Field Trip: All Fifty U.S. States
Students will be invited to board an imaginary van as we drive across the United States over the course of this two-hour class, learning about geography and each state's history, capital, agriculture, landmarks, and natural resources.
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During this field trip, learners will board an imaginary van with their classmates as we explore all 50 U.S. states, using a map to plot our trip. As we enter each of the United States' four regions, plus Alaska, and Hawaii, we'll have a short land acknowledgment to recognize the indigenous people of the area and learn a few facts about their history. We'll also learn a few facts about each state's history, visit its capital city, learn about what crops are grown there, what natural resources...
This class is taught in English.
The learning goals for this class are that students will become more familiar with the geography of the United States as well as the history, landscape, landmarks, economies, and capitals of each state while having fun on an imaginary field trip with classmates.
I am currently enrolled in my final course through the Gettysburg College-Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History master of arts in American history program. In addition, I have bachelor of arts degrees in English, journalism, and political science. I was the director of a social justice center for three years during which time I routinely taught about and facilitated conversations about historical and current political events for both teen and adults participants. Before that, I was a newspaper editor and reporter for 15 years. I have been teaching history, social studies, and English Language Arts classes for the past five years. I am currently lead teacher at The Foster Woods Folk School, which focuses on education, storytelling, and the arts within an ecosocial justice framework aimed at celebrating and improving our connections as a global community of human and non-human earthlings. In this role, I work with learners of all ages with a primary focus of working with learners in grades three through 12.
2 hours per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
As we travel, students may encounter descriptions and discussions of wars, colonization, disease, current events, and death. The historical realities are disturbing to almost all students no matter their age, but may be particularly disturbing to younger learners. While I try to teach these realities in a way that shields younger learners from the worst of the historical horrors and in as age-appropriate manner as possible, these topics are likely to be mentioned during our field trip.
Materials will come from a myriad of sources including NewsELA, the Zinn Education Project, Learning for Justice, and the Council for Economic Education.
The Foster Woods Folk School, Teaching the Humanities Within an EcoSocial Justice Framework
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