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March 2016

In This Issue
Teacher Edition Launched
Henry Grady
Standards Revision
Standards Spotlight
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GPB is excited to announce the launch of the teacher edition of the Georgia Studies digital textbook! Since the launch of our student edition in 20 12, we have received close to 2,500 online registrations. The new edition, designed specifically with teachers in mind, provides additional depth to this state-of-the-art, interactive approach to experiencing Georgia history.

Using cutting-edge technology, our digital media team created a unique layout where the teacher content is presented alongside the student content. Once you have downloaded the teacher edition, you will see the information presented in two different ways. The landscape view presents the student version while the portrait view unlocks an additional level of access to a wealth of teacher's materials for each chapter.  

The "Chapter Forward" section of each chapter contains unit and chapter tasks, printable PDFs, Georgia Performance Standard co rrelations, activity ideas, constructed response questions, and technology links. The first step is to register for a username and password if you have not already. Click here for more information.

Henry Grady And The New South
A Vision for the Future
Published on March 14, 1874, i n the  Atlanta Daily Herald , H enry Grady's famous "New South" editorial advocated for the economic transformation of the region through investment and diversification. 

Students can compare his vision with " The South and Her Problems " speech, given in October of the same year. The Georgia Historical Society has a Teacher's Guide to using this and other related primary sources. Galileo and Georgia Historic Books offer six of Grady's speeches  from an 1890 copy of his book. 

An episode of "Today in Georgia History" covers a brief look at his life. A version is also available on page 389 of the Georgia Studies digital textbook.
Revised Standards Survey
New Georgia Studies Standards 
The State Board of Education has posted, for a 60-day public comment period, the first Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE) for science and social studies. If approved, the standards will be implemented in the 2017-18 school year, following a full year of teacher training. To view the proposed standards click  here

A crosswalk guide is available f rom the Georgia Department of Education, t hat details the differences, per standard, between the current wording and the proposed revisions. 

Standards have been significantly streamlined. A survey is open until March 14 at 5:00 pm EST for comments and concerns regarding the revisions. Keep in mind that the survey is open to the public, so the more social studies educators to offer their thoughts, the better!
Spotlight On The Standards
Georgia between 1877 and 1918 (SS8H7a)
As the Reconstruction era closed and southern conservatives regained control of Georgia politics, the Bourbon Triumvirate faced challenges to their ascendency. A video of Robert Toombs can help students get a closer look at the influence of these individuals on Georgia politics (373-75). Henry Grady's vision for a New South is described with primary documents and charts for better visualization (408-10). Pop-out maps and graphics put a human face on the changing region. A video of the International Cotton Exposition details the achievements, resources, and intentions of its promoters (411-12). 

Tom Watson championed Georgia's farmers in  a new, industrialized economy (377-78). Another progressive was Rebecca Latimer Felton, who saw the crusade for prohibition intersecting with the movement for women's suffrage (396-97). A speech by Felton articulates her position for students (404-05). 

As Georgia moved forward into the new century, strains in society were exposed. A 
video of the Atlanta Race Riot (396) expands on the connection between race and progressivism. The Leo Frank Case is included in the discussion of race (431).    

The impact of the county unit system is explained later in text, along with a clever, interactive graphic that shows the inequality of the system (515). Further information is available in the "Events in History" section which boasts a chart and specific examples to support student understanding.

We want to hear from you! 

Send us feedback or suggestions for the digital textbook or request an 
on-site demonstration by emailing one of our Education Outreach Specialists:

Michael Kuenlen, South Region

Tracey Wiley, North Region