Emerging America Blog: A voice for quality history education

Courtesy MA Center for Civics Education.

Courtesy MA Center for Civics Education.

During the economic, political, and social climate of 2017, the obvious need for a well-educated and informed group of young citizens has become increasing evident. In an effort to support students as they transition into adulthood, programs such as We the People and the MA Center for Civic Education promote civil learning and engagement in the curriculum of primary schools through higher education and throughout the community. The aim of their work is to help people understand and navigate local, state, and national government and bring back a focus on history and civics education, something that was marginalized statewide during the past decade. With the creation of a Civil Learning and Engagement Task Force, established by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and a reworking of the framework for history and social science by DESE, the future for civics education is looking bright.
For further information please click the following link.

HISTORY eNEWS Vol. 3, Issue 20 for July 21, 2016

News:

  • “Library Fends Off DDoS Attack” – July 17-20, hackers attacked LoC.Gov. Things are back to normal, but if you find an area that is still down, report it at: website comment form. LoC.Gov will be down July 29-31.

  • Have you used congress.gov? Please help improve it by answering this online survey.

  • Leventhal Map Center at Boston Public Library has VERY quick survey re online resources.

  • California State Board of Ed approves new state History & Social Studies Standards. CHSSP.

  • Senate confirms Baltimore’s Carla Hayden as 14th Librarian of Congress.


MARK YOUR CALENDARS

  • September 20 – Start of Feinberg Family Lecture Series: The U.S. in the Age of Mass Incarceration. Sponsored by UMass Department of History & CES-Emerging America.

  • Oct. 29 – Northampton – First to Fight: American Volunteers in the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) – Spanish and English. (Tentative date.)

  • November 8 – Teaching with Primary Sources – Intro workshop.


RESOURCES @ THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS – http://LoC.Gov/teachers

Library of Congress Teacher Blog

  • Interview with Catalina Gomez, Reference Librarian, Hispanic Reading Room. Post.

  • Interview with James Wintle, Reference Librarian, Performing Arts Reading Room. Post.

  • Interview with Barbara Bair, Historian in the Manuscript Division. Post.


OTHER RECOMMENDED EVENTS and RESOURCES

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The great mosque in Kerbela, Iraq.

The great mosque in Kerbela, Iraq.

Islam dates back to the 7th century when, according to religious tradition, a forty-year-old merchant named Muhammad was visited by the Archangel Gabriel near the city of Mecca on the Arabian Peninsula. Muhammad was told that he was the last prophet in a line of prophets that included Moses and Jesus. Allah’s revelations to Muhammad were made in Arabic thus establishing Arabic as the official language of the Quran and Islam.

The message of Muhammad and the religion of Islam now makes up one of the most populous religions in the world. As a result of the remarkable spread of Islam starting in the 7th century, Islam not only influenced the hearts and minds of millions of people, but also manifested itself in many tangible items.

The following lesson plan draws on the vivid primary source materials from an existing Emerging America source set to explore the physical representations of Islam on Earth with particular attention paid to the architecture, art, and literature of Islam. Using the Library of Congress Primary Source Analysis Tool and Ninian Smart’s Seven Dimensions of Religion, students will learn through the use of inquiry and classroom discussion.

View more details, and download or access the lesson plan online.

Emerging America brings this lesson to you thanks to the outstanding primary sources and materials provided by the Library of Congress and is aligned to the Common Core and National History Standards.

Poster shows the interior of a prison cell where a woman is being forcibly held seated in a chair by a man and a woman while another man pours liquid into a tube inserted in the woman's nose; written on the prison wall is "votes for women."

Poster shows the interior of a prison cell where a woman is being forcibly held seated in a chair by a man and a woman while another man pours liquid into a tube inserted in the woman’s nose; written on the prison wall is “votes for women.”

“We the women of America, tell you that America is not a democracy! Twenty million women are denied the right to vote”, the words of the great suffragist and women’s rights activist Alice Paul rang out loud and clear in front of the White House in 1917. The demand for women’s suffrage began in the 1840s and culminated by 1920 with the passage of the nineteenth amendment. The following primary source set explores materials from the time including cartoons, newspaper articles, songs and pictures.

Students can evaluate the message behind a cartoon of Susan B. Anthony chasing Grover Cleveland with an umbrella while Uncle Sam laughs in the background or question the motives behind the anti women’s suffrage movement song entitled “Since my Margaret became a suffragette”. They may view a large collection of “votes for women” buttons or wonder why a group of men were photographed reading materials posted outside the National Anti-Suffrage Association headquarters. The documents contained in this set lend themselves towards instruction and debate by tapping into some of the same kinds of civil rights violations students hear about on the news everyday.

Whether you are searching for materials for an upcoming project on the Women’s Rights Movement or looking to add visual interest and excitement to your lesson plan, the following set is sure to provide students with a better understanding of what the movement actually looked and felt like at the time.

View more details, download and access the lesson plan online

Emerging America brings this primary source set to you thanks to the outstanding primary sources and materials provided free by the Library of Congress. The set was developed during 2015 History in Motion courses offered by the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources at the Collaborative for Educational Services.

HISTORY eNEWS Vol. 3, Issue 19 for July 1, 2016

News:


Summer has arrived! Can you make one of these exciting courses?

Hands-on materials. Create and take lessons you will use!

REGISTER & INFO – FREE Summer 2016 Library of Congress TPS @ CES

EASTERN MASS

  • † Sparking Inquiry in Geography & World History. July 18-19 8:30am-3:30pm. Shrewsbury HS. Karen Albano & Rich Cairn, Instructors. 1 grad credit or 22.5 PDPs.

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WESTERN MASS

  • † SUMMER INSTITUTE: Equality Before the Law: The U.S. Constitution & Struggles for Justice. July 11-15. 8:30am-4:00pm. With Yale scholar Akhil Reed Amar, Kelley Brown, & Laurie Risler. 3 grad credits/67.5 PDPs.

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  • † Nurturing Student Inquiry and Student Voice through Informational Texts. July 25-26, 8:30am-4:00pm; + 1.5 hrs Fall date TBD.. Rich Cairn. Holyoke. 1 grad credit or 22.5 PDPs.

  • Teaching History through Fiction and Informational Texts. July 29, 8:30am-4:00pm; + online work for 10 PDPs. Sandy Roth.

† = Available for optional grad credit in History from Westfield State University.


RESOURCES @ THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS – http://LoC.Gov/teachers

  • May-April Issue of the Library of Congress Magazine (LCM) Available Online. Issue focuses on evolving role of public libraries in America. http://www.loc.gov/lcm/

  • June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month. The Library released a collection of materials created by, about, and for the LGBT community.

Library of Congress Teacher Blog

  • Interview with Michelle Krowl, Civil War & Reconstruction Specialist. Post.

  • Interview with Lisa Taylor, Veterans History Project. Post.


OTHER RECOMMENDED EVENTS and RESOURCES

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Youngest parader in New York City suffragist parade (c.1912).

Youngest parader in New York City suffragist parade (c.1912).

In the context of our current society and the quest for equal rights, students will be intrigued by the following lesson on the progression of women’s rights throughout United States history. Some students may be unaware that women did not gain the right to vote until 1920 or that women could not own property until the mid-1800s. Included in the lesson is a list of grievances from the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848 which paints a grim picture of home women were treated during the years following the Revolutionary War.

The following lesson plan has been aligned for both elementary age and high school age students. Two separate lessons featuring similar primary source documents and activities provide educators from either level with a two-day inquiry-based lesson.

Included in both lessons are standards, objectives, pre, formative, and summative assessments, and an extensive list of primary and secondary source documents for display and consideration.

View more details, download and access the lesson plan online

Emerging America brings this lesson to you thanks to the outstanding primary sources and materials provided by the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Aligned to the Common Core and National History Standards.

HISTORY eNEWS Vol. 3, Issue 18 for June 15, 2016

News:

  • Kelley Brown’s Easthampton HS local history projects featured in today’s Gazette! We’ll post to Emerging America Facebook page once link becomes available. 2016 Windows on History course starts June 29. Organize your own local history project! Earn grad credit.

  • Thomas retires July 5! After 21 years, Congress.Gov will wholly replace the old site for finding and tracking Federal bills. Earlier digital material starting 1973 is also online. Check the FAQs.


Excite YOUR students’ interest in the world–or in their local history!

REGISTER & INFO – FREE Summer 2016 Library of Congress TPS @ CES

EASTERN MASS

  • † Engaging Students in Inquiry with Primary Sources. Teachers of Grades K-5. July 13 8:30am-3:30pm; July 14 8:30am-12:00noon; + 1.5 hrs. Fall date TBD. Rich Cairn. Cambridge. 1 grad credit or 22.5 PDPs.

  • † Sparking Inquiry in Geography & World History. July 18-19 8:30am-3:30pm. Shrewsbury HS. Karen Albano & Rich Cairn, Instructors. 1 grad credit or 22.5 PDPs.

WESTERN MASS

  • † SERVICE-LEARNING Projects: Windows on History: Research & Build LOCAL HISTORY Website in Your ClassJune 299:30am-5:00pm; July 278:30am-3:30pm; +1.5 hrs Fall. Springfield Museums & Wistariahurst, Holyoke. 1 grad cred / 22.5 PDPs. Rich Cairn.

  • † SUMMER INSTITUTE: Equality Before the Law: The U.S. Constitution & Struggles for Justice. July 11-15. 8:30am-4:00pm. Fri. to 12:00. With Akhil Reed Amar, Kelley Brown, & Laurie Risler. 3 grad credits or 67.5 PDPs.

  • † Nurturing Student Inquiry and Student Voice through Informational Texts. July 25-26, 8:30am-4:00pm; + 1.5 hrs Fall date TBD.. Rich Cairn. Holyoke. 1 grad credit or 22.5 PDPs.

  • Teaching History through Fiction and Informational Texts. July 29, 8:30am-4:00pm; + online work for 10 PDPs. Sandy Roth.

† = Available for optional grad credit in History from Westfield State University.


RESOURCES @ THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS – http://LoC.Gov/teachers

Library of Congress Teacher Blog

  • “You have the right to remain silent…” Miranda v. Arizona: Behind Supreme Court Post.


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FDR Inaugural Program

FDR Inaugural Program

Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s First Inaugural Address is one of the most important speeches in United States History. Faced with the turmoil of the Great Depression, FDR laid out a plan for resurrecting the failing economy and the alleviating the suffering of the American people. FDR’s programs focused on what historians refer to as the 3 Rs: Relief, Recovery, and Reform; relief for the unemployed and poor, recovery of the economy to normal levels, and reform of the financial system to prevent a repeat depression.

In the following lesson plan, students will explore both what FDR said he was going to do and what FDR actually did as the President of the United States. First, students will create lists as a class detailing the socioeconomic issued caused by the Great Depression. This task will set the stage for a close examination of FDR’s First Inaugural Address.

Students will observe a primary source photograph of FDR and Herbert Hoover on their way to the inaugural address and then listen to FDR’s speech. Using a graphic organizer, students will read the speech and highlight the improvements and programs he promised to the American people. Students will use their graphic organizer to examine the New Deal Alphabet Agencies established during the first 100 days of FDR’s presidency and their ability to combat the economic and social problems laid out during his First Inaugural Speech. Ultimately, students are asked to produce a summative assessment in the form of a one-page essay, poster, PowerPoint presentation, poem, chart, or project of their choosing.

Included in the lesson plan are curriculum standards, Common Core Reading and Writing standards, student objectives, pre, formative, and summative assessments, detailed learning activities, materials and sources used, and graphic organizers to aid student understanding.

View more details, or download and access the primary source set online

Emerging America brings this lesson to you thanks to the outstanding primary sources and materials provided by the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Aligned to the Common Core and National History Standards.

HISTORY eNEWS Vol. 3, Issue 17 for June 8, 2016

News:


REGISTER & INFO – FREE Summer 2016 Library of Congress TPS @ CES

EASTERN MASS

  • † Engaging Students in Inquiry with Primary Sources. Teachers of Grades K-5. July 13 8:30am-3:30pm; July 14 8:30am-12:00noon; + 1.5 hrs. Fall date TBD. Rich Cairn. Cambridge. 1 grad credit or 22.5 PDPs.

  • † Sparking Inquiry in Geography & World History. July 18-19 8:30am-3:30pm. Shrewsbury HS. Karen Albano & Rich Cairn, Instructors. 1 grad credit or 22.5 PDPs.

WESTERN MASS

  • † Meet ELA standards & SERVICE-LEARNING: Windows on History: Research & Build LOCAL HISTORY Website in Your ClassJune 299:30am-5:00pm; July 278:30am-3:30pm; +1.5 hrs Fall. Springfield Museums & Wistariahurst, Holyoke. 1 grad cred / 22.5 PDPs. Rich Cairn.

  • † SUMMER INSTITUTE: Equality Before the Law: The U.S. Constitution & Struggles for Justice. July 11-15. 8:30am-4:00pm. Fri. to 12:00. With Akhil Reed Amar, Kelley Brown, & Laurie Risler. 3 grad credits or 67.5 PDPs.

  • † Nurturing Student Inquiry and Student Voice through Informational Texts. July 25-26, 8:30am-4:00pm; + 1.5 hrs Fall date TBD.. Rich Cairn. Holyoke. 1 grad credit or 22.5 PDPs.

  • Teaching History through Fiction and Informational Texts. July 29, 8:30am-4:00pm; + online work for 10 PDPs. Sandy Roth.

† = Available for optional grad credit in History from Westfield State University.


RESOURCES @ THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS – http://LoC.Gov/teachers

Library of Congress Teacher Blog


OTHER RECOMMENDED EVENTS and RESOURCES

  • June 11, 10am – Walking Tour of Sojourner Truth’s Northampton. Ruggles Center.

  • June 13, 3:45-5:15pm Mill Pond School Auditorium, 6 Olde Hickory Lane, Westborough, MA – DESE Public Forum on MCAS 2.0. Sign up.

  • June 147pm – Marla Miller speaks on her biography of Betsy Ross, American business leader. Hawlemont Elem. School, 10 School Street, Charlemont, MA 01339

  • Summer – Mass Historical Society: Women in the Revolution, Civil War, Whaling, Maritime History of the North Shore

  • July 14 – Aug. 11, 5:30-6:30pm, Thursdays. Webinars on Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources.

  • Boston Public Library Leventhal Map Center:

    • July 18-22 – Mapping Boston’s Role in the American Revolution

    • August 1-3 – Migration, Immigration and Refugees

    • August 4-5 – Whaling in 19th Century Massachusetts

  • July 25-30 – Western Mass Writing Project & Holocaust Education Network Institute. UMass Amherst. Free. Field trips, interactive. Wow!

Fee-Based Programs:

For Students

  • June 27-July 1, 9am-1pm. History Alive! Writing Springfield Then and Now. Middle School (grade 6-8). Springfield Armory and Western Mass Writing Project. Register. Free.

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Screen Shot 2016-06-09 at 10.23.27 PMThe Library of Congress Student Discovery Sets (eBooks) are an exciting way for students and educators to explore digital primary source materials. Each Discovery Set literally puts eyewitness historical materials at student’s fingertips as each collection is now available on iPads for FREE!

Students may touch, draw on and explore treasures from the Library of Congress’ vast collections. Tools including zoom, illustrator, and note-taking allow students to making meaningful and authentic connections to primary source documents such as charts, cartoons, posters, and maps. Each set is specifically designed for student use and comes with a Teacher’s Guide featuring background information, teaching ideas, and additional resources.

New Student Discovery Sets topics include:

  • Scientific Data
  • Weather Forecasting
  • The New Deal

The Library of Congress currently has 15 sets available on topics ranging from the Harlem Renaissance to Women’s Suffrage.

Explore Library of Congress Student Discovery Sets further at http://www.loc.gov/teachers/student-discovery-sets/?loclr=blogtea