Upcoming Book Discussion


Saint Louis University History and MOCHE Board Member Professor Flannery Burke will discuss and sign her new book, A Land Apart: The Southwest and the Nation in the Twentieth Century, on Monday, November 6, 5:00-6:00 pm at the SLU Barnes and Noble bookstore in the Busch Student Center, 20 N. Grand Blvd.  Parking is available at the Laclede Garage, 3602 Laclede Avenue.  


There will be light refreshments and brilliant insights for a wonderful historian of the American Southwest.

For additional information, contact Lorri Glover: lorri.glover@slu.edu





MOCHE/ILCHE 2017: Hamilton's National Bank


In this lesson, students participate in two rounds of a role play to help them understand the role of banks in facilitating economic growth through loans. Round 1 is conducted without a bank. After the first round, students read excerpts from Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton’s 1790 report to Congress in which he proposes a national bank because the United States had few banks at the time. Students then conduct Round 2 of the role play with a bank. After the round, students read excerpts from and summaries of the statute creating a national bank, Thomas Jefferson’s opposition, and Hamilton’s rebuttal.


Truman State University Press Offers New History Collection for Young Readers

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You can provide books to a school or library in need.
The Notable Missourians series, produced by the Truman State University Press, is treasure trove of historical information. You can provide this exceptional resource to a school or library in need. With each donation of $100 to the University Press, the Press will provide all six books in the 2014 set to a school or library in the state of Missouri. 

Interested in making a smaller gift? Donations of all sizes can help put these books in the hands of Missouri children.

More about the Notable Missourians Series

Notable Missourians is a nonfiction book series for young readers in grades 3 to 6 about people who contributed to Missouri’s history or culture and who were born or lived in Missouri. Each full-color, 48-page, hardbound book is vividly illustrated with artistic drawings and historic pictures and maps to bring the text to life and is filled with details designed to be a valuable resource for students at the appropriate age level. 

The series meets the Missouri Learning Standards to build knowledge through reading and comprehension of more complex texts. Reading specialists have evaluated each text to check that it meets the appropriate reading level. This series was designed by historians, educators, and librarians who serve as authors, editors, and advisors. 

The 2014 series includes Great Walker: Ioway LeaderOlive Boone: Frontier WomanSam Nightingale: Slave, Storyteller, and Conjure ManJoseph Kinney: Steamboat CaptainEmmett Kelly: The Greatest Clown on Earth; and Helen Stephens: The Fulton Flash.

Interested in purchasing books from the Notable Missourians series? 
Check out the University Press store. 

MOCHE/ILCHE 2017: Why You Should Be Using Novels in Your Social Studies Classroom

Why You Should Be Using Novels in Your Social Studies Classroom

Presenter: George Haldaman, Mascoutah High School, Mascoutah, IL

Put kids into history! Instead of just “covering” history with your textbook, use novels to help students gain a more personal experience with the past. See the potential for developing critical thinking skills in Socratic Seminars, thinking about various perspectives on a topic, comparing competing sources. See how student growth in reading for information can be enhanced through a variety of selected projects.

MOCHE/ILCHE 2017: Popular Culture as Historical Context: Using Mass Media Sources to Teach American History

Presenter: Benjamin Leff, University Laboratory High School, Springfield, IL

What can students learn about 1950s gender ideology by watching “I Love Lucy”? About the rise of conservatism by watching “Rocky”? About race relations by listening to “Public Enemy”? Using popular culture isn’t merely a “fun” way to study history. It can be an important way for students to hone sophisticated historical thinking skills by performing complex intellectual labor: analyzing popular culture texts and linking them to their historical context. This session will focus on using popular culture to illuminate American history, as well as provide practical guidance for building lessons and units around mass media sources.

MOCHE/ILCHE 2017: Incorporating Debates, Multiple Perspective, and Simulations in History Lessons

Incorporating Debates, Multiple Perspective and Simulations in History Lessions

Presenter: Diane Haleas, St. Ignatius College Prep., Chicago IL

This presentation will offer a wide variety of engaging activities that teachers can incorporate into lesson plans from any time period. These activity ideas encourage students to consider historical events and current events from different perspectives. Learn how to organize and implement effective debates, simulations, and open forums in your classroom to increase student interest, involvement, and understanding of history, politics, and current events. Specific examples and practical hands-on materials will be provided.

MOCHE/ILCHE 2017: Bytes of the Past: History Education and Technology

Bytes of the Past: History Education and Technology

Presenter: John Gieger, DePaul University, Chicago, IL

As more technology becomes available in the classroom increased options also mean increased challenges for educators and students. Although it's easy to get swept away in the deluge of new tools and gadgets, technology can also help students deeply connect to the source and discover history in a new light. This session will explore the ways to harness the powers of educational technology to support curricula and engage students with primary sources.



John Gieger, DePaul University, Chicago, Il presents to the 2017 Missouri Council for History Education Annual Conference.

MOCHE/ILCHE 2017: Racism, Imperialism, and Anti-Imperialism: The Philippine-American War in Political Cartoons

Racism, Imperialism, and Anti-Imperialism: The Philippine-American War in Political Cartoons

Presenter: Steven Drajpuch, New Trier High School, Northfield, IL

American attitudes toward the Asiatic Other were consistent throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries. American involvement in the Philippine-American War was both supported and opposed using racist arguments. By examining a series of political cartoons, we can better understand the uses of racist ideology in pursuing American foreign policy goals.

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