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CENTER FOR THE TEACHING OF AMERICAN HISTORY
Professor Thomas Dublin, Director
Center Office: Academic B G10
Phone: (607) 777-6769



LESSONS--U.S. HISTORY TO 1877


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.

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

    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:
  • Reconstruction Revisited: Why? What If?
  • The Election of 1860
  • Carolina Gold and Black
  • A House Divided--The Lincoln-Douglas Debates
  • Historiography of Reconstruction
  • Women and the Civil War



    NINTEENTH CENTURY SOCIAL AND POLITICAL CHANGE
    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
  • Exodusters

    From the Peer Review Conference:

  • Lowell and Beyond: A Document Hop
  • Who Got a Piece of the American Pie?
  • The Populist Movement THE EVOLVING CONSTITUTION, SUMMER 2008
    July 7-11, 2008

    from the Peer Review Conference and the Summer Workshop:

    IMMIGRATION--SHAPING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, SUMMER 2008
    August 18-20, 2008

    From the Summer Workshop & Peer Review Conference, March 2009:


    Go To Lesson Plans 1877-present


    Area teachers and Binghamton University graduate students interested in participating in any of the Center's programs should contact the Center's Project Coordinator, Thomas Wirth, at (607) 777-6769 or via email.


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    This site was last updated on February 12, 2010.

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