Professional development activities under TPS progress along three program levels. 

Best Instructional Practices: 
Differentiated Instruction - Curriculum Differentiation is a broad term referring to the need to tailor teaching environments and practices to create appropriately different learning experiences for different students. Many of these WebQuests differentiate by expanding the content beyond existing print and media materials to include the rich digital archives of the Library of Congress. Process is also differentiated in these WebQuests when students are challenged to think creatively, collaboratively and critically. Many of these WebQuests speak to a variety of learning styles in both content and process. 
Inquiry Learning - Inquiry is a process of active learning that is driven by questioning and critical thinking. The understandings that students develop through inquiry are deeper and longer lasting than any pre-packaged knowledge delivered by teachers to students. Inquiry-based learning follows a process that progresses through phases, but is recursive and reflective throughout. 
Teaching for Understanding – These projects exemplify TFU by using Generative Topics that have multiple connections to students' interests and experiences and can be learned in a wide variety of ways. They also include “performance understanding” by using activities that both develop and demonstrate students' understanding of the generative topics by requiring them to use what they know in new ways. 
WebQuest – All projects listed below follow the guidelines provided by Bernie Dodge and Tom March. The uniqueness is that only Library of Congress primary documents are used to engage students in real-life problem solving. The WebQuests follow a learning cycle of ITO: Input of information (LOC documents), Transformation of information (thinking process), and Output (final student product). Throughout the WebQuests, formative and summative assessment rubrics are provided.

Pennsylvania Standards Aligned System 
Common Core State Standards 

Author   

Title, Grade Level, and Description

Allyson Ayres

On the Home Front WWII, designed for 9th grade American History
Essential question: How does a cournty mobilize for war?

Sarah Braxton           

Perspectives in Art, designed for 6th grade library students. 
Essential question: How does art reflect life?

Jennifer Brockman        

From Germany to Panem-- It's Time to Prove Your Loyalty. Kill or Be Killed, designed for 8th grade and beyond.
Essential question: What makes propaganda effective in persuading people to believe in a cause?  

Andrea Buchanan

The Great Me, the Webquest-ion of Who Am I?  designed for all grade levels.
This WebQuest will appeal to the visual learner and those who learn best through peer interaction. Addresses PA academic standards for career education and work K-12 

Ann Canning 

 

 

From Baseball to Rock & Roll, designed for 5th grade social studies.
Essential question: How does interdependence change popular culture? Addresses NCSS standard IX, understand the increasingly important and diverse global connections among world societies.

WebQuesting at the Library of Congress, designed for teachers.
Essential question: How can you use WebQuesting at the Library of Congress in your classroom?  

Stephen Capraro  

First Glimpse of a New World, designed for 7th grade history.
Essential question: What do you want to know about the New World?  

Charles Elfer 

New World Exploration Revisited, designed for students of World History.
Essential question: Was European Exploration of the New World a Triumph or a Tragedy? 

Patricia Eyer  

Performers, Politics and Pop Culture, designed for 8th through 12th grade social studies.
Essential question: How Does Humor Impact Public Perception of Current Events and Politics? 

Heather Flower 

From Germany to Panem-- It's Time to Prove Your Loyalty. Kill or Be Killed, designed for 8th grade and beyond.  
Essential question: What makes propaganda effective in persuading people to believe in a cause? 

Kristin Gagnon 

From Homemakers to Rosie the Riveter: how the workforce changed from the Great Depression to World War II, designed for 9 – 12 grade American history students.
Essential question: How did the roles of women in the workforce change between the Great Depression and World War II?  

Dave Graham

Blogging in the 1960's - The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, designed for 10th grade US History.
Essential question: How would the March on Washington been covered on the internet?

Twyla J Haines

It's Elementary: Introduction to 21st Century Learning
Essential question: How can an investigation of primary sources authenticate oral histories?

Ed Hanley  

A Lifestyle Forgotten, designed for 8th grade social studies.
Essential question: How would today’s child occupy, amuse, or entertain themselves with out the use of electricity? Addresses PA standards for history, reading, writing, listening and speaking.  

Lauren Hanley Carpenter                    

A Lifestyle Forgotten, designed for 8th grade social studies.
Essential question: How would today’s child occupy, amuse, or entertain themselves with out the use of electricity? Addresses PA standards for history, reading, writing, listening and speaking. 

James Hassett

Individual and Group Perspectives as Cultures Clash in the American West, designed for 5th grade social studies, geography and language arts.
Essential question: How did the ambitions of the settlers clash with the rights and cultures of the Native Americans? 

Kathy Heidler
 



A Forgotten War, designed for 5th grade language arts.
Essential question: How does military life in South Korea today compare to military life during the Korean War?

Thomas Jefferson: 21st Century Man, designed for 5th grade.
Essential question: Would you vote for Thomas Jefferson for president today? Addresses PA standards for history, math, technology & reading, writing, speaking and listening. 

Frank Hunter 

CRASH! designed for 10th grade American history.
Essential question: What can we learn about ourselves by studying the causes and events leading up to World War I? 

Laura Kifer

First Response designed for 10th through 12 grade English.
Essential question: In a national tragedy, such as September 11, 2001, what information is the most important for the public to know immediately?

Stevie Kline 

Turning S.T.E.M into S.T.E.A.M., designed for 9th through 12th grade.
Essential question: How is art essential to creativity and innovation?  

Katie Krocsko 



Billy Yank vs Johnny Reb, designed for middle school social studies.
Essential question: How was life different in the North than it was in the South?

Days of Infamy, designed for 8th grade history.
Essential question: How does a national tragedy Influence individuals of that nation? 

Linda Lee

Costuming Wizardry: Past and Present, designed for 11 – 12 grade English.
Essential question: How have costuming techniques today become more symbolic compared to stage productions of the last century? 

Joyce Mason 

Turning S.T.E.M into S.T.E.A.M., designed for 9th through 12th grade.
Essential question: How is art essential to creativity and innovation?  

Colleen Nelson 

Picasso's Dog, designed for 3rd & 4th grade.
Essential question: What makes Artwork WORK?? Addresses PA standards for production, performance & exhibition of dance, music and theatre & visual arts. 

Katalin Nyikos

Civil Liberties vs. National Security: WWII Japanese Internment as a Case Study using SCIM-C and LOC Primary Sources, designed for 9th-12th grade Social Studies/History.
Essential question: What is the reasonable balance between a country’s need for security in times of political crisis/war and the civil liberties of its citizens? 

Kristine Schiffbauer

Timeless Type: Exploring Typography in Early American Printing, designed for for post-secondary digital design fundamentals.
Essential question: What typographic techniques have stood the test of time? 

Darshell Silva

The Federal Theatre Project, designed for grades 6-7 information literacy.
Essential question: How was FTP spending in 1935 bebeficial or not to American taxpayers? 

Kelly Six

American Dreamers, designed for 8th grade reading and language arts.
Essential question: What type of American Dreamer would YOU have been?  

Amy Weinstock (Martin)

HerStory, designed for 8th grade American history and language arts.
Essential question: How did American women of the past affect my future?  

Cheryl White

Amerique or America? designed for 8th grade US history and technology education.
Essential question: How would your life be different if the French had won the French and Indian War? Addresses PA standards for history, science and technology.

Dave White 

Amerique or America? designed for 8th grade US history and technology education.
Essential question: How would your life be different if the French had won the French and Indian War? Addresses PA standards for history, science and technology. 

Ann Willard

Hanging Out with Lewis & Clark, designed for 8th grade US history.
Essential question: How challenging and exciting was the first official journey across our continent from your perspective? 

Jeanne Williams 

Making Connections: How Oral Histories Connect Us to the Past, Present & Future, designed for 5th through 8th grade social studies.
Essential question: How does learning about someone's life experiences connect you to them, to your family and to your community? 

Zachary Wilson

The Little Guys in the Great War, designed for 11th grade social studies.
Essential question: What was the Great War like for the little guys? 

Amanda Wise

Mapping the National Parks, designed for 3rd grade social studies.
Essential question: Would you be willing to give your land to the government for the development of a new national park? Addresses PA standards for history, geography & reading, writing, speaking and listening. 

Sue Wise

HerStory, designed for 8th grade American history and language arts.
Essential question: How did American women of the past affect my future? 

Beth Woodward

Mapping Sherman’s March, designed for 5th grade social studies.
Essential question: What was the most important result of General Sherman’s “March to the Sea”? 

Shanna Yourchik

Prohibition: The Noble Experiment, designed for 7th grade drug and alcohol class.
Essential question: How did prohibition change a person's outlook on the use of Alcohol?


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