Social Studies Newsletter November 2022

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November 2022

Celebrate Freedom Week

In order to educate Oklahoma students about the sacrifices made for freedom on behalf of the country and the values on which this country was founded, November 11 has been designated “Veterans Day,” and the week in which November 11 falls has been designated “Celebrate Freedom Week” for the public schools of Oklahoma. As part of a social studies class, during Celebrate Freedom Week or during another full school week as determined by the local board of education, appropriate instruction concerning the intent, meaning, and importance of the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution, including the Bill of Rights, in their historical contexts shall occur. The study of the Declaration of Independence is to include the study and the relationship of ideas expressed in that document to subsequent American history, including the relationship of its ideas to the rich diversity of our people as a nation of immigrants; the American Revolution; the formulation of the United States Constitution; the Abolitionist Movement, which led to the Emancipation Proclamation; and the Women’s Suffrage Movement.

Students in Grades 3-12 shall study and recite the following from the Declaration of Independence:

      "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are              endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life,            Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. --That to secure these rights, Governments are          instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed."

The board of education of each public school district shall ensure that each school in its district will on Veterans Day conduct and observe an appropriate Veterans Day Assembly or classroom instruction that remembers and honors American veterans.

     The following are available teacher resources:

Native American Heritage Month

The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution, and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the rich ancestry and traditions of American Indians.

Put the power of primary sources to work in the classroom. Browse ready-to-use lesson plans, student activities, collection guides and research aids.

Visit Native Knowledge 360º for lessons and resources.

Oklahoma is home to 39 diverse tribal nations. Access current information directly from each tribe from the Oklahoma Historical Society at

Celebrate Native American Heritage Month with two film screenings:

  • "The Daughter of Dawn (1920) - free screening at the Poncan Theatre in Ponca City on Sunday, November 6, at 2:00 p.m. hosted by the Pioneeer Woman Statue and Museum
  • "Choctaw Code Talkers" (2010) - screening at the Oklahoma History Center in Oklahoma City on Saturday, November 12, at 1:00 p.m.

History of Voting Rights Free Workshop, Nov. 12

The Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum is proud to host the Gilder Lehrman Institute for a free Teaching Civics Through History professional development workshop on the history of voting rights in the United States. Teachers can attend in person or by livestream. The program will include:

  • A lecture and Q and A by Professor Duchess Harris from Macalester College
  • A presentation by the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum education team
  • A pedagogy session led by Master Teacher Nate McAlister discussing the history of voting rights in the United States from the late eighteenth century to 2000 presidential election
  • Participants will receive a certificate for 5 hours of professional development. Livestream participants must attend a minumum of 3 hours to receive a certificate.
  • The deadline to register for the in person event is November 10th.

In person Registration here                           Livestream Registration here

Geography Awareness Week Art Contest


Geography Awareness Week November 14-19,2022

This years theme is A World of Possibilities: Celebrate Career Paths in Geograpy

All Pre-K - 12th grade Oklahoma public school students are invited to participate.

The impressive array of career choices might be one of the geography discipline’s best-kept secrets. This year, the American Association of Geographers and OKAGE aim to change that. During the 35th annual Geography Awareness Week, they are showcasing the work of geographers in strikingly diverse areas, from agriculture and food security to tracking illegal mining; from foregrounding the geographies of health to the work of correlating cancer and air quality and applying Geographic Information Systems to patterns of substance abuse; from assuring the integrity of population counts to safeguarding wildlife ecologies; from advising on climate resilience to protecting fair voting maps. For the 2022 Art contest, students should consider their dream career path and how they might solve a real-world issue they are passionate about as a professional in their selected field. Submissions may convey any aspect of students’ selected profession and illustrate how they will work to improve upon their selected issue. Entries should show the local, state, national, or worldwide impact of their chosen issue – either presently or what they hope to achieve in the future.

Deadline for entries is November 19,2022.

Find guidelines and submission forms here.

Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute

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Revolutionize  the way you teach American History!

Apply today for the Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute fellowships for fifth and eighth grade teachers. 

Oklahoma Fifth Grade Teacher Institute - June 4-10, 2023 in Williamsburg, Virginia

Oklahoma Eighth Grade Teacher Institute - June 11-17, 2023 in Williamsburg, Virginia

  • Explore Colonial Williamsburg, the world's largest living history museum and            nearby Jamestown and Yorktown
  • Meet character interpreters of 18th-century people
  • Enjoy immersive experiences throughout the Colonial Williamsburg Historic              Area
  • Meet daily with a master teacher to discuss interactive teaching techniques and          develop creative lesson plans
  • Fellowships cover all program activities, airfare, lodging and most meals
  • Each teacher receives a $300 stipend for classroom materials
  • The program is administered by the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence and            funded through support from the Joullian family of Oklahoma City and a group          of loyal donors. 

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