History Through Discovery

Villanova Summer Teachers Institute

July 15-19, 2002

Wiseburg, Historical Thinking and Other Unnatural Acts
Foner, The New American History

TENTATIVE COURSE OUTLINE - Changes may be made depending on availability of archives.

Monday - Methods of analyzing and teaching with primary sources: documents, images, artifacts, and places

Tuesday - Teaching with Historic Places (eighteenth century)

Walking tours and on-site analysis of buildings and artifacts in Philadelphia historic district:

-- Benjamin Franklin and the American Enlightenment

-- Evolution of the new nation as viewed through architecture

Wednesday - Archival sources (emphasis on documents, nineteenth century)

Morning on campus (continued methods and discussion of teaching applications)

Lunch at the Reading Terminal Market, Center City Philadelphia

Afternoon orientation and work with primary sources at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania

Thursday - Archival sources (emphasis on photographs, twentieth century)

Morning on campus (workshop with materials located Thursday; discussion of readings)

Afternoon orientation and work with primary sources at the Urban Archives, Temple University

Friday - Curriculum development

Issues of teaching with primary sources; discussion of readings; development of lesson plans

Field trips will use public transportation; all locations are easily accessible from Villanova via SEPTA.  Fares are the responsibility of participants.

For participants seeking graduate credit:  An additional project must be completed after the week of the workshop.  The project will consist of developing a new teaching unit using primary sources.


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