North Carolina Projects
Connecting Carolina: Integrating Primary Sources from the Library of Congress Collection in North Carolina's History Classrooms This project represents a collaborative partnership between North Carolina State’s College of Education and the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh, NC. The goal is to support the integration of the primary sources made available by the Library of Congress across the grade levels in history classrooms in North Carolina. The Connecting Carolina program leverages current curriculum standards as well as student prior knowledge and provides professional development for teachers focused on the integration of digital history resources available through loc.gov in the classroom by making connections to state history. Specifically, we will use the "Story of North Carolina" exhibit presented by the North Carolina Museum of History to connect American history resources in the Library of Congress collection to our state’s history, thus enabling teachers to build on student prior knowledge while also motivating students to understand American history in a way that is relevant to their home communities and experiences.
Chronozoom TimeBook: AP US History Edition actively engages K-12 teachers and students in exploring Library of Congress resources through a sustainable and innovative digital "textbook," designed on a highly interactive timeline (using the free digital platform of ChronoZoom) to highlight the organic interconnectedness of historical events. With the AP U.S. History curriculum as a framework, teachers from across the Southeastern region utilize various Library of Congress resources to create engaging and interconnected primary source exhibits that are positioned across the timeline. Each exhibit is made up of 4-6 digital artifacts from the Library of Congress collection and embellished with resources from state and local archives. More than a textbook, this process transforms the historic record into a deeply compelling TimeBook that encourages inquiry-based learning and highlights the concepts of causation, simultaneity, and agency.
While teachers participate in the creation of the TimeBook to ensure classroom applicability and curricular alignment, the ultimate impact on educators is through a series of professional development opportunities. Ultimately, participating teachers not only receive intensive training on how to effectively integrate the Library of Congress' resources, but also leave with a ready-to-implement technological tool for helping students interact with primary sources while critically examining their historical relatedness.
Learning to Teach with Local Sources in Eastern North Carolina - In recent years, critical reading of nonfiction texts has taken on increased importance in the elementary grades. Primary source-based teaching can help to meet that need, but it has long been less common in elementary schools than with older students, leading to a shortage of good models and materials. Based at East Carolina University, this project creates small, generative document sets for use in teacher education and professional development settings. Through these sets (and their associated professional development sessions), teachers learn to select, excerpt, and juxtapose documents to create intriguing, inquiry-oriented lessons and units. Model documents address topics of regional and national interest and are drawn from the Library of Congress, ECU's Joyner Library, and other North Carolina collections. Initially targeted at audiences of pre-service and in-service elementary teachers, the resources have future applications with secondary teachers and with K-12 students themselves.
America on the World Stage – Online provides professional development in the use of primary sources to teach U.S. History with a global context by leveraging the continuity and flexibility of an online course environment. LEARN NC at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill's School of Education works with experienced teachers to author and host a complimentary bundle of online professional development courses that teach the content and methodology of each module of America on the World Stage. Teachers from the Charlottesville City Public Schools TPS project serve as authors and instructors, and participating teachers develop a five to seven week long serialized course, hosted by LEARN NC. Central to the project is intentional integration of Library of Congress collection materials with the existing teaching kits. Each kit includes relevant primary sources and each course integrates TPS methodology. LEARN NC offers these courses with an expandable selection of "greatest hits" that serve as trailers for each course and feature Library of Congress materials as the centerpiece.
Beyond Words 2.0 has partnered with the TPS Eastern Region program to use the Library of Congress' rich reservoir of digitized resources and analysis tools to develop and support a community of teachers who are skilled at engaging their students in thinking critically and historically about visual documents, especially historical photographs.
Students need these powerful analysis tools to negotiate the deluge of visual data comprising the world away from school. Students must be able to collect and analyze data, form and test reasonable hypotheses, make decisions and solve problems, and justify their conclusions. These skills, newly refined through thinking deeply about the past, may then transfer to the present, strengthening their democratic dispositions.
Revolution, Rights, and Removal: African Americans, Women, and Native Americans and the Making of America - The National Humanities Center builds on the its successful series of TPS seminars to sponsor five brand new ninety-minute online professional development seminars for high school teachers of American history and literature. Although funded by the TPS Eastern region, the seminars are available to teachers throughout the nation. Led by Fellows of the National Humanities Center and other distinguished scholars, the seminars explore the role African Americans played in the American Revolution, the causes and consequences of Indian removal, westward expansion and the creation of the United States, the struggle for woman suffrage, and the emergence of Jim Crow. In support of the Common Core State Standards, they focus on the close reading of challenging primary texts which are drawn from the Library of Congress' American Memory Timeline and primary resource sets as well as the Center's teaching anthologies. The seminars seek to deepen teacher content knowledge, provide fresh instructional resources, and model close reading discussion strategies.
Sponsored by the America in Class® from the National Humanities Center, Key Questions, Key Texts offers five free, live, interactive, ninety-minute online seminars that integrate resources from the Library of Congress' American Memory Timeline with those of the Center's teaching anthologies. Under the leadership of distinguished scholars, each seminar explores a key question in U.S. history: Why did some early European attempts to colonize the New World fail and others succeed? What intellectual transformations changed loyal subjects of the Crown in British North America into rebels? How did African Americans, free and enslaved, fight for their freedom in the Civil War? What was new to Americans in the urban experience of the late 19th and early 20th centuries? In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, what benefits and costs for immigrant groups were associated with strategies of assimilation? These questions guide participants through rich collections of primary resources and enable them to organize lessons around fresh, engaging material.
"What does this source represent?" Beyond Simply Showing and Telling by Using the Broadsides and Printed Ephemera Collection to Facilitate Historical Inquiry in the Standards Based Classroom provides in-service and pre-service teachers with the means and wherewithal to integrate primary source documents into their history instruction. The project serves middle and secondary social studies teachers in two school districts in North Carolina: Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools and Wake County Public Schools, as well as two consortiums in Virginia: the Southside Virginia Educator's Development Institute (SEDI), which serves the eight school districts, and the Southwest Virginia Public Education Consortium (SVPEC), which is comprised of an additional sixteen school districts. The project also serves pre-service social studies teachers at four universities.
The project features the American Memory collection, An American Time Capsule: Three Centuries of Broadsides, and Printed Ephemera. Items in the collection span the history of the United States and are ideal for use in K-12 social studies classrooms. This online collection is used to demonstrate literature-based best practices for incorporating primary source documents into K-12 social studies instruction. There are relatively short documents that can be analyzed using a variety of pedagogical strategies. The documents are in a variety of print and visual forms and reflect topics and themes that are commonly found in K-12 social studies content standards.
Exploring African American Life and Culture through Primary Sources selected North Carolina teachers to explore the role of African Americans in the state and nation's history. Use of primary source documents, artifacts, and historic sites, combined with lectures from noted scholars, equip educators to teach the rich heritage and contributions of African Americans in North Carolina and the United States from the colonial period to the modern era. Additionally, teachers across the state participate in an on-line teacher workshop based on materials developed in the institute.
Legacies of the Civil War is a three-day institute designed to provide K-12 teachers with the training and materials to successfully use Library of Congress digital primary sources through Paideia Seminar discussion to teach and learn about the Civil War time period. Given the paramount significance of the Civil War in American cultural history and its robust presence in the Library of Congress' collections, the National Paideia Center is dedicated to introducing participants (and through them, their students) to the multiple "legacies of the Civil War" as represented through artistic expressions such as drawing, photography, music, and poetry.
In Teaching the Old North State, the National Paideia Center at the University of North Carolina offers a three-day institute designed to provide K-12 teachers with the training and materials they need to successfully teach Library of Congress digital primary sources through Paideia Seminar discussion. The institute consists of two simultaneous workshops: one for experienced Paideia Seminar facilitators who focus their efforts on finding and selecting evocative primary sources as well as preparing detailed seminar plans for those sources, and a second for teachers new to Seminar facilitation, who are trained to plan and lead seminars using primary sources as their focus. Both workshops focus on teaching American and North Carolina history through primary sources, and the resulting seminar plans are made available online as appropriate.
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