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Capturing History:  Podcasting and Wikis
Presented by John Wren, University of Massachusetts Lowell
Session A:  OCTOBER 21 & DECEMBER 16, 2008
Session B:  OCTOBER 28 & DECEMBER 15, 2008
READING MEMORIAL HIGH SCHOOL LIBRARY MEDIA CENTER
SUITABLE FOR GRADES 3 – 11
13 PDPs Available
www.capturinghistory.wikispaces.com

This two-day hands-on workshop will focus on using podcasts and wikis in the U.S. history classroom.  Examples of ways to use podcasts and wikis inside and out of the classroom will be discussed.  On Day 1 participants will create their own professional podcast for use in the classroom.  On Day 2 participants will focus on using wikis to create a classroom community website and host their podcast.  As a result of this workshop, teachers will gain skills that can easily be transferred to students.  Teachers will be asked to come prepared with content for their podcast and wiki (instructions will be provided).  Participating teachers will receive a digital voice recorder and a professional wikispace account

Writing for History for Elementary Teachers
Presented by Buzzards Bay Writing Project
NOVEMBER 25, 2008 & JANUARY 5, 2009 - READING MEMORIAL HIGH SCHOOL DISTANCE LEARNING LAB
SUITABLE FOR GRADES 3 – 5
13 PDPs Available

This two-day workshop presented in partnership with the Buzzards Bay Writing Project, a National Writing Project site, will provide teachers with tools to link history and writing.  An historian will kick off each workshop with an interactive lecture related to the Massachusetts History and Social Science Curriculum Frameworks.  The historical content of the lectures will then connect with the pedagogical theme of writing for history.  This workshop will be based on research, practical strategies, shared practice, and U.S. history content.  A copy of Content-Area Writing: Every Teacher's Guide will be provided to all participants.

Using Document Based Questions in the U.S. History Classroom
Presented by The DBQ Project
FEBRUARY 3 & MAY 5, 2009 - READING MEMORIAL HIGH SCHOOL DISTANCE LEARNING LAB
SUITABLE FOR GRADES 6 – 11
13 PDPs Available

This two-day workshop will provide teachers will the skills and strategies to plan and implement Document Based Questions in the U.S. History Classroom.  An historian will kick off each workshop with an interactive lecture related to the Massachusetts History and Social Science Curriculum Frameworks.   The historical content of the lectures will then connect with a Document Based Question activity.  Teachers will go through all the steps of teaching a DBQ by doing one as a group. Participants will also analyze student work and norm student essays using the DBQ Project Rubric.  The DBQ Project U.S. History Teacher’s Resource Binder will be provided to all participants.

Annual Encounters & Exchanges in U.S. History Conference
APRIL 17, 2009 - READING MEMORIAL HIGH SCHOOL
SUITABLE FOR GRADES 3 - 11

Brochure

The annual conference will be another pathway for American history teachers to enrich their knowledge of history and the use of primary sources.  Historians and museum educators will conduct lectures in their areas of expertise.  Teachers will be invited to share content, work products and strategies on how to implement them in the classroom.

New York City Study Tour:  Immigration, Migration, and Race Relations
SUNDAY APRIL 19, 2009 – WEDNESDAY APRIL 22, 2009

The Encounters and Exchanges in U.S. History Teaching American History Grant will offer a four-day, three-night study tour to New York City over April vacation.  This study tour will align with the theme for Encounters and Exchanges in U.S. History Year Three:  Immigration, Migration, and Race Relations.  Our visits and tours in New York City will largely focus on the experiences of Chinese Americans, African Americans, Latinos, and European Americans in New York City from the 19th Century to today.  Tour highlights include:  guided walking tours of Chinatown and Harlem and visits to the Apollo Theatre, the Tenement Museum, el Museo del Barrio, New York Historical Society, and Ellis Island.  A curriculum project is required of all participants. 

http://encountersexchangesnyc.wikispaces.com

 

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History Book Discussion Study Groups

http://historybookgroup.wikispaces.com/

For Elementary Teachers
Led by Professor Patricia L. Fontaine from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell
LOWELL – JANUARY 28, FEBRUARY 25, MARCH 25, APRIL 29, MAY 20 FROM 3:50 - 5:50 P.M. AT THE BARTLETT COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP SCHOOL
READING, NORTH READING, DANVERS –JANUARY 26, FEBRUARY 24, MARCH 30, APRIL 13, MAY 11, FROM 3:45 - 5:45 P.M. AT READING MEMORIAL HIGH SCHOOL
PDPs/1 Graduate Credit Available

For Middle/High School Teachers
Led by Professor Robert Forrant from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell
DANVERS - JANUARY 14, FEBRUARY 4, MARCH 11, APRIL 1, MAY 6 FROM 3:00 - 5:00 P.M. AT DANVERS HIGH SCHOOL LIBRARY MEDIA CENTER
LOWELL - JANUARY 21, FEBRUARY 11, MARCH 4, APRIL 8, MAY 13 FROM 2:45 - 4:45 P.M. AT LOWELL HIGH SCHOOL (Room 214A)
READING, NORTH READING - JANUARY 5, FEBRUARY 2, MARCH 2, APRIL 6, MAY 4 FROM 3:00 - 5:00 P.M. AT READING MEMORIAL HIGH SCHOOL LIBRARY MEDIA CENTER
PDPs/1 Graduate Credit Available

 

 Participating teachers from each of the four districts will meet for five 2-hour history book discussion study groups each year to deepen their content knowledge of the designated historical periods and theme studied that year.

The study groups will provide an opportunity to read and discuss in a collegial atmosphere five historical works related to the program year’s theme.  Instructional strategies to incorporate the books’ content into the classroom will be provided and discussed.   Participants are required to develop a related work product such as an in-depth book review, lesson plans, or a multimedia presentation. 

Book titles may include:
Elementary:
Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War, Nathaniel Philbrick

Friends of Liberty: A Tale of Three Patriots, Two Revolutions, and the Betrayal that Divided a Nation: Thomas Jefferson, Thaddeus Kosciuszko, and Agrippa Hull, Gary B. Nash and Graham Russell Gao Hodges

Sarah's Long Walk: The Free Blacks of Boston and How Their Struggle for Equality Changed America, Stephen Kendrick and Paul Kendrick

Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie: The Oregon Trail Diary of Hattie Campbell, 1847, Kristiana Gregory
           
Immigrants I & II, Cobblestone Magazine

Middle/High:
How the Other Half Lives: Studies Among the Tenements of New York, Jacob Riis

Driven Out: The Forgotten War Against Chinese Americans, Jean Pfaelzer

Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age, Kevin Boyle

Historians at Work: What Did the Internment of Japanese Americans Mean? Alice Yang Murrey, ed

With These Hands: The Hidden World of Migrant Farmworkers Today, Daniel Rothenberg

Books are provided for all participants.

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The Cold War Period:  The U.S. on the World Stage
Organized by Primary Source with presentations by leading academic historians, independent scholars and “lead teachers.”
NOVEMBER 17, DECEMBER 5, 2008, JANUARY 13, 2009 AT COOLIDGE MIDDLE SCHOOL, READING
SUITABLE FOR GRADES 6 - 12
27 PDPs/1 Graduate Credit Available

How did the Cold War cast its shadow around the world, and what impact did it have on the lives of average Americans? This three-day seminar series will explore some of the lesser-known global dimensions of the clash of the superpowers. Course sessions will focus on U.S. foreign policy abroad, social changes developing at home, and an exploration of East Asia and Latin America as case studies in Cold War policy. 

Through a Different Lens:  Immigration and Migration in U.S. History Film Series
Organized by Primary Source, led by academic historians and “lead teachers.”
SEPT 25 – READING MEMORIAL HIGH SCHOOL, OCT 16 – BATCHELDER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, NORTH READING, NOV 6 – UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS LOWELL, O’LEARY LIBRARY, ROOM 325, DEC 11 – DANVERS HIGH SCHOOL, 4:00 P.M. - 6:30 P.M.
SUITABLE FOR GRADES 3 - 11
10 PDPs Available

This four part series will examine and discuss several new and lesser-known films that add new dimensions to standard topics addressed in U.S. history curricula on immigration, migration, and race relations.  Participants will receive a copy of each of the films viewed.

  • Prince Among Slaves (2008)
  • The Long Walk: Tears of the Navajo (2007)
  • Sacco and Vanzetti (2007)
  • Made in L.A. (2007)

Immigration, Migration, and Race Relations Summer Institute
Organized by Primary Source with presentations by leading academic historians, independent scholars and “lead teachers.”
JULY 20 – 24, 2009 AT COOLIDGE MIDDLE SCHOOL, READING, ORIENTATION & FOLLOW UP DAY TBA
SUITABLE FOR GRADES 3 - 11
PDPs/Graduate Credit Available

This series will look at new scholarship on movements of peoples and race relations asking how relocation and concepts of race have shaped personal and national identity. This Summer Institute will include topics such as: 

  • Themes in four centuries of U.S. immigration history.
  • Immigration, citizenship and the politics of race in the 19th century.
  • Immigration, emigration and American identity in the 19th and 20th centuries.
  • U.S. immigration since 1965: Causes and effects in the U.S. and abroad.
  • American race relations on the world stage.

Participants are required to develop a work product such as a 3 – 5 day lesson plan or an in-depth book review.

 

 Year Two Programs

Capturing History
Presented by John Wren, University of Massachusetts Lowell
NOVEMBER 1 & DECEMBER 14, 2007 – READING MEMORIAL HIGH SCHOOL LIBRARY MEDIA CENTER

This two-day hands-on workshop will focus on using photographs with a variety of technical applications including editing, creating photo-books, and making slideshows with
audio.  On Day 1 participants will create their own professional photograph book for use in a classroom library or to document student projects.  On Day 2 participants will focus on using historical songs to create a slideshow presentation of photographs and audio.  As a result of this workshop, teachers will gain skills that can easily be transferred to students.  Teachers will be asked to come prepared with a library of digital photographs specific to a particular unit of study (instructions will be provided).

Link to Capturing History Blog:  http://vrfieldtrips.blogspot.com/

Using WebQuests in the American History Classroom
Presented by FreshPond Education
Session A:  JANUARY 7 & FEBRUARY 8, 2008 - READING MEMORIAL HIGH SCHOOL LIBRARY MEDIA CENTER
Session B:  JANUARY 8 & FEBRUARY 7, 2008 - READING MEMORIAL HIGH SCHOOL LIBRARY MEDIA CENTER

This two-day hands-on institute will focus on training teachers on how to design, create, and implement WebQuests in the classroom.  Designed for intermediate
computer users with no or a basic understanding of WebQuest construction, this workshop will provide a precise instruction to a number of skills including Webpage authoring, creating hyperlinks to websites and files, and inserting images and text.  All WebQuests will be uploaded to the Internet and available for editing online.

Link to WebQuest Workshop:  http://users.freshpond.net/c/cburke/americanhistory.html

Historical Field Trips, Strategies and Standards
Led by Dr. Patricia Fontaine, University of Massachusetts Lowell
Session A:  MARCH 10 & MAY 1, 2008 - LEAVING FROM READING MEMORIAL HIGH SCHOOL
Session B:  MARCH 13 & MAY 8, 2008 - LEAVING FROM READING MEMORIAL HIGH SCHOOL

This two-day workshop will provide teachers will the skills and strategies to plan and conduct standards-based field trips to local historic sites and museums.  Beginning with an overview of a variety of pre-visit, post-visit, and field trip activities, teachers will receive an abundance of instructional strategies and handouts for use with students.   During the latter portion of Day One, participating teachers will visit the Orchard House in Concord, home of Louisa May Alcott and family and will also visit Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, the burying ground of many influential people from Concord, Massachusetts.  On Day Two participants will travel to historic Salem Maritime National Park. 

Encounters and Exchanges in U.S. History Annual Conference
APRIL 18, 2008 AT READING MEMORIAL HIGH SCHOOL
Annual Conference Brochure (word) (pdf)
Annual Conference Program (word)(pdf)

The annual conference will be another pathway for American history teachers to enrich their knowledge of history and the use of primary sources.  Historians and museum educators will conduct lectures in their areas of expertise.  Teachers will be invited to share content, work products and strategies on how to implement them in the classroom.

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History Book Discussion Study Groups

For Elementary Teachers
Led  by Professor  Patricia L. Fontaine  from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell
PDPs/1Graduate Credit Available
LOWELL – NOVEMBER 14, DECEMBER 12, JANUARY 9, FEBRUARY 13, MARCH 12, APRIL 9, MAY 14 FROM 3:45 - 5:45 P.M. AT THE BARTLETT COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP SCHOOL
READING – NOVEMBER 5, DECEMBER 3, JANUARY 10, FEBRUARY 4, MARCH 3, APRIL 7, MAY 5, FROM 3:45 - 5:45 P.M. AT READING MEMORIAL HIGH SCHOOL

For Middle & High School Teachers (open to all)
Led  by Professor  Dean Bergeron  from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell
PDPs/1Graduate Credit Available
DANVERS - NOVEMBER 7, DECEMBER 5, JANUARY 2, FEBRUARY 6, MARCH 5, APRIL 2, MAY 7 FROM 3:30 - 5:30 P.M. AT DANVERS HIGH SCHOOL LIBRARY MEDIA CENTER
LOWELL - NOVEMBER 28, DECEMBER 19, JANUARY 9, FEBRUARY 13, MARCH 19, APRIL 16, MAY 14 FROM 2:45 - 4:45 P.M. AT LOWELL HIGH SCHOOL
READING & NORTH READING - NOVEMBER 19, DECEMBER 10, JANUARY 14, FEBRUARY 11, MARCH 10, APRIL 14, MAY 12 FROM 3:15 - 5:15 P.M. AT READING MEMORIAL HIGH SCHOOL LIBRARY MEDIA CENTER

Participating teachers in each of the four districts will meet for seven 2-hour history book discussion study groups each year to deepen their content knowledge of the designated historical periods and theme studied that year.

The study groups will provide an opportunity to read and discuss in a collegial atmosphere five biographies, memoirs, historical fiction and historical works related to the program year’s theme.  Instructional strategies to incorporate the books’ content into the classroom will be provided and discussed.   Participants are required to develop a related work product such as an in-depth review of a book, lesson plans, or a multi-media presentation.  Books are provided for all participants.

Book titles may include:

Elementary:
Setting the World Ablaze: Washington, Adams, Jefferson, and the American Revolution by John Ferling

Revolutionary Mothers: Women in the Struggle for America’s Independence by Carol Berkin

Black Jacks: African American Seamen in the Age of Sail by W. Jeffrey Bolster
March by Geraldine Brooks

Little Women [abridged] by  Louisa May Alcott
Seaport on the World, Cobblestone Magazine

Middle/High:
Fall River Outrage: Life, Murder and Justice in Early Industrial New England  by David Kasserman

Historians at Work: Does the Frontier Experience Make America Exceptional? Edited by Richard W. Etuain

Black Jacks: African American Seamen in the Age of Sail by W. Jeffrey Bolster

The Approaching Fury:  Voices of the Storm, 1820 - 1861 by Stephen B. Oates

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs

Selected Resources to Support Fall River Outrage

Selected Resources to Support Black Jacks

Selected Resources to Support Blood and Thunder

Selected Resources to Support The Approaching Fury

Selected Resources to Support Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

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Primary Source Summer Institutes,

Massachusetts History, 1620 - 1846 for Elementary Teachers
With presentations by leading academic historians, independent scholars and “lead teachers”
JULY 14 - 17, 2008 AT COOLIDGE MIDDLE SCHOOL, READING
PDPs/2 graduate credits available

U.S. Expansion and Connections to the World in Antebellum America for Middle/High School Teachers
With presentations by leading academic historians, independent scholars and “lead teachers”
JULY 28 - AUGUST 1, 2008 AT COOLIDGE MIDDLE SCHOOL
NOVEMBER TBA, 2008
PDPs/3 graduate credits available

Primary Source, a non-profit educational organization, will provide learning opportunities and curriculum resources designed to deepen content knowledge for teachers.  Participating teachers have the option to earn professional development points necessary for recertification or graduate credit.  All participants are required to complete a unit lesson plan project. 

The Massachusetts History Institute will include content on topics such as: Pilgrims, Puritans and Their Religion, Colonial-Indian Encounters, Events Leading up to the Revolution, Shays’ Rebellion, and the Second Great Awakening.  Participants will take a walking tour of the Boston Freedom Trail and the African-American Heritage Trail.

The Antebellum America Institute will include topics such as:  the Transatlantic Reform Tradition,. Slavery and Abolitionism, the International Women’s Movement, the China Trade, the War of 1812, and the California Gold Rush.  Participants will take a field trip to the Peabody Essex Museum.

Link to Primary Source:  www.primarysource.org

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 Year One Programs

Big6
September 27, 2006, February 28, 2007 & April 25, 2007
These workshops present a widely-used approach to teaching information and technology skills.  The model provides a strategy to manage the vast amounts of available information related to American history through technology and other research venues.  The goal is for teachers to teach students of American history the Big6 information literacy model for their own learning and research. 
Big6 PowerPoint (ppt)
February 28 & April 25 Agenda (word / pdf)
Presidential Report Cards PowerPoint(ppt) large file
Colonial Trades for Colonial Kids PowerPoint (ppt) large file
What Makes a Good Leader? (word)
A Model of Christian Charity
(word)
Colonial Leaders (ppt) large file
Penn's Letter to the Indians (word)
The Examination of Mrs Anne Hutchinson at the Court at Newton. 1637 (word)
Religious Intolerance, Roger Williams & the General Court of Massachusetts (word)
Plea for Religious Liberty, Roger Williams (word)
A Key into the Language of America, Roger Williams (word)
Letter to Queen Anne, John Smith (word)
Instructions by Way of Advice, John Smith (word)

History Book Discussion Study Group
Led  by Professors Dean Bergeron and Patricia L. Fontaine  from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell
LOWELL – NOVEMBER 1, DECEMBER 13, JANUARY 3, FEBRUARY 7, MARCH 8, APRIL 4, MAY 2, FROM 2:45 TO 4:45 P.M. FOR THE HIGH SCHOOL; NOVEMBER 8, DECEMBER 6, JANUARY 24, MARCH 7, APRIL 4, MAY 2 FROM 3:30 TO 5:30 FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS AT THE BARTLETT COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP SCHOOL
READING – NOVEMBER 6, DECEMBER 6, JANUARY 8, FEBRUARY 5,  MARCH 5, APRIL 2, MAY 7, FROM 3:15 TO 5:15 P.M., HELD IN THE RMHS TEACHERS’ LUNCH ROOM
DANVERS – NOVEMBER 8, DECEMBER 4, JANUARY 10, FEBRUARY 14, MARCH 14, APRIL 11, MAY 9, FROM 3:30 TO 5:30 P.M., HELD AT THE DANVERS HIGH SCHOOL LIBRARY MEDIA CENTER
NORTH READING – NOVEMBER 13, DECEMBER 11, JANUARY 22, FEBRUARY 12, MARCH 12, APRIL 9, MAY 14, FROM 3:30 TO 5:30 P.M., HELD AT THE NORTH READING HIGH SCHOOL LIBRARY MEDIA CENTER
FEBRUARY & MARCH DATES ARE TENTATIVE
Participating teachers in each of the four districts will meet for seven 2-hour history book discussion study groups each year to deepen their content knowledge of the designated historical periods and theme studied that year.  The study groups will provide an opportunity to read and discuss in a collegial atmosphere five biographies, memoirs, historical fiction and historical works related to the program year’s theme.  Participants will develop a related work product such as an in-depth review of a book, lesson plans, or a multi-media presentation.
Year One Book Titles (word / pdf)
Using WebQuests in the History Classroom

Capturing History
Presented by John Wren, University of MassachusettsLowell Technology Consultant
Session A:  APRIL 11 & MAY 9, 2007
Session B:  APRIL 12 & MAY 10, 2007
Location:  Reading Memorial High School Library Media Center
The two-day workshops prepare teachers attending the summer institute field trips and teachers who conduct historical site visits to maximize their experiences with primary sources and create primary source photograph archives for classroom learning.  Participants receive hands-on training on digital cameras, photo editing, and content preparation for web/CD creation.

Technology in the American History Classroom
Presented by FreshPond Education
Session A :  JANUARY 29 & March 9, 2007
Session B:  JANUARY 30 & FEBRUARY 15, 2007
Location:  Reading Memorial High School Library Media Center
This two-day hands-on institute will focus on using the internet and web-based resources in the classroom.  Participants will benefit from this structured format to review, evaluate, and design learning activities based on websites.   This institute will help teachers determine the best ways in which technology can assist them in teaching American history to meet the Historical Thinking Benchmarks.
Teaching American History with Technology
Delicious Social Bookmarking Sites

Annual Encounters and Exchanges in U.S. History Conference
APRIL 3, 2007 AT READING MEMORIAL HIGH SCHOOL
The annual conference will be another pathway for American history teachers to enrich their knowledge of history, the founding documents, and primary sources.  Historians and museum educators will conduct lectures in their areas of expertise.  Teachers will also learn, observe and analyze a range of approaches to teaching and learning American history.  Teachers will be invited to share content, work products and strategies on how to implement them in the classroom.

Primary Source Summer Institute:  Exploring Conflict and Consensus Among Peoples from the American Colonies to the New Republic
With presentations by leading academic historians, independent scholars and “lead teachers”
JUNE 1, 2007 – ORIENTATION DAY AT PRIMARY SOURCE IN WATERTOWN, MA
JULY 23 – 27, 2007 AT COOLIDGE MIDDLE SCHOOL IN READING, MA
NOVEMBER 2007 (EXACT DATE TBA) – FOLLOW UP DAY AT COOLIDGE MIDDLE SCHOOL
PDPs/3 graduate credits available
Primary Source, a non-profit educational organization, will provide learning opportunities and curriculum resources designed to deepen content knowledge for teachers.  Participating teachers have the option to earn professional development points necessary for recertification or graduate credit.  Year one summer institute sessions include but are not limited to:  Native Cultures and Encounters, Cultural and Religious Differences Among the Colonies, Spanish, French, and Dutch America, the French and Indian War, the African Diaspora and Roles of Blacks in the Colonies, a Field Study at Plimoth Plantation, Teaching the Founding Documents, Leadership in Revolutionary America, and the Enlightenment and Political Thought of the Early Republic.

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