Get ideas, examples and practice in utilizing free online tools to foster key connections between geography and core subject material. We explore examples from literature class and discuss other ready-to-use maps to help students do research presenations or projects.
Explore maps and activities that connect literature, history, and geography. We use online mapping tools to help students explore the importance of place to better understand works set in historic wars by authors such as Ernest Hemingway, John Hersey, and Stephen Crane.
Peace and War NCGE 2017(pdf of presentation)
After spending the spring semester working on the American Literature GeoInquiries™ and being a general map and book nerd, I loved seeing this story map by Susan Straight that shows the location of over 700 books! What’s not to love!!!
Power of Data Workshop
May 30 – June 2, 2017 | 8:30am – 12:30pm each day
Learn how to integrate Geographic Information Systems (GIS) into your curriculum using ArcGIS online.
Louisiana Tech University, Ruston in Woodard Hall 130
$500 stipends available for participants
$300 for attending the workshop and $200 for classroom integration
To say that I’m excited about this release is a gross understatement! In total we’ll have 15 of these short, map-based activities that enlighten the study of commonly taught American Literature works and their authors. The announcement on GeoNet from Esri is:
“The Esri Education Outreach team is pleased to announce the release of a sample pack from the forthcoming GeoInquiries™ collection for American Literature classrooms. The sample pack includes the first seven activities supporting high school American Literature instruction with ArcGIS Online. Eight additional activities will be released over the coming weeks. Topics in the sample pack include: The Crucible, Twain, Isaac’s Storm, Our Town, Steinbeck, Dr. King’s Letter from Birmingham Jail, and Into the Wild. Teachers wishing to use the activities are invited to complete the field test survey athttp://esriurl.com/GeoInquiryFeedback .
The new literature collection is the seventh geoinquiry collection supporting the mainstream use of ArcGIS Online in schools. Each collection contains 15 content-focused activities. Each activity is based on national curriculum standards, tied to key instructional books, and uses inquiry instruction to teach disciplinary content with ArcGIS Online. All activities and maps are free and licensed under Creative Commons for easy teacher modification. Learn more at http://esri.com/geoinquiries.”
If you are looking for resources, you’re in luck. There are many reliable sources producing good resources.
For working with primary sources, The WWII Museum in New Orleans has an excellent site. http://www.nationalww2museum.org/learn/education/for-teachers/primary-sources/pearl-harbor.html.
The folks at Teaching History have pulled together a nice set of lessons and resources, http://teachinghistory.org/teaching-materials/lesson-plan-reviews/25315.
Also the Discovery Education site has a library of lessons. This one is a good idea to have students do research and write. http://www.discoveryeducation.com/teachers/free-lesson-plans/pearl-harbor.cfm
My friend, Ninja, and I set out on an epic journey of our own this past academic year. As part of our adventure, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to include T.S. Spivet’s adventure. I looked high and low for lesson plans or activities (Why reinvent the wheel?!) but did not find it.
I created a set of Companion Questions to accompany an academic exploration of Reif Larsen’s The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet.
I’m sharing them here and hope that you and your students pack your bag and go exploring!
Geospatial Enlightenment for Reading & Writing
Join us for this three-day adventure in thinking outside the book. This institute, focused on integrating mapping, spatial literacy, and analysis into reading and writing instruction, is designed for any level of geospatial experience, novice through expert. Explore ready-made lessons centered around classic literature, non-fiction and content area reading. Learn how outdoor experiences can give students perspective. Create your own mapping experiences for students. Bring a book, story, article or content area reading with you to build your own multidisciplinary, differentiated learning experience for your students. You might consider working with a team of teachers to implement a cross-curricular, thematic approach. All activities will utilize ArcGIS Online in a web browser, which can be used on Macs, PCs and mobile devices.
Summer Spatial Institutes
- Geospatial 101
- Web Maps Galore
- ArcGIS Online Organizations: How will I ever manage?
- Watershed Ecology Institute
- Signs of Politics and Signs of Habitats: Analysis with ArcGIS Online
Join me Saturday, June 25, 2016, 1:30-2:45pm in the Coronado room!
If you can’t be there, here is my storymap/presentation for you.
Buy a book!
Starting Sunday, June 27 throughout the week, you can pick up two of my books in the Esri Store!