We the People: Voices that Shaped America

 

What joins us together as citizens? Gain insights about how various Americans have effected change in their community, in their country, and in their world over the years, influenced by culture and events. Explore a variety of perspectives through the voices of ethnic groups, children, and citizens in war and conflict, and gain insights into individual and shared perspectives that have shaped us into “we the people.” Consider strategies to support your students’ literacy and content knowledge as we examine and analyze Library of Congress manuscripts, maps, images and oral histories.

Prerequisite: Essentials Exploration.

Location

Activities

Steamboat classroom

(8:30) Welcome! sign in, pick up notebooks Introducing We the People: Your perspectives 

Steamboat classroom

Chinese Americans:  We the people and the immigration experience Connecting children’s literature and primary sources Finding meaning through complexity, diversity and unity Reflection sheet

 

Break (approx. 10:30)– move to computer lab

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computer lab

At the computers Primary Sources and teacher resources - Library of Congress online  (www.loc.gov)

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computer lab

We the people: Exploring perspectives on labor and children Insights on continuity and change from photos, manuscripts and posters

Steamboat classroom

Lunch (approx. 11:45) explanation of assignment for credit/ registration

Steamboat 
classroom

Children and labor - continued Finish up posters - fill in reflection sheets

Steamboat classroom

Women’s Suffrage: Caught in a Bad Romance   Examine risk and protest through primary sources and multimedia interpretation Uncover patterns and chronology Fill in reflection sheet

 

Break (approx. 2:00 )– move to computer lab

Vail
computer lab

At the computers Primary Sources and teacher resources - Library of Congress online  (www.loc.gov)

Vail
computer lab

Aggression and Response Become an audiophile for audio files and uncover cause and effect in music, speeches, interviews, and oral histories. Fill in reflection sheet

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computer lab  

Wrap-up Conclusion – Share/turn in reflection sheets Evaluation

 

 

 

 

Current News

New resource: Book Backdrops developed by our summer institue participants.

Calendar of Events:

Coming this Fall 2015

Transforming America: America in the Gilded Age (Date to be announced soon)

Other offerings this fall will be Essentials Exploration and a Special Topics workhop focused on WWII