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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!

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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

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  • “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

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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

Destitute pea picker illustrates migrant workers in California during the 1930s. Such images shed like on the so-called "Forgotten People" in the American media.

Destitute pea picker illustrates migrant workers in California during the 1930s. Such images shed like on the so-called “Forgotten People” in the American media.

In an age when the media dictates and manipulates the public perception of essentially everything, the following lesson plans explores how media bias shaped historical events both old and new.

Students look at the way in which events are reported on in history and how media bias affects peoples’ understanding of current events and history by analyzing newspaper articles from the 1930s on migrant workers in California (from Steinbeck’s articles series, “The Harvest Gypsies,” as well as NY Times coverage of these workers (1933-5). Moreover, students will look at NY Times coverage of the newsboy strike in New York City in 1899 and compare these articles to the 1930s coverage of the migrant workers as well as the media’s current coverage on the $15/ hour workers strikes. They will analyze diction and purpose in the articles to improve their understanding of biases on our interpretation of historical events and our current society.  

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, 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 the National Endowment for the Humanities. Aligned to the Common Core and National History Standards.

Print showcasing immigrations arriving from many nations using a variety of transportation methods (c.1882).

Print showcasing immigrants arriving from many nations using a variety of transportation methods (c.1882).

Developed as part of the America Comes to Age Workshop, the following lesson plan was prepared for elementary students and focuses on establishing a clear understanding of the difference a primary and secondary source. Utilizing the topic of Immigration during the Progressive Era, students are given the opportunity to divide primary and secondary source examples during this hands-on learning experience.

Recognizing the difference between primary and secondary sources is an essential skill for history students throughout their social studies education. By exposing students to the two types of sources earlier on, they are able to recognize the value of both and gain the ability to determine when it is appropriate to use a secondary or primary source document to reach their desired goal.

Included in the lesson are desired results and objectives, pre, formal, and summative assessments, a detailed learning plan with tasks for both teachers and students, primary and secondary source lists, and extension activities. At the core of the lesson is an interactive learning tool called Plicker. Plicker allows for real time feedback from students using an interactive app that surveys student responses. Students will no doubt enjoy holding up their Plicker cards as they learn to differentiate between source types making this lesson both fun and educational!

View more details, or download and access this 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 16 for May 25, 2016

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REGISTER & INFO for FREE Emerging America Summer 2016

Library of Congress TPS @ the Collaborative

  • † Courses on Immigration: Building Curriculum with Primary Sources – Focus on diverse learners. Rich Cairn. 1 grad cred / 22.5 PDPs. 2 sections:

    • June 6-7 with scholar Scott Wong, Williams College. Boston Public Library.

    • Or July 5-August 5Online.

  • † 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.

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  • † Equal Protection and the Constitution: Teaching Modern Struggles for Justice with Struggling Learners. July 5-August 5. Kelley Brown. With top Constitutional scholar Akhil Reed Amar. 3 grad credits or 67.5 PDPs. Online.

  • † 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.

  • † 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.

  • † 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

  • Mass Council for the Social Studies (MCSS) emails weekly workshops & resources list. CES does NOT repost from that list. JOIN MCSS Today! Low as $30/yr.

  • June 122:00pm – “Toys: Yesterday & Today” Panel. Historic Northampton.

  • Present at Western Mass History Camp. June 30. Holyoke Community College.

  • Oct. 158:00am-5:00pm. Holyoke Community College. “Transforming Education for Social Justice” Conference. Register.

  • Spanish Civil War contact. A relative of  Abraham Lincoln Brigade soldiers offered to work with WMass teachers to help enrich your class. Contact rcairn@collaborative.org.

  • Wednesday, Oct. 26 – Marlborough – Mass Council for the Social Studies – Fall Conference. Call for proposals. Submit a proposal to present a workshop! Proposals due by June 30.

 

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(January 4, 1995 – present)

Who: Civics and History Courses

Why!?! How can educators and students tap into this valuable resource!?

The Congressional Record App offers an exciting opportunity for educators and students to review the daily proceedings of Congress.

Potential lesson plans ideas include:

  • Take topic you are currently studying in class and have students search the records to find any Congressional discussion regarding the issues.
  • Current Event: Have students search for a current event topic and respond to questions such as: How does this topic impact your life? How could you take an active role in shaping this particular issues?
  • Use in conjunction with https://www.congress.gov/congressional-record:
    • Have students select a member of Congress and browse legislation they have sponsored (or co sponsored). Students may consider whether or not they agree with the Member’s position(s) and write about why or why not.

What: Daily Congressional proceedings may include legislative activity by the chambers and their committees, member remarks, communications from the president, and more. Features include:

  • Browse editions of the Congressional Record by date: January 4, 1995 (the 104th Congress, 1st Session) to the present
  • Perform keyword searches within individual documents or sections within documents
  • Share documents via email
  • Save documents to your preferred iPad PDF reader
  • Identify the latest bills and resolutions considered daily on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives
  • Identify the latest bills, resolutions, treaties, and nominations considered daily on the floor of the U.S. Senate

When: Congress first started publishing the the Congressional Record in 1873. At the time, Congress decided that it would be more economical and satisfactory to publish its debates and proceedings under its own direction. Starting in 2012, the Library of Congress launched an iPad and iPhone App with the goal of making the daily Congressional Record available as part of an initiative under the Committee on House Administration.

 
Where: The Congressional Record App is available from iTunes. Download App.

HISTORY eNEWS Vol. 3, Issue 15 for May 17, 2016

News:

  • New report on bullying from National Academies of Science. http://goo.gl/GoG42D

  • Register today! Mass DESE free Literacy & Civic Learning conf. May 23 – Boston.

  • Spanish Civil War contact. A relative of  Abraham Lincoln Brigade soldiers offered to work with WMass teachers to help enrich your class. Contact rcairn@collaborative.org.


REGISTER & INFO for FREE Emerging America Summer 2016

Library of Congress TPS @ the Collaborative

  • † Courses on Immigration: Building Curriculum with Primary Sources – Focus on diverse learners. Rich Cairn. 1 grad cred / 22.5 PDPs. 2 sections:

    • June 6-7 with scholar Scott Wong, Williams College. Boston Public Library.

    • Or July 5-August 5 – Online.

Country study at Library of Congress on the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

  • † 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.

  • † Equal Protection and the Constitution: Teaching Modern Struggles for Justice with Struggling Learners. July 5-August 5. Kelley Brown. With top Constitutional scholar Akhil Reed Amar. 3 grad credits or 67.5 PDPs. Online.

  • † 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.

  • † 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.

  • † 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

  • A Portal for Jewish American Heritage Month. Post


OTHER RECOMMENDED EVENTS and RESOURCES

  • May 23 8:30am-3:30pm – Boston – FREE. Mass Civic Learning Conference – Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education – Details online & below.

  • July 18 – 22Mapping Boston’s Role in the American Revolution, Leventhal Map Center, Boston Public Library • Boston National Historical Park • Massachusetts Historical Society • Bostonian Society/Old State House • Paul Revere House • Old North Church. PDPs or 3 graduate credits. (fee to Framingham State). $150 http://maps.bpl.org/professional_development or mleblanc@bpl.org  617-859-2294

  • Wednesday, Oct. 26 – Marlborough – Mass Council for the Social Studies – Fall Conference. Call for proposals. Submit a proposal to present a workshop! Proposals due by June 30.


May 23 – 1st Annual Conference on Civic Engagement & Learning – “Serving America: Promising Practices for Building Literacy & Civic Learning.” Details below. FREE. Mass ESE & E.M.K. Institute for the U.S. Senate, Boston. Understand the role civic learning plays in maintaining our democracy, increase civic knowledge and engagement among K-12 students, and connect civic education and literacy. Presenters to include K-12 educators and representatives from state, education and community organizations. Online registration open soon: www.collaborative.org/serving-america. (Option to purchase lunch when you register.)

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