Hi Families and Community!
My name is Stefanie Morseth-Helmer, but people here at Marcy call me "Stefanie" or "Stef". I am the 7/8 US History teacher, 6th Enrichment, 6/7 Advisory teacher, and the Debate coach. I have taught in Minneapolis since 2003, teaching Social Studies in EBD programs. I am a second-year Marcy teacher, and I am super excited to be back as a Marcy Marlin.
Last year, I taught Global Studies and Model United Nations. Wherease that specific course was about summarizing and getting a "taste" of different cultures, US History is going to be details and mastery of a topic. Basically, we are getting into the nitty-gritty of research. I am attempting and striving to make this fun, dynamic, and a skill the students will use throughout their educational careers. Teaching research skills is going to have to be a whole community approach, especially for middle schoolers. So, parents/guardians, your help at home will be greatly appreciated.
The first 3 quarters of school year (well, about the whole year) will be dedicated to National History Day. You may be asking, "What is History Day?" Each year, more than half a million students participate in this event. Students will choose historical topics related to a theme. They will then conduct primary and secondary research through museums, libraries, interviews, etc. They will analyze and interpret their sources. After 2 quarters of researching their topic, the students will create and present their work in a choice format: original papers, exhibits, performances, websites, or documentaries. The students will be completed with the final project by the end of February. If the student choose to do so, the student may participate in the competition. The school competition will be judged upon my Marcy staff and Minnesota Historical Society judeges. The final product are entered into competitions in March at regional, state, and possibly national levels. The products are evaluated by professional historians and educators. Students will also create a work of art, reflecting their topic for the Artist and Writer's Fair in March. Basically, February and March will be CRAZY times for Marcy US History class.
Sounds intimidating? It is. However, we will persevere, learn, and move forward.
The theme of this year is "Taking a Stand." Because Marcy's theme is "Teaching Peace", the overall theme for our History Day will be "Taking a PEACEFUL stand." In the first quarter, students will be CAREFULLY selecting a topic within this theme. The students will find out It's not as easy as it appears. The topic should be before 1992. I have provided websites in this webpage.
Students will also be learning the curriculum from the MN State Standards. My plan is to go backwards throughout history. My experience has been that students do not reach their own lives in a history
1. The US on a Global Stage (1945-current)--also supporting the Socratic Seminar Current Events and Language Arts Novels on Self-esteem
2. Americans Coming of Age (1900-1945)
3. American Development (1865-1900)
4. America's Identity Crisis (1800-1865)
5. Expaning Amerian Identity (1800s)
Of course, we can't forget increasing geography skills. For the 9th grade curriculum, students may study Cultural Geography. Middle School students must know location of places in order to understand culture. GEOGRAPHY MATTERS! However, for some reason or many reasons, most Americans forget this. ;) We will have 4-5 geography assessments per quarter. This studying can be fun for the whole family because parents/guardians perhaps left geography skills back in their high school years.
The best way to contact me is by email:
I will do my best to get into contact with you within 24 hours.
Please note that evenings are hard for me to contact you because I have a 4 year-old and a 6 year-old.
National History Day Basic Page
2017 Taking a Stand Theme
Annotated Bibliography-How to Cite
NHD: Performance Entry
NHD: Exhibit Entry
NHD: Website Entry
NHD: Documentary Entry
NHD: Final Paper Entry
Hennepin County Library (Research)
Minnesota Historical Center Library
Minnesota Urban Debate League
CNN Student News
Jaywalking: Reasons to teach Geography
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