6-12 Social Studies Teachers!

Does anyone on here teach a high school minority studies class? Do you teach according to US History chronologically or do you teach it with each group having their own unit?

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I teach US History thematically rather than chronologically. Each theme connects to several time periods, as well as present day

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Well, I don’t have US History. I’ve been teaching Minority Studies which is a prerequisite for US History. The way the standards are it’s an abbreviated US History that focuses more on people groups than events. Historically, I’ve had no textbook for this class, as well. This year, however, I’m receiving the old US History textbook as they’re getting new ones. I’m now changing the class to follow the standards, as well as flow better with the book.

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I used to teach a minorities course but haven’t in several years. We went back-and-forth between a chronological approach and a thematic approach. I think you can make either work. Having said that when you were teaching history there is an enormous amount to be said for chronology. After all the fundamental understanding of the discipline is that what happens prior matters to what happens in the future

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You’ll do just fine. So will they. Obsess over the kids rather than the curriculum ... it’s healthier for all involved

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