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Slavery, Civil War, Reconstruction
A Revolution, A Constitution, A Nation
Civil Rights Movement
Social and Political Change in the 19th Century
The U.S. and the World in the 20th Century

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The Center for Teaching American History designs and administers numerous professional development activities for teachers. Foremost among them are the Summer Workshops and subsequent Peer Review Conferences.

At the summer workshops we explore the possibilities of using the World Wide Web as a resource for gathering and analyzing primary documents to enhance the classroom experience -- for both students and teachers. Participants begin developing a teaching unit to implement in the coming school year. In the late spring, we reconvene for a Peer Review conference where the participants present their teaching unit, sharing materials and ideas with one another.

In the course of participating in the workshops teachers focus on many specific websites and web-related resources from which they draw materials. Below you will find links to descriptions of the web resources that participants have utilized, organized topically. Additionally, you will find links to lesson plans and ideas for the classroom developed from these web resources.

SLAVERY, THE CIVIL WAR, AND RECONSTRUCTION
Summer Workshops July 8-12, 2002 and July 11-15 2005
Peer Review Conferences May 10, 2003 and March 25, 2006

From the Summer Workshops:

  • Antebellum Resistance To Slavery
  • Sectional Conflict
  • African Americans and the Civil War
  • Civil War and Reconstruction

    From the Peer Review Conferences:
  • African American Soldiers in the Civil War
  • Reconstruction Revisited: Why? What If?
  • The Election of 1860
  • Carolina Gold and Black
  • A House Divided--The Lincoln-Douglas Debates
  • Exodusters
  • Historiography of Reconstruction



    A REVOLUTION, A CONSTITUTION, AND A NATION: TEACHING THE MAKING OF A NATION WITH DOCUMENTS
    Summer Workshops July 7-11, 2003 and August 9-13, 2004
    Peer Review Conferences April 24, 2004 and March 19, 2005

    From the Summer Workshops:
  • "What were the prevailing attitudes of the colonists regarding independence?" (grade 7)
  • "Was the Declaration of Independence inevitable?"

    From the Peer Review Conferences:
  • George Washington: Decisions of the Commander-In-Chief
  • A Soldier's View of the American Revolution
  • The Development of Parties in Washington's First Administration
  • The Constitution, The Bill of Rights and Me, oh my!
  • What About Our Rights Guaranteed Under the Constitution?
  • Lewis and Clark Journals: A Living History



    "'WE LIFTED OUR VOICES IN THUNDER TONES: AMERICA'S CIVIL RIGHTS REVOLUTION IN DOCUMENTS

    Summer Workshops August 18-22, 2003 and August 14-18, 2006
    Peer Review Conferences April 24, 2004 and Spring 2007

    From the Summer Workshops:
  • Women and Civil Rights
  • Birmingham, 1963 (DBQ)

    From the Peer Review Conferences:
  • "The Bridge to Equality": Teaching the Civil Rights Unit
  • Key Events, People, and Groups of the Civil Rights Movement
  • Grassroots: Direct Action, 1955 - 1965
  • Human Rights Violations Involving Children
  • Changing Roles of Women in the 1920s
  • "Pretty Good for a Girl:" Gender Differences in the 1950s



    THE U.S. AND THE WORLD IN THE 20TH CENTURY
    Summer Workshops August 16-20, 2004 and August 15-19, 2005
    Peer Review Conferences April 23, 2005 and March 25, 2006

    From the Summer Workshops:
  • U.S. Foreign Policy and WWII(DBQ)
  • WWII:On the Homefront(DBQ)
  • WWII: A Prelude to War(DBQ)
  • Cold War Events
  • Music of the Cold War
  • Was the Treaty of Versaille Responsible for Starting WWII?
  • American Imperialism
  • The Great War Newspaper Group Project
  • Cold War Documents: Journal Writing & Fiction



    SOCIAL AND POLITICAL CHANGE IN THE 19TH CENTURY
    Summer Workshops July 12-16, 2004 and July 10-14, 2006
    Peer Review Conferences April 23, 2005 and Spring 2007

    From the Summer Workshops:
  • Abolition DBQ


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