April 10 Sharing Day

Go here to view the agenda and links for the April 10th sharing day.

Gilder Lehrman Summer Session Fellows Announced

Congratulations to the 2013 Gilder Lehrman Summer Sessions Fellows! Thomas Angelo, Tyson Bauerle, and Mike Meyer will be traveling this summer to a variety of exciting places. Thomas is headed to New York University to study "American Women from the Colonial to the Modern Era," Tyson is off to Gettysburg to learn about "Abraham Lincoln's World," and  Mike will be our international traveler to Canada to ecplore the "Underground Railroad." Have fun! Learn lots!

Spring Schedule

We've had a great fall and we're ready for what the spring has to offer! This year will focus on the western movement, the people displaced by the movement, and the impact that this interaction had on the country. Our third session is January 14 with presentations by Dr. MacTavish. We'll host an optional strategy sharing day on February 25 , followed by our last session of the year on April 17 with Dr. Wynn and Joel Breakstone from the Stanford History Education Group.

Engaging Students with Primary Sources

The Smithsonian Museum of American History created a handy reference guide designed to highlight the benefits of using primary source materials in any classroom and to provide you, the teacher, with practical suggestions and examples of how to do this. It also includes a bibliography and links to other sites on the internet that feature primary source materials. Pretty sweet!

Free Civil War Poster from teachinghistory.org

Teachinghistory.org is pleased to announce the availability of a new free poster about the Civil War. The poster features an engaging collage of primary sources and related questions that get students thinking about how we know what we know about the past. Teachers can also access an interactive version with links to teaching materials and websites related to the Civil War. View the poster and order copies online.

Looking for Great Lesson Plans?

Over 30 great lessons have been posted at the Establishing America Lesson Plans page. They range from such topics as the Constitutional Convention to sectionalism to the Indian Removal Act. Download handouts and materials as well as online resources and print materials.