For the Summer Institute you will be completing a project that
- Uses primary sources
- Is connected to the state standards
- Relates at least loosely to one of the four core themes
- Has classroom applications
Time will be given at the Institute to complete the project. We wanted to get you in groups in advance so you can get to know each other (if you don’t already). This is to encourage the group project to be a group project. For a list of project groups, click here
The video cameras have been provided with the idea that you can turn the actual field trips you take part in through Connecting to the Past into virtual fieldtrips for your students. In particular, through filming primary sources that you see, such as buildings and objects, you can make these available to your students.
What can you do? Here are a couple of ideas:
- Ken Burns in the Heartland. Group members develop a video presentation on a specific history topic that could be shown in their and other teacher’s classrooms. This would make use of video taking on fieldtrips; still imagery from CDs prepared by Betsy, such as photos, drawings, maps, documents, etc.; and materials from other sources, such as from the Library of Congress’s American Memory, or links to websites for historic resources on the CDs prepared by Betsy or on the Connecting to the Past website. (see the Historical Resources page)
- PowerPoint. Your group could prepare a PowerPoint presentation on a topic related to one of the core themes, making use of information, images, documents, etc. from seminars and seminar resource CDs. and other sources as described above. Video from fieldtrips could be embedded in one or more slides.
These presentations could be part of a lesson plan that includes having students watch the presentation and then analyze primary sources related to the topic. Or students could look at primary sources first, and the see how they are brought together in the presentation. The group should decide what works best in their classrooms for their students.
Before the Summer Institute, planning, early production, and (depending on what your group is doing) implementation will occur. During the Summer Institute, time will be allotted for final production, including the preparation of a ten to 15 to 20 minute presentation to the larger group.
A formal lesson description, using the format used for Primary Source Assignments, will accompany the project. This can include primary source worksheets, and additional primary sources, such as related documents and images that you have received in Connecting to the Past or located through the groups own research.
The further instruction will be included in the March 13 seminar.
Before the Summer Institute, planning, early production, and (depending on what your group is doing) implementation will occur. During the Summer Institute, time will be allotted for final production, including the preparation of a 20 to 30 minute presentation to the larger group. This presentation will focus on the goals of the lesson, the sources used, and the activities engaged in. You might have fellow teachers do some of these activities or show all or part of your video.
Computer labs will be available as well as memory sticks on which to preserve data.
The Three Core Themes:
- Peopling the New World: Immigration and Migration of Natives and Newcomers
(Summer Institute Theme)
- Creating the New Nation: The Revolution and Constitutional Development
(Theme Seminars 5 December & 12 January
- Growing the Nation: Transportation, Communication, and Westward Movement
(Theme Seminars23 February and 13 March; Fieldtrips 17 April and 12 May)