ALA Unit/Subunit: AASL
Meeting Type: Program
Cost: Included with full conference registration.
Fostering Civic Engagement through School History explores how Brooklyn Connections, the school outreach arm of Brooklyn Public Library’s special collection, utilizes archives to teach students 21st Century learning skills through the lens of local history. Grounded in the use of primary and secondary sources as informational texts, this session focuses on researching school history as a method for providing students with a greater sense of place and civic responsibility within their communities.
This session models a selection of inquiry-based lesson plans created by Brooklyn Connections to teach students information literacy strategies for analyzing and synthesizing local primary and secondary sources pertaining to past and present issues in their communities. Participants receive practical ideas on where and how to locate and utilize sources from their schools and communities with the goal of promoting student interest in understanding, researching and discussing local issues. Final takeaways include a “Civic Engagement Action Plan” template for those interested in propelling students toward tangible civic participation.