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Primary Sources in the Classroom: Teaching the Civil War

July 11 and 12, 2019
8:30 am to 5 pm each day
$60 per person

Registration is required
Register online or call the Education Department at 617-720-7617

The Boston Athenæum will hold a two-day workshop for educators on expanding the use of visual and textual primary sources in classroom teaching. The workshop, designed primarily for teachers of students in grades 5 through 12, will be of value to and open to educators of all grade levels, homeschool educators, school librarians, and museum educators.

The course will use the Athenæum’s exceptional collections of Civil War-related materials to demonstrate—and allow participants to develop—a range of methods for reading, analyzing, and implementing the use of primary sources. The strategies and practices taught and developed throughout the course will be applicable to using primary sources associated with any historical era or event, as well as to the development of critical thinking skills necessary for contemporary media and digital literacy.

Workshop participants will engage in a combination of group and individual activities, including an introduction to the Athenæum and its resources, analyzing primary sources for inquiry-based learning techniques, methods for discovering and selecting primary sources, and developing new strategies for employing primary sources.

At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to articulate the value of incorporating visual and textual primary sources into the classroom, differentiate between physical and digital collections and recognize the benefits of each, design instructional activities that incorporate primary sources that meet state and national learning standards, and develop instructional activities that use inquiry-based learning strategies. Participants will have the opportunity to develop an inquiry-based lesson plan with primary sources from the Athenæum’s collections and have it published on the Athenæum’s website.

The program fee includes lunch on both days of the workshop.

The Boston Athenæum is a Professional Development Provider as recognized by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Licensed workshop participants will receive Professional Development Points (PDPs) for successfully completing the workshop and all assignments and assessments.

This workshop is sponsored in part by Taylor Mudge through the Mudge Fellowship Program. Participating educators are designated as Mudge Education Associates at the Boston Athenæum and will receive a one-year Athenæum membership.

Special thanks to Boston University Center for the Humanities for supporting this initiative through PhD Graduate Internships in the Humanities.

Image: Front and back of “Attention Citizens!” Natchitoches, LA: [Natchitoches union office?], 1864. Printed on wallpaper. Gift, Caleb Loring, 2006.