Learning Resources

When Learning Shifts Online

Social Distancing and Teaching during a Pandemic

View Student Version

For Preservice Educators

When Learning Shifts Online

This is not our typical New American History Learning Resource. It is not tied to any particular Standards, and not geared towards a particular grade level or topic. It was not piloted and revised, but is a response to the urgent requests from K-12 teachers and colleagues supporting preservice teachers in various postsecondary Schools of Education to help with providing online learning options as schools prepare for extended closures in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and wide scale school closings. In light of these events, we offer ways our already free resources might be used and adapted for distance teaching and learning in hopes we might support teachers and students during these challenging circumstances.


Graphic Organizers

Two of our most popular graphic organizers have been the KWL Chart and our 321 Podcast Listening Guide. These are embedded into a few of our learning resources, but can also be adapted for use with other learning experiences.

The 5 E's Model

Our learning resources are constructed using the 5 E's model. While there are many versions of the 5 Es, we like to develop our learning resources to Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate and often times Extend. We leave the Evaluate step up to teachers, suggesting informal exit tickets or other formative ways to assess student thinking and learning.

Bunk Collections and Assignments

One of the newest tools in the New American History "Teacher Toolkit" is the Bunk Collections and Assignments tool. Teachers may create an assigned collection of Bunk excerpts to share with students, including the ability to label and annotate each excerpt, ask inquiry based questions, or pose discussion topics. A unique assignment code is then emailed to teachers to share out with students. Students can create their own collection in response to an assignment and submit it to their teacher and / or share with others. Teachers may also choose to create and share a collection of Bunk excerpts to insert into a learning resource of their own.

Your feedback is important!

Our lessons are designed by teachers for teachers, and your feedback is very important! All of our learning resources have a feedback link near the bottom and we read every single one of them! Please consider providing us your thoughts and suggestions on how we can continue to support teachers and students.

This work by New American History is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) International License. Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at newamericanhistory.org.

Comments? Questions?

Let us know what you think about this Learning Resource. We’d also love to hear other ideas or answer questions from you!

Give Feedback