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NEWS

  • RESCHEDULED: Feb. 29, 3:30-5:00pm – CES – Western Mass Social Studies Dept. Chairs. Focus on Civics courses. Email rcairn@collaborative.org.


LIBRARY OF CONGRESS Teaching with Primary Sources @ the Collaborative

NEW–FREE! – Sparking Inquiry in Geography & World History

Plymouth North High School, 41 Obery St, Plymouth, MA 02360; March 15 & April 278:30-3:00

Earn PDPs or 1 Grad Credit in History. Register & details.

Access and use the vast collections of the Library of Congress (60 million primary sources online) and World Digital Library (selected items from 193 major libraries around the globe) to support student engagement and investigation. Maps, images, film, sound recordings, and documents enrich a host of topics from the Fall of Rome to the present. Explore and practice strategies and tools to analyze and write about primary sources. Create or enhance an existing lesson on a topic of your choosing.

  • Rob Mahoney, 6th grade Social Studies Teacher, Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School

  • Rich Cairn, Director, Library of Congress TPS Program at CES

Detail from Ibuki Doji, the Boy from Mount Ibuki. World Digital Library.

https://www.wdl.org/en/item/11831/

Register for this and other FREE courses below here or as noted.

  • REGISTER BY 02/14 – Feb. 27 all day, March 8 & 29, 4-7pm – TPS at CES & Western Mass Writing Project  – Using Primary Texts to Promote Inquiry & Enrich Learning.

  • NEW! – March 15 & April 27 Sparking Inquiry in Geography & World History

  • NEW! – March 22, April 26, & May 10, 4-7pm – The 1960s in Historical Perspective: Social Justice and Equality in Local Context – Explore archives!

  • April 4-6 Northeast Regional Conference for the Social Studies. (Register with NERC). TPS workshop on multimedia primary sources, Monday April 4th. (Fee for good cause: MCSS!)

  • May 7 & 14 – Landscape of Revolution – Boston Public Library Leventhal Map Center. Register directly with Leventhal. Repeats 2015 successful workshop. John Hannigan on African American soldiers. Develop lesson for your classroom!

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

OTHER RECOMMENDED PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:

FREE-STIPENDED SUMMER 2016 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:

  • Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History weeklong workshops around U.S. Info.

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Uncle Sam, behind high wall marked "Literacy Test" which is spiked with pen points, says to immigrant family below: "You're welcome, if you can climb it".

Uncle Sam, behind high wall marked “Literacy Test” which is spiked with pen points, says to immigrant family below: “You’re welcome, if you can climb it”.

The Emerging America program in collaboration with the Library of Congress and Special Education in Institutional Settings (SEIS) is pleased to announce a new primary source set on Immigration!

The massive influx of immigrants to the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries shaped American society both at the time and indefinitely. The Library of Congress has crafted a vast number of primary source sets, interactive presentations, and collections to showcase the tremendous volume of materials on the subject. The following primary source set explores materials organized for the Collaborative for Educational Services and by the Library of Congress.

Contained within the set is a variety of materials for instructional and independent student research. In addition to a number of primary source sets, including two CES composed sets on Puerto Rico and Cape Verdean immigration, the collection includes two interactive presentations. One of the presentations, “The Great American Potluck” presents students with the opportunity to explore vocabulary activities, recipes, interviews, and additional resources while also providing materials for teachers to incorporate into instruction.

The primary source set also features a selection of notable resources on Immigration including online access to the websites for the National Archives Immigration Records, Ellis Island, the Tenement Museum, and the Population Reference Bureau.  

View more details, and download or 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.

NEWS

  • Feb. 8, 12:15-1:45pm – Shrewsbury HS – Central Mass Social Studies Supervisors – Contact Jennifer DiFrancesca @SHSSocialSci.

  • Feb. 8, 3:30-5:00pm – CES – Western Mass Social Studies Dept. Chairs. Email rcairn@collaborative.org to say you’re coming and to get notices-minutes.

  • State Civic Learning and Engagement Task Force met Feb. 2. Next meeting April 14. Timeline for new Social Studies Frameworks aims for spring 2018. Stay tuned!

  • Western Mass Writing Project & Springfield Armory powerful partnership story. Sign up for FREE Winter Library of Congress TPS at CES course with Western Mass Writing Project here.

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS Teaching with Primary Sources @ the Collaborative

  • Using Primary Texts to Promote Inquiry & Enrich the Learning Experience

A joint project of the Western Mass Writing Project & Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Program (TPS) of the Collaborative for Educational Services

FREE! – Thanks to the Library of Congress TPS program! Earn grad credit.

Register & details.

  • February 27 – 8:30am-4:00pm – UMass Amherst

  • March 8 & March 29 – 4:00-7:00pm – Holyoke Public Library.

  • April 4-6 Northeast Regional Conference for the Social Studies. (Register with NERC). TPS workshop on multimedia primary sources, Monday April 4th. (Fee for good cause: MCSS!)

  • May 7 & 14 – Landscape of Revolution – Boston Public Library Leventhal Map Center. Register directly with Leventhal. Repeats 2015 successful workshop. John Hannigan on African American soldiers. Develop lesson for your classroom!

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

Library of Congress Blogs:

Happy Valentine’s Day! ? How Dandy was Candy? Messages in Candy and Chocolate Ads blog post

  • Immigration resources. From the History Day Theme Book. More info here.

RECOMMENDED PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:

  • March 5 & 19 – Power of Maps workshop, Using online mapping tools with students grades 6-12, $75 to register, 22.5 PDPs offered, at Norman B. Leventhal Map Center.

  • History Camp Boston – March 26 – Harriet Tubman House, Boston – History Unconference. register now.

  • Boston Writing Project Institute on Writing and History – July 11-15, Mass Historical Society Archives and UMass Boston.

FREE-STIPENDED SUMMER 2016 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:

July 24-29 – The Lincoln Assassination and its Legacy, Free program for qualifying teachers, Ford’s Theater, Apply here by April 4th.

  • June 23-27 2016 New Orleans; 2017 Hawaii! War in Pacific. WWII Museum. Due 02/15.

OTHER RESOURCES:

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A satire touching on some of the major issues in Connecticut politics on the eve of the ratification of the U.S. Constitution. The two rival factions shown are the "Federals," who represented the trading interests and were for taxes on imports, and the "Antifederals," who represented agrarian interests and were more receptive to paper money issues.

The looking glass for 1787. A house divided against itself cannot stand.

The Emerging America program in collaboration with the Library of Congress and Special Education in Institutional Settings (SEIS) is pleased to announce a new primary source set on the American Revolution and U.S. Constitution!

The American Revolution and U.S. Constitution are two topics in American history with abundant available resources. This set recommends only a careful selection of the most engaging. Teachers and students can focus on the most valuable sources from the time for use in classroom or research settings.

The resources within the set serve as an excellent point of reference for further exploration and research into an immensely important (yet potentially dry) period of study for students. Encourage your students to view such images as a political cartoon from 1775 depicting mob violence or make use of the Library of Congress’ lesson plan on George Washington. View a video from the Springfield Armory demonstrating how a flintlock works or investigate Andrew Ellicott’s plan for mapping out the city of Washington D.C. as the new seat of American government. The following primary source materials breath fresh life into studying the War of Independence and the subsequent writing of the U.S. Constitution.

View more details, and download or 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.

 

Lee Ann Potter, Director of Educational Outreach at the Library of Congress, outlines the varied educational resources.

Lee Ann Potter, Director of Educational Outreach at the Library of Congress, outlines the varied educational resources.

Engaging Students with the Library of Congress:

Over the past two decades, the Library of Congress has prepared millions of primary source documents and objects for public use. This free educational resource provides educators and students with access to historical documents and our national treasures in a uniquely digital format. Teaching suggestions, professional development opportunities, and online access to Library of Congress reference specialists provides guidance on how to imbed primary sources into classroom instruction.

For further information please check out the following video and explore loc.gov/teachers

History eNews from Emerging America – June 5, 2015

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NEWS

PLEASE HELP! I need input on two key topics:

  • Test and/or Review Geography DDM Pilot:
    • One class period. 6th or 7th grade. Details below.
  • I NEED INPUT! Am advising teachers at Mass Dept. of Mental Health. Email input  to rcairn@collaborative.org – by Monday, June 8:
    • Top go-to online resources for World Geography.
    • Top go-to online resources for Ancient History.
    • What do you think of Pearson Prentice-Hall textbooks
      • World Geography: Building a Global Perspective
      • History of Our World: The Early Ages
  • Last eNews till late July will be June 17.

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS Teaching with Primary Sources @ the Collaborative

Click here to registerDeadline: June 15

  • Easthampton – America Comes of Age: Exploring Reform in the Early 20th Century (1900-1940). June 29 to July 2
  • Deerfield – African-Americans in Early New England through Primary Sources. July 7.
  • Derry, NH – Veterans, Workers, and Citizens: Disability & American History through Primary Sources. July 24.
  • Melrose – History in Motion: Developing Multimedia Primary Sources. July 13 & 23, 8:30-3:00 + 2-hour in Fall. $400 stipend. – FULL: REGISTER WITH DEPOSIT FOR WAIT LIST.
  • Springfield – Veterans Voices: Oral History, the Springfield Armory, & the Library of Congress. July 14.
  • Teaching Primary Sources with Diverse Learners
    • July 22-23 – Northampton
    • July 28-29 or 29-30 – Melrose
  • Northampton – Teaching History and Literature (K-5). August 12.

Library of Congress Teacher Blog and other Resources:

  • Zora Neale Hurston and the Federal Writers’ Project. Novelist, playwright, and ethnographer.
  • June in History at the Library of Congress: Henry Clay and “The Great Compromise,” Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Frank Lloyd Wright, Charles Lindbergh, Yosemite, and the Brooklyn Bridge.

OTHER RECOMMENDED EVENTS & RESOURCES

  • May 2 to November 29. “We Are One: Mapping America’s Road from Revolution to Independence.” Exhibition of maps, pictures, letters, artifacts, and documents. (Very cool! – The Editor.)  Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library. Sign up for teacher workshops.
  • Public Radio – Summer Listen Current program. Curriculum on current events, history, geography, and more.
  • Boston Federal Reserve resources. Includes articles on economics of homelessness and hunger, education, innovation.

GEOGRAPHY DDM PILOT

A teacher team drafted a documents-based DDM assessment for 7th Grade Geography. We need teachers to test the materials with students and send feedback. This assessment addresses the new C3 National Social Studies Standards and the Common Core. It asks students to analyze primary and secondary sources on the Quabbin (pre-test) and the Aswan Dam (post-test). It aims to be interesting for students in its own right!

Please pass this request on to:

  • 6th grade teachers to pilot the PRE-TEST. (Students who have not yet taken Geography.)
  • 7th grade teachers whose students are just now completing a Geography course to pilot the POST-TEST.

Find the DDM at the Emerging America downloads page. In the DDM PILOT Materials section, download the “Read-Me-First” instructions and “Geography-DDM-2015-PILOT” – in either PDF or Word.

Instructions and a link to a brief online survey are provided. http://goo.gl/forms/zkgQrrnh9o

The pilot should take one class period.

Deadline to complete pilot, June 15.

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History eNews from Emerging America – May 26, 2015

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NEWS

  • Geography DDM Pilot – Please help us out! Details below.
  • It’s History! Survey respondents said: Future grad credits and PDPs to be History Content.

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS Teaching with Primary Sources @ the Collaborative

Register here by June 15
$85 Deposit check required to complete registration

  • Easthampton – America Comes of Age: Exploring Reform in the Early 20th Century (1900-1940). June 29 to July 2 ( + ½-day in Oct.). (3 grad credit/67.5 PDPs)
  • Deerfield – African-Americans in Early New England through Primary Sources. July 7. (10 PDPs)
  • Derry, NH – Veterans, Workers, and Citizens: Disability & American History through Primary Sources. (10 PDPs)
    • July 8 – Watertown – CANCELLED.
    • July 24 – Derry, New Hampshire
  • Melrose – History in Motion: Developing Multimedia Primary Sources. July 13 & 23, 8:30-3:00 + 2-hour in Fall. $400 stipend. (1 grad credit/22.5 PDPs). WORKSHOP CURRENTLY FULL – REGISTER & SUBMIT DEPOSIT FOR WAITING LIST.
  • Springfield – Veterans Voices: Oral History, the Springfield Armory, & the Library of Congress. July 14. (10 PDPs).
  • Northampton & Melrose – Teaching Primary Sources with Diverse Learners: Blending History & Common Core Instruction. (One grad credit/22.5 PDPs).
    • July 22-23 – Northampton
    • July 28-29 or 29-30 – Melrose
  • Northampton – Teaching History and Literature (K-5). August 12. (10 PDPS)

Library of Congress Teacher Blog and other Resources:

  • Students Connect with Veterans: Harlem Veteran Project.
  • Analyzing persuasive techniques in historical media: Child Labor.
  • Context for Of Mice and Men.
  • Civil War Photography: New Technologies & New Uses – Library of Congress Primary Source Set.
  • New eBooks of Primary Source Sets: Jim Crow, Children’s Live, Industrial Revolution.
  • The Library of Congress involves students in collecting and archiving material from the Web. Check out K-12 Web Archiving about the program and engage with this new, vital set of primary sources.

Library of Congress Webinars:

  • October 27-28 – wholly online: Teaching with Primary Sources National Conference.

Other Recommended Resources

Events

  • June 1 – 9:00am – 4:30pm – Massachusetts History Conference “Chew on This: History of Food” – Hogan Campus Center, College of Holy Cross, Worcester. Register.
  • June 1 – 8:00am – 4:15pm – 2015 Massachusetts Conf on Service and Volunteering – Sheraton Framingham Hotel & Conf Center. Register.
  • June 11 – 6:00-9:00pm – “No Taxation without Representation: Stamp Act” – Mary Babson Fuhrer – American Antiquarian Society. Register.
  • June 19, 2015 – June 21, 2015 | 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Schooldays in New England: 1650-1900. Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife – Old Deerfield.
  • June 20 – All Day. Springfield Armory – Exhibitions and activities. Armory Day. Facebook page.
  • June 25 and 26 8:30am – 3:30pm Get Started with Service-Learning. Free. Holiday Inn and Suites, Marlborough. Register.
  • July 28-29 – Visualizing the American Revolution – Leventhal Map Center – Boston Public Library.
  • August 12 – Edward M. Kennedy Institute on the U.S. Senate. Register.

GEOGRAPHY DDM PILOT

A teacher team drafted a documents-based DDM assessment for 7th Grade Geography. We need teachers to test the materials with students and send feedback. This assessment addresses the new C3 National Social Studies Standards and the Common Core. It asks students to analyze primary and secondary sources on the Quabbin (pre-test) and the Aswan Dam (post-test). It aims to be interesting for students in its own right!

Please pass this request on to:

  • 6th grade teachers to pilot the PRE-TEST. (Students who have not yet taken Geography.)
  • 7th grade teachers whose students are just now completing a Geography course to pilot the POST-TEST.

Find the DDM at Emerging America downloads page. In the DDM PILOT Materials section, download the “Read-Me-First” instructions and “Geography-DDM-2015-PILOT” – in either PDF or Word.

Instructions and a link to a brief online survey are provided.
The pilot should take one class period.
Deadline to complete pilot, June 15.

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New Lesson Plan: Boston Then and Now, Change in the Urban Environment

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Boston, its environs and harbour, with the rebels works raised against that town in 1775, from the observations of Lieut. Page of His Majesty's Corps of Engineers, and from those of other gentlemen.

Boston, its environs and harbour, with the rebels works raised against that town in 1775, from the observations of Lieut. Page of His Majesty’s Corps of Engineers, and from those of other gentlemen.

Boston Public Schools teachers collaborated on this lesson to engage students with the sweep of American industrial and urban history. Due to Boston’s breathtaking changes in landscape, including the filling of much of Boston Harbor to create neighborhoods–the city offers a dramatic case study of change across the ages.

In this lesson, students use primary sources to compare and contrast two maps of Boston. The first map from the turn of the century circa 1900-1920 and the second map from 1778 are both aerial maps. Students should observe in comparing both maps how the landscape of Boston has changed over the years, and should question why the changes occurred and reflect on what might have caused them.

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

Emerging America brings this lesson to you thanks to the outstanding map resources of the Library of Congress. Aligned to Common Core and Massachusetts State History standards.

New Performance Assessment Added: Civil Rights During WWII

May 4, 2015 by | Comments Off on New Performance Assessment Added: Civil Rights During WWII

NAACP-letterThis performance task requires students to compare text, sound files, and images to deepen their understanding of the efforts by African Americans to advance the Double V Campaign (victory over racism at war and at home) during WWII. A timeline helps students sequence and visualize the relative length of time between events.

Anticipating a growing national emphasis on the use of text analysis, even before release of the Common Core, the Collaborative recruited teachers from its Teaching American History program to develop and field test primary source-based assessments.

Access the complete Assessment resources here: http://emergingamerica.org/tps/featured-source-performance-assessment-civil-rights-wwii

History eNews from Emerging America – APRIL 17, 2015

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NEWS

  • SURVEY: What grad credit do you need? Do you need PDPs in History? Education? https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2015EmergingAmerica
  • Civics & Social Studies PD in the New Federal Education Act? – Learn how you can support it. Learn how to involve youth in civic engagement. April 22, 6:00pm – Advocacy Webinar – Civics for All – National Council for the Social Studies www.socialstudies.org/advocacy

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS Teaching with Primary Sources @ the Collaborative

Register here for:

  • Easthampton – America Comes of Age: Exploring Reform in the Early 20th Century (1900-1940). June 29 to July 2 ( + ½-day in Oct.). (3 grad credit/67.5 PDPs)
  • Deerfield – African-Americans in Early New England through Primary Sources. July 7. (10 PDPs)
  • Watertown & Derry, NH – Veterans, Workers, and Citizens: Disability & American History through Primary Sources. (10 PDPs)
    • July 8 – Watertown
    • July 24 – Derry, New Hampshire
  • Melrose – History in Motion: Developing Multimedia Primary Sources. July 13 & 23, 8:30-3:00 + 2-hour in Fall. $400 stipend. (1 grad credit/22.5 PDPs).
  • Springfield – Veterans Voices: Oral History, the Springfield Armory, & the Library of Congress. July 14. (10 PDPs).
  • Northampton & Melrose – Teaching Primary Sources with Diverse Learners: Blending History & Common Core Instruction. (One grad credit/22.5 PDPs).
    • July 22-23 – Northampton
    • July 28-29 or 29-30 – Melrose
  • Northampton – Teaching History and Literature (K-5). August 12. (10 PDPs)

From the Library of Congress Teacher Blog:

Library of Congress Webinars:

OTHER RECOMMENDED EVENTS

Full calendar of Spring events at the Mass Historical Society www.masshist.org/events/

  • April 23, 7:00pm – UMass – Goodell Hall – Panel: The Conflicting Legacies of the Vietnam War: Why They Still Matter – Scholars, veterans, peace activists, and more. http://vetsed.org/events-2/
  • April 29, 3:30pm – 6:00pm – Chateau, Burlington Mass – Reception for Mass Social Studies Educators – Talk by David Pook! http://goo.gl/forms/vgQRmrx45o
  • May 3, 3:00pm – Historic Northampton – The Cycling Craze of the 1890s: A Story of Race, Gender, Sport and Society – Lorenz Finison. www.historic-northampton.org
  • May 11, 7:00pm – $7 – Wistariahurst – Puerto Ricans: The Search for Prosperity in the Paper City – part of a series on immigration http://wistariahurst.org/events-2/
  • June 1, 8:30am to 4:15pm – Sheraton Framingham – Massachusetts Conference on Service & Volunteering http://www.mass-service.org/

The non-profit Center for Civic Participation is offering workshops on student leadership development.  These workshops are designed to enable students to more effectively take part in civic engagement.  Specific skills include issue framing, public speaking, power-mapping, campaign planning and development, lobbying and other forms of advocacy. Contact Paul Newlin at paul@centerforcivicparticipation  or 413-665-3741.  Also, see our website: www.centerforcivicparticipation.com.

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