Primarily Teaching 2014

A Workshop for Educators on Using Historical Documents in the Classroom

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Primarily Teaching Online

This year we are pleased to offer an online version of our traditionally on-site summer institute. Join us for four 1 1/2-hour online sessions:

  • Wednesday, February 4, 2015, 8:30–10 p.m. ET
  • Wednesday, February 11, 2015, 8:30–10 p.m. ET
  • Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 8:30–10 p.m. ET
  • Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 8:30–10 p.m. ET

We will identify primary sources that align with the National History Day theme for 2015, “Leadership and Legacy in History,” to be added to DocsTeach.org from among the hundreds of thousands contained in the National Archives main online catalog. Participants will complete weekly assignments and create a final classroom-ready published DocsTeach activity for their students and the general public.

The four sessions will cover the following topics:

  • Exploring the most effective search techniques to find documents on the National Archives website on your topic and searching DocsTeach to see if your document is already there.
  • Learning about the National Archives and all of its facilities across the United States and the basic method used by the National Archives to store and retrieve original records. We will also learn about the online resources of the Presidential Libraries and Center for Legislative Archives.
  • Exploring the various types of DocsTeach activities, figuring out how to add additional elements, and choosing the most effective activity type for your project.
  • Learning more advanced ways to discover related documents that you may want to examine after Primarily Teaching is over, or to link to from your DocsTeach author’s notes.

Class size is limited to 15 participants. Professional development (clock hours) or graduate credit will be available for a fee.


Comments from Past Participants

  • "A wealth of information and documents that will be incorporated in my teaching units."
  • "I thoroughly enjoyed the excitement of discovery. Many thanks to all those who supported us in many ways."
  • "I have a renewed sense of enthusiasm for beginning yet another school year."
  • "I am a critical audience who is always second-guessing the instructor in courses I take, but if each teacher of social studies took this . . . , the teaching and learning of history in this country would be utterly transformed."
  • "This is the BEST, most VALUABLE class I have ever taken. My vocabulary is insufficient to describe it properly. Thank you!"
  • "I would highly recommend this workshop to anyone with an interest in research and/or the social studies. There is no better way to earn 3 graduate hours! I hope to come back and do much more work here."
  • "I gained the confidence and knowledge and information to do my own research in the future."
  • "An energizing academic experience."

Primarily Teaching is made possible in part by the Foundation for the National Archives, through the support of Texas Instruments.

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