K-12 teachers, have the opportunity to use the MENA collections available at University of Michigan libraries, museums and archival collections and the opportunity to consult with faculty during their visit. For more information:

Debates in the Federal Convention of 1787 

Through careful research, Professor Gordon Lloyd has recreated an edition of that report that most closely resembles the version Madison intended to leave behind for “all who take an interest in the progress of political science and the course of true liberty.” Free PDF book.

Civil War Curriculum

Created by classroom teachers and our education department, The Civil War Curriculum is an easy-to-use, interdisciplinary, resource-rich guide for teaching the American Civil War. Explore the lessons online and download PDFs.

Overlap Maps

Compare the size of one part of the world to a different part of the world by overlapping their maps. Choose countries, states, etc., click on the arrow and compare.

Printable Maps of World

Elementary Curriculum on Japan
NEH Visualizing Cultures curriculum
Imaging Japanese History Online Curriculum


International Children’s Books in English  is an annotated bibliography designed to help teachers, librarians, and reading resource staff select English language books that promote understanding across global cultures. Each featured book has been translated into English, published outside the United States, or set in another country. The site offers multiple ways to search, including by age level, keyword, country, and awards.

America in Class Lessons from the National Humanities Center

Page to Stage Series

Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, 44575 Garfield Road, Clinton Township

The Center presents a theater and literacy program that brings to life curriculum-linked stage adaptations of significant works of American literature. These world-class productions starring professional actors bring characters from history and literature to the stage. Presentations include Dracula, I am Jack, Lily’s Crossing, Kite Runner, Romeo and Juliet, Where the Wild Things Are,  and others. Teachers, schedule your 2015-2016 field trip today! Teacher FREE with group of 20 or more.  To purchase tickets call Macomb Center Group Sales 586.286.2021 | Phone Orders Only.

ACTFL Collaborative Teams of World Language Educators

The development of the Languages and Literacy Collaboration Center (LLCC) will give all educators access to a multitude of resources. Through webinars, mentoring, a virtual resource portal, and online discussions, educators will collaborate around strategies to reinforce and strengthen learners’ literacy skills. Teams of 5-10 educators will collaboratively develop model units and lessons for diverse learners.  Literacy is a shared responsibility and no one person should do this alone. - See more at:

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