This week, July 17 – 19, we are honored to be presenting at the 2014 Whole Language Literacies for All Summer Institute in Pasadena, California. Our presentation Making Meaning: Bridging Language Arts and Social Studies will engage the audience in inquiry based activities that involve students in reading, writing, listening and speaking as tools for learning social studies content. We will showcase our flagship activity, Elmtown, which focuses on the events that lead to the American Revolutions in a role-playing format.
Earlier in July we conducted a similar workshop with a group of about 14 Chicago Public School Teachers. Their passion for their work and their students was invigorating. They inspired us to create a users blog for Elmtown. Below our the handouts that can get you started with Elmtown. It is a work in progress so we are always adding and hopefully just making it better. If you would like additional support in trying this with your students this year just let us know. It might be fun to have all our students blogging with each other.