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Last Updated: September 15, 2023

Teach Ethnic Studies With Gale In Context Resources

You Gale In Context resources provide your learning community with on-demand access to a variety of content types to support your Ethnic Studies curriculum. This training aims to equip educators with the knowledge and skills to effectively incorporate Gale In Context resources into their ethnic studies curriculum. From guiding students through the history of ethnic groups to exploring current events and influential people, Gale In Context can bring the world to your classroom.

Duration: 30 Minutes
Thank you again everyone for joining.

My name is Amber Winters and I am a senior training

consultant here at Gale. And today we're

going to be talking about how you can teach ethnic

studies with your gale in context resources.

And first off today, I want to talk about some of the

different supporting content pieces that

are going to help you as you start to build your curriculum

for your classes. And I want to point out today

since we're talking about scale and context

as a whole, as opposed to just one or two of the

resources I have kept this a bit

more broad, talking more about content types

and content buckets as opposed

to very specific examples of content.

So you'll be able to kind of explore the specifics

on your own. But I'm going to give you the foundational

framework to be able to do that.

After that, we're going to talk a bit about different

strategies and tools that you can use in your classroom

classroom. So not only finding the content

but different ways that you can leverage it to best support

your students and we will have some time at the

very end of the session for any questions you have

and I have some contact information as well.

So again, since this is going to be a bit more

of a broad session covering all of the in context,

resources, if you're interested in your

particular collection and want to dive in a little

bit more on how it relates to your school and

your curriculum.

At the end of the session, I'll give you information

for your customer success manager and they can dive

in and be a little more specific. So

kind of moving forward.

And again, if you have questions as we move through

the session, feel free to put them into the Q and A

I do have it up and monitoring it and I should be

able to get everything answered. A if

not, it'll be answered at the very end of the session

here. So

first, I just want to mention all of Gale in context.

So you see here, we have a lot of resources and a lot of

different subjects. And I

personally didn't think that's great for an ethnic

studies class because we are able to bring you a holistic

approach to ethnic studies. So

you will find kind of your standard, but you would expect

things like your social studies resources, your

current events resources.

But we also have some great content for ethnic

studies in our new Gale and con context

literature. So if you're planning on

studying authors from different ethnic

groups or studying different topics

or concepts that are really applicable

to whatever you're studying. You may want to take a look

at your gale and context literature resource.

You'll find great content.

We also have two science resources that may

be a part of your collection. If they are,

don't count them out for your ethnic studies

classes because we do have a lot of great topic

pages in those resources that

cover health care discrepancies,

how different environmental um topics

are impacting different ethnic groups. So

those are available for you as well if they're in your collection

and we do have our three cross curricular resources

that most likely a lot of you currently have

access to slide scale in context, elementary

middle school and high school.

And those really give an overarching,

look at your curriculum

and overarching, look at all of the topics we have available.

And I'd like to see the these cross curricular

are more broad but just a little bit more shallow.

And as you get into these content, subject

specific resources, they're going to get deeper.

So their focus will be narrowed down, let's

say, just to us history and you'll be able to

dig a lot deeper.

So I do sometimes get questions which resource

should I start on? If you do have

the whole collection, of course, sometimes it is a little bit


So I do suggest if you're a little bit overwhelmed

as we're starting through the session, maybe you're trying to follow

along in your own resources. It's sometimes

beneficial to start off with a cross curricular

resource. So if you're in the middle school

environment gale in context, middle school

and start your searching and your learning just

in that cross curricular. So you're going to get kind of

that base surface level of content. And

as you start to move forward, you may see

that you need to dive a little bit bigger. Maybe you need

some biographies on individuals

that aren't quite covering these cross curricular

resources, then you can dive deeper

into something like biography or us or world

history. So

of course, how you approach these resources in your

classroom is completely up to you.

But just a suggestion, a lot of times that cross

curricular starting point is a really nice way to

get to that.

Now, when we're specifically talking about ethnic

studies, we really cover four main topics

or main main categories that are going to support

your class. The first is going to be history

as expected. Of course, ethnic studies

doesn't just start with where we are. everything

that's impacting an ethnic group started previously

started in the history. So we've got a huge collection

of history materials that are going to help you out

followed, of course by cultures and religions.

So in addition to just the cultural

experiences of the different ethnic

groups. We also cover their religions, all

of the different religions of the world. You'll find some

great content here as well.

People, we have a huge

collection of biographies that are going to supplement

your learning. So as you're starting to go through different

ethnic groups and kind of teach about

different areas, different people, we've

got the support of different biographies and primary

sources for you.

And finally, our current events, especially

if you have access to Gael and context,

opposing viewpoints or Gael and context

global issues, you'll find a huge amount of current

event content, things like newspapers

and magazines that are going to really bring the

outside world into your classroom. You're

getting beyond the standard curriculum and

your students are really starting to see how this is actually

playing out around them, what different groups

are going through, how they can be supported,

how everyone can kind of interact together.

So it's a really nice piece to have all of that current event


So let's just dive a little bit deeper into those

four categories. So first up is history

and we've got content all the way from ancient

history to more contemporary history, both

in the US and the world. So we'll have

information on things like politics and key

events that have kind of come

and go as well as different social movements.

So you'll find things in here like Ancient Africa.

If you're really starting from

the very basic and are planning to move forward,

you'll also find


acts laws, things like

that court cases related

to different ethnic groups. So you'll be able to pull that

content forward for your students. We

also have information on different groups

and parties that have been created kind of moving

through. So again, as you're moving forward

in your timeline, we'll be able to pull that content

for you as well.

And we have different movements in here, which I

personally think is a really great feature and we

have information on different movements and a lot of

our different resources particularly

our cross curricular resources gall

in context, us history, as well as

galling context, opposing move, opposing


you'll find great overviews about different

movements. Again, to really kind of solidify

what students are learning about, to understand

the experiences of these different ethnic

groups and how they're

related to society and how society

is related to them

moving forward from history. We do have information

both on cultures and religions.

What's really nice is we have what we call topic

pages, we'll dig into a little bit more, but

we have topic pages on specific groups

you'll see here. We have a topic page just for Japanese

individuals, kind of giving a little bit of a background.

We also have it on different countries.

So as you start to work through different groups, if, if

you want to talk about generally

the home countries they come from. We do

have some great topic pages created for those

as well. You'll see we include quick facts here

and kind of pull forward a little bit more after

religions we've also chosen to highlight

here. You'll see, we've got Buddha Buddhism listed

to give again that nice background for students.

And finally, we do also have quite a bit of holiday

information, which I think is a really nice feature.

So not only are we learning about you

know, the history of individuals and kind of the current

events around individuals, we get to learn specifically

about their culture, you'll see, have pulled forward

here. So be able to kind of learn

what they do during this holiday, what the holiday

day is celebrating

and really engage more

deeply than just kind of getting the basic


And our people here are kind of obvious,

but we've got a huge collection of biographies. I

do like to point out though that it's both historical

and contemporary figures. So it's the kind

of the historical that you would expect to see.

But we've also started pulling it into kind

of current again to try to bring the real

world into your classroom. So

you'll find those standing bear

Frida callow things like that. But then

you'll also start to see individuals like Lizzo

and Elan Omar as well. So we're trying

to pull all of this forward. You'll see they are

a, a wide variety of individuals. You'll find

people all the way from music

and politics to authors and writing


scientists. If you're planning on highlighting

key scientists in different ethnic groups,

you'll find a huge collection of scientific

biographies as well. So really

a broad range of biographies available

to you

and finally, current events, I really like to highlight

our news and magazines that are found in a lot of our

resources that they're updated

daily. You'll notice if you do start to kind of click

through on your own, you're going to find a, a lot

of the news and magazine content that's going to pop

up. As the most current is going

to be, you know, last month, last

week, we really try to keep it as up to date

as possible. So you can bring that content to

your students. So you're going to find information

and current trends in society. So like Islamophobia,

you'll also find if there is something that we've chosen

to highlight here, missing and murdered indigenous

women and girls is a, a big topic

of interest that a lot of individuals are studying.

So we've chosen to pull that information forward

to make it really kind of

simple and easy for you and your students to find.

We also have things like multiracial America,

which is a much more broad topic, but

something that is also discussed frequently

and you'll find things like migrant workers as well.

So again, there are current events that are kind

of happening but also just current trends

in America and in society as a whole.

Now, within all of those different topics in

those buckets, we have a few different content types

that I want to point out to you as you start to kind of

clip clicking through the resource and finding


The first being our topic overviews and these

are found in all of the in context, resources.

These are going to give a nice background

about whatever topic, whatever group of individuals,

whatever event you're going to be looking at and you're going

to be teaching your students.

It's really nice for you. If it's something you haven't looked

at in a while, but it's also great to forward along to

students. They'll be able to get that that

base before they dive deeper into

their studies.

We've also got a huge collection of primary


which I find extremely beneficial

for our our students is to kind of start to click

through. So if you're looking from, for primary

sources from various eras, you'll find

that in the resources as well. We've got

a large collection of course within gale and context

us history. But we also have them included

in Gale in context: high school

Gale In Context: Middle School Gale In Context: Elementary.

so you do have primary sources for all levels

and for all grades available to you as well.

Our multimedia content is huge.

I know sometimes when we think about online

resources like this, we think about text,

we think about, you know, reference articles, newspapers

and things like that, but we've got a huge

collection of images, videos

podcasts that really kind of

bring that extra layer for your students. So if

you have struggling readers or maybe

you're just trying to spice up a little bit, you notice you have

kind of a text heavy units

or lesson that's coming up. We can kind

of help you spice that up a little bit. We've got a huge

multimedia collection that's listed within our resources

as well.

And finally, I did already mention it, but

our biographies are found throughout the entire

in context suite. So even if you don't have access

to Gale and context biography, you'll

be able to find biographies on key individuals

in whatever subject you've clicked into. So

be it science, environmental studies,

US history, you'll find individuals

in all of those resources to support you as

you kind of teach through your students.

Now, I will pause quickly. I've talked

quite a bit and I wanna make sure there aren't any questions

that have come up just about the different content

types that we have available.

OK? I don't see any questions. So

I want to move forward now and talk about the organization

of our resources specifically

today, I want to talk about topic pages. These

pages are perfectly

designed to give to students at the beginning

of a lesson or the beginning of a unit

just to keep them organized, whatever they're

learning about. You see, I've pulled forward today,

the Black Lives Matter topic page on

Gale In Context: Opposing Viewpoints.

But what we've done is we've made this really simple

kind of one stop shop for information.

So at the very top of these topic pages,

we include a topic overview.

That's just a basic starting point. You know, this

is what we're going to be studying here are some key facts.

But then underneath it, we've pulled forward

all of the different content onto this nice

on this page button here.

So this is great for students who are maybe

looking for. Remember I mentioned our podcast, if they're

looking for an audio file, they can just

click directly into there. So it's saving them

the search instead of running a search for Black

Lives Matter and then kind of weeding through the

results that way they land on this topic

page and we've, we did it for them, we've

organized it for them so they can kind of point

and click through and find information they need.

And then on the bottom of that page, we

have the content bucket. So each of these different

content, content types are pulled

down below here. So your students can see

kind of the top three results


and generally they are organized by relevancy.

So they'll be able to see those top three relevancy.

We have a quick question

here that I'm just going to read through earlier in the

presentation, you showed a page on the Chinese Exclusion

Act. Does that page include current

events covering a api discrimination

happening today?


So I believe that image that I showed was from

context us history. So that is more

focused in the past. But I will

say within a lot of our resources, we actually

have Asian American and Pacific

Islander topic pages

that are going to cover the culture, the history kind

of current events. And I'm actually, I've got one of those

ready to go that I want to show you anonymous and attending. So

thanks for asking right now. Um

We'll take a look and you'll be able to see what's kind of currently

going on.

Jumping ahead of me. I already know where I'm going with this.

I love it.

Um So let's go ahead and move forward here.

So just a couple ideas for using top

topic pages in your classroom and then we're going

to dive in to actually see how they function

first. They're really great activity

starting point. So if you're planning

on starting talking about, let's say discrimination

against a api individuals,

you can start off on a topic page and you can

actually build different activities right, directly

from that start that, topic

page. So things like scavenger hunts

and escape, escape rooms are great ways to get

students actively engaged in the content

without really feeling like researching.

You know, you're not telling them to start searching

for and find some information.

you're giving them activities that they can do

and they hit this one landing point. So

you're not having to kind of direct them to different places

and help them work through different

maybe more advanced searches. They're

landing in one spot and they're just pointing and

clicking and finding the content they need.

In addition, they're really great bellringer fuel

again. Perfect landing point. And you can

have your students find me a picture

that you want to analyze or look at one of our overviews

and answer some critical thinking questions and

that's something they can do on their own while you're taking attendance

or while you're doing whatever you need to do before getting started.

They can just find that info and it's ready

to go for them. Nice and simple. Right on the topic


Finally, it's great as a review. Of

course, once you are ready to move on, they can

just take another quick look at the overview

and we also have a related topic section

found on our topic pages as well.

So if you are kind of wrapping up and you're wanting

to move forward sometimes that related

topic is going to help your students move forward

and find another topic of interest that they can

keep learning about.

So, let's go ahead and take a look.

There are a few different ways we can find

the real, almost timed

out but didn't there are a few different ways we

can find topic pages here. So I'm going

to cover that as opposed to a standard, just


walkthrough because I'm sure you're all familiar

with how searching works. Of course.

So we're just going to take a look at finding topic

pages. So the first way to do that is just to scroll

down on the home page. I've chosen to click into

ga and context high school today, but

it works the same for all of your other context, resources.

So if you're working through us, history or


you'll get the same look. It's slightly different

in Gale and context elementary just because we've

toned it down a little bit for the young kids. But,

we still have the topic page layout within

Gale and context elementary.

But if I scroll to the very bottom of the page here,

you'll see, I have my option to browse different topics

and you'll see we have some different, oops,

I did get signed out. Give me a second here.

Sorry about that.

It didn't click through in time.

There we go.

So you see, we have some different categories available

here and we can click into all of the categories.

So, if I want to take a look at world cultures and religion,

now I'll be able to see all of the topic pages.

We have CRE created related

to that specific category

and these aren't every topic we

have in the resource, as you could imagine. We

aren't able to create topic pages for every

idea or every

everything that can be found in the resource.

We build topic pages about the most

searched, the most used and the most studied

topics. So if you're kind

of clicking through and don't find exactly what you're looking

for in our topic pages, or maybe your students have

something very specific,

maybe less studied in mine, then they'll

run their basic search and they'll pull content that

way. But a lot of the key topics

that are being studied will be found

on these topic pages. So again, we can


the very top here. I can choose

to nar out all my topics. I can view all of

them if I hit view all, take

a second to load. there's

a lot here,

of course. So another way to find our topic pages

is to start running a search when I

do that. Anything that has a topic page. So let's

take a look at Asian American and Pacific


as I start to type through here. Anything

with this predictive text that's bolded

is a topic page.

So you'll see, we actually have two within gallon context

high school. We have one specifically

just Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

and we have one that's about Asian American

Pacific Islander Heritage Month. So we've pulled

forward content specifically

related to the month as opposed to the,

the culture and the individuals as a whole.

So let's click on the first one here

and now we're pulled here to our topic page.

And these again, look the same in all of our resources

except for Galan context. Elementary does look

slightly different for our young kids.

But as I start to scroll down now on my

topic page at the very top here, I have my

overview so we can hit read more

and we can actually send this right out to kids if we want

to, if we want to give them a background before we get


you'll see on all of our overviews. We also

have critical thinking questions. So another Great

Bell Ringer idea, if you want students to start

taking a look at this, maybe, you know, answer these

three critical thinking questions and we're gonna talk about them

in 10, 15 minutes just to

get them kind of started in their learning

and jumping back to the topic page here.

Underneath this overview.

Again, you'll see all of the different bits of content

we have here. So you'll see specifically

within Galan context, high School. We've got a reference works

video, we've got some academic journals. So

if you're teaching a more advanced

group of students, we have our academic

journals listed here as well, primary sources,

all that great stuff listed here

scrolling down. Now they'll be able to see all of that

content and can kind of click into whatever they're

interested in.

And then at the very bottom, as I mentioned before,

let's scroll down there,

we have our related topics.

So as you start to move forward, if you're

planning another lesson, maybe specifically

related to Vietnamese Americans,

we can click directly there and move that research

forward again on another topic page.

This one you'll see it looks a little bit different because it's about

individuals. So we give some quick facts

on the overview,

but we can click back and forth right on the topic

page. So I really don't have to search

very much. I can pull this forward

and be ready to go.

And another great feature. If you are ever planning

on using topic pages with your students,

I'd like to point out our get link button up top

here. When I hit this

get link, it gives me a persistent URL back to

this topic page. So if you want to share

it with them, they can just click in right here.

They'll be taken right to this page. So they won't need

to search through on their own. They won't need to browse through on

their own. You can really make sure every student

is getting to exactly where they need to be to start

the class or to start the lesson or

whatever they're planning on doing.

We also have integration with the Google classroom as

well. So if you're using Google classroom, you can actually

send this topic page over there as

well. I'm not going to go through it all the way today.

Oh, not at all because I'm not signed in.

We're not gonna spend the time but you'll be able

to make an announcement activity, all that good

stuff and it will link specifically to this topic

page. So again, I love

these, when we're talking about

specific topics that are studied

frequently, they'll be found here and they'll

be ready for you to use nice and clean and


Now, in addition to our topic pages, I do just

want to go over a few tools that are going to

be helpful specifically to your students. So

once you have all of this great content found

on a topic page or just of course, run

through a search. If you're trying to find content that way,

we've got some tools that are going to help your students

learn quite a bit.

We just got a couple of things pop up here in the

Q and A


A question on the images

that show it up a little bit

strange on your screen. Um an an Satan.

If you want to send me an email directly, I can

um reach out to you to see exactly what you mean

about the images looking strange.

Um Could certainly just be

a, a look on the screen but

send me an email response to the email

I sent later and I'll be able to take a look at that with you.

And we have another question when you copy paste the

get link, does it require a student to log

in before accessing it? That's a really great question.

So the page that you're taken to. So the topic

page, they won't need to authenticate.

So they'll be able to see the topic page when

they decide to move forward with their learning.

So if they decide to click into one of the

articles or a video or something like that,

at that point, they'll need to authenticate however

they normally do to get into your resource. So if

they use a password they'll be prompted

for a password.


If you're using a signing in with Microsoft

or something like that, you'll be required to sign at that point,

but they will be able to see the topic page itself

without signing in

and we're getting close to the end of our time. So I do

want to show you these tools. So once your students

have this content in their hands, either

they found it themselves or you will be able to pull it for

them. They can

start to access that content. As I mentioned, get link,

it's found on documents here as well.

But they also have the option to share and save

content in other ways here as well. You'll see they can

send over to their Google or their Microsoft drive.

If they want to hold on to this piece of content for

a later time, maybe they're using it in a project

and they want to save it. That's the way to do

it, send over to their drives. They could also email

it, download it or print it.

So whichever way they prefer is completely fine

there. We also have some great text

manipulation features and accessibility

features that I like to point out for your students.

We do have a translate capability so

they can translate both the text, whoops

both the text of the article

as well as the platform itself. They can translate

all of our tools and navigation to whatever language

they need.

They can also change how the text looks on

the screen. You'll see they can change colors, they can

change fonts and the line spacing

to really make it as accessible as possible

for them. We want them to be successful in what

they're reading.

And finally, we do have a listen option here so

they can have this article read to them if they're still

struggling reading, even if they've kind of edited

how their screen looks, we can

read that text to them and it does actually read

in whatever language your student has the text

set too. So if they translated, let's say to Spanish,

before they got started reading and they hit

that listen tool, it's going to read to them in Spanish.

So a nice little additional feature for

them to help them really be able to kind of grasp

the content they're learning about.

And finally, we have highlights and notes. So

after you get this content to students, if you

want them to kind of read through, talk to

the text, annotate all that good stuff,

they can do that right on our platform. They don't need to print

it out or anything like that. They can just click

and drag over any piece of text just

like they would normally highlight something

and they get this nice little pop up and they get to choose

a color they want to highlight with and they can add notes

here so they can really annotate

a full piece of text and they

can save it to their drives, they can print it,

they can email it

and use it for later. It's all ready to go. So they'll be

able to find those key points and text

right here on this page without having to print it out without

having to hand everyone, you know

highlighters and try to get them back at the end of the

class. they can do it all online

right here. Nice and simple.

And since we're coming to the end of our time,

I'm not going to walk through the tools time.

I suggest taking a look when you have the time, just

click into any, any old article

and you'll be able to take a look at all of those tools.

But I do want to mention some pre created materials

we have on our support site. So I know

I gave you some ideas, but

you're busy if you just want something quick,

a quick activity to run, we

have premade content on our support site, which

is support dale dot com.

You'll find full activities here

like this, this one specifically related

to Arab Americans and it's a station activity

that you'll be able to set up for your class. We

have things kind of like trading cards or like baseball

cards. This one is about native American

authors, but we also have some related

to countries,


different environmental things. We've got a huge

collection of these trading cards here as well. Well,

where students will be able to answer questions about the individuals

on the backs of the cars and kind of run through research.

That way, we've also got premade

scavenger hunts. So again, as I mentioned, landing

on a topic page and building on

a scavenger hunt is a great way to get your students


without feeling like they're researching while actually

engaging and a lot of our topic.

sorry, a lot of our scavenger hearts are actually

already built off topic pages. You'll see this

one here. We built for Native American

Heritage Month and we're using the Native North

Americans before European colonization

topic page. And we actually direct students

right there. So before they even get started, that's where

they need to go and then these answers are

directly related to the content they're going to


In addition to that premade stuff, we also have templates

for you. So we have a template first Avenger hunts.

If you're planning on building your own with some different

topic pages that you've found,

we also have a blank bingo card that you can

edit online. So if you want to play some bingo

with your gale resources, you can do that.

We've got a nice claim, evidence reasoning

template. If you're planning on working

through pro con arguments or talking through debates

or anything like that,

we've also got a full escape room template

which really comes in handy. It's

a big template. You'll be able to decide how

much of it you want to use, how little,

but it's completely editable by you. We've

built it out simply for you to kind of just

plug in the content that you found and

roll with it.

Now, I have some wrap up information for you, as

I mentioned in the beginning of the session. If you

want to dive deeper into a very specific

topic or maybe your collection to talk

about what your collection has available. You

can reach out to your customer success manager. If you

haven't talked to them yet, I suggest you do. They're

really great. A lot of them,

most of them I think are former teachers. So

they've been in the classroom just like yourselves

and they, they're ready to help to make sure that you can

get this content to your students. If

you don't know who your customer success manager is, just

send an email to [email protected]

you'll be forwarded

to the correct individual if you want to talk

about gale in context at all. Maybe resources

you don't currently have access to, you can always

reach out to your sales consultant.

If you don't know who that is, you can go to


you put in your information and we'll direct you to the

correct individual.

And if you want to take a look at any of those activities

that we have created or any

webinars, tutorials, flyers.

If you're planning on getting this information out to teachers,

you can go on our support site, which again is support

dot gale dot com under the

training center, you'll find those pre-made activities,

lesson plans, all that good stuff.

And I do have a training session survey. So if

you all have the time to take that. I would really

appreciate it if we want to make sure that we're covering

the information you're looking for when you join our session.

So you can either scan my QR code

here or it pops up in your browser once our

session is done

again. Thank you for being on the line. Hopefully

we'll see you in future sessions and please

have a great rest of your day.
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