Podcast Using Current Events to Dive into the Past
BackStory is a weekly podcast that uses current events in America to take a deep dive into the past. Hosted by noted US historians, each episode provides listeners with different perspectives on a particular theme or subject—giving the listener all sides to the story and then some. BackStory is more than facts and headlines, however; it’s about how the past has shaped who Americans are today. A program of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, BackStory has ranked in the Top 10 of the iTunes Society and Culture list and as high as tenth among all iTunes podcasts. Teachers and students can get the history behind the headlines for free on iTunes or BackStory’s website. The resources icon indicates that educator resources accompany the episode.
Each month we publish blogs and several newsletters full of digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM resources. Below are items from our blogs and newsletters that educators turned to the most in December.
Sponsored by TheGilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the Dear George Washington Contest encourages elementary students to imagine the United States at its founding by composing a letter to President George Washington from the point of view of a person attending his first inauguration.
Facing History and Ourselves offers a teaching idea that uses images to help students connect emotionally to the experiences of individuals and groups who choose or are forced to leave their homelands and who place their wellbeing and safety into the hands of others.