We offer free professional development workshops and in-service training at your location. Teaching with documents enables you to create experiential lessons and meaningful assessments; and it's fun. You'll explore treasures of the National Archives, learn how to access them, and practice using them for teaching and learning.
Below is a sample of possible topics. Teachers may request special topics to meet the needs of staff and curriculum.
Workshops Available Upon Request
Meet the National Archives: Introduction to Teaching with Documents
Using primary sources in the ELA and social studies classroom brings students up close and personal with the events and people they are studying. This workshop provides an overview of resources and hands-on practice with teaching strategies.
We Came From...
Teaching about immigration, migration, and American identity provides important and meaningful opportunities. Using literature, primary sources, and activities, we’ll construct historical narratives in the context of immigration.
Teaching about the Holocaust
Shoah means catastrophe, calamity, devastation, tumult. How do we teach about the Holocaust and the lessons of that catastrophe? Anchored in the documentary Night and Fog, the materials, activities, and conversation will address this important and difficult subject. Please note that content may be explicit.
21st-Century Access to Historical Records
Get out your laptops (or book the computer lab) to explore online resources and create computer-based activities using DocsTeach—our online tool for teaching with documents—and other resources from the National Archives.
Teach the Constitution: It's the Law!
We are required to teach the Constitution at least every Sept 17th. It’s fun, easy, and important. This hands-on workshop provides you with activities for fulfilling your legal and curricular requirements.
Prequel to Independence: Who Fired the Shot Heard Round the World?
Hardly a man is now alive who remembers that famous day and year when the embattled farmers stood and fired the shot heard round the world. Eyewitness accounts combined with literature make it all come alive through detective work and role-playing. This hand-on workshop provides the resources and activities.
Men of Glory: the 54th Volunteer Infantry
Examining the service records of selected men who served in the 54th, we can gain an understanding of service, sacrifice, and heroism. This workshop provides a background to the Civil War and the origination of the U.S. Colored Troops.
World War I on the Homefront
When we teach about wars abroad, we often focus on the abroad part of the story. Here at home, World War I touched everybody. By examining posters and types of war records, students gain a deeper understanding of the effects of war on a nation.
Exploring Civil Rights
Where and when does the story of U.S. civil rights begin? With the importation of the first slave? With the Fugitive Slave Act? With Brown v. Board? With Dr. King? By examining a range of documents, we can help our students understand that the ongoing struggle for civil rights is part of the tapestry of our nation.