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Go local! The power of teaching history through a local lens.

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Amy King

is a secondary history teacher, as well as an adjunct professor in higher education. Amy has received many awards and recognitions for her contributions to education including being named as a 2021 Grosvenor Teacher Fellow with National Geographic and Lindblad Expeditions, the 2019 Gilder Lehrman North Carolina History Teacher of the Year & National Finalist, and receiving the 2019 NCSU College of Education EdTalks Outstanding Alumni Award. 

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Lesson Summary:

Place-based local history—Taking macro (historical events, ex.: The U.S. Civil War) and analyzing the impact on the local community (micro).

Students will:

  • engage in inquiry through local historical place-based

  • engage in discussion surrounding the impact on the local community based on historical events.

ISTE Standards:

1.3 Knowledge Constructor 

1.7 Global Collaborator 

Try One New Thing:

Bring one local connection from your community into your classroom that is connected to a larger event in history to help students make connections between micro and macro history. Ideas for possible connections include:

  • Guest speakers (Community Member, City Council, School Board Member, etc.)

  • Newspaper articles

  • Historic locations

  • Local monuments

  • Local museums or archives



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