Teaching with Primary Sources
Teaching with Primary Sources Events
The Teaching with Primary Sources program at Mars Hill University provides professional development to K-12 teachers with primary source analysis at its core. On campus or at your school, we can design a workshop series that meets your needs.
The TPS-Mars Hill staff travels to schools thoughout North Carolina to provide free professional development to educators in public, private and charter schools. Contact AnneMarie Walter (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we can discuss how to best meet your needs.
Image credit: Pelton, H. W. Looking east over Pack Square, Asheville, N.C. 1910. Photograph. Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. Lib. of Cong. Web. 12 Nov. 2013. <http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/89707142/>
Online and Blended Workshops
This school year we are offering a series of wokshops here at Mars Hill. Begun in mid-September, teachers had the option of taking a fully online TPS Basics workshop or a blended, or semi-online, version. This workshop will be offered again in the Spring 2014 semester.
The hybrid workshop series will take you through analyzing primary sources in different formats, exploring the Library’s vast holdings as well as ready to use classroom materials. In between our meetings on the Mars Hill campus, you’ll read, watch videos, do a bit of research and engage in online discussions. You’ll complete the course by creating a learning activity for your classroom. Currently planned to meet on campus, we can bring the face-to-face meetings to a convenient location for a minimum of 6 teachers.
The fully online class allows you to work at home or in your classroom – any time of night or day – perfect for those who can’t make it to Mars Hill. We’ll cover the same content as in the hybrid class as you read, watch videos, do a bit of research and engage in online discussions. You’ll complete the course by creating a learning activity for your classroom. We’ll start in Mid-September and stay on track with bi-weekly activities so that you can end the course before the holiday break and start the spring semester with lots of new ideas and strategies.
The Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program at Mars Hill University is frequently represented at state and regional conferences.
- February 20-21, 2014 – NC Council for the Social Studies, Greensboro, NC.
2014 Summer Teacher Institutes
Primary Sources in your Classroom
For teachers who are interested in learning to use primary sources effectively, this may be the summer institute for you! Designed for teachers and librarians who are new to analyzing primary sources or want to sharpen their skills, this 20-hour Summer Institute will take you through analyzing primary sources in different formats, exploring the Library of Congress’s vast holdings as well as ready-to-use classroom materials and creating your own primary source set based on your curriculum.
Two opportunities: June 23-27 & July 21-25, 2014
Advanced Summer Institute: Appalachian Studies
Building on the success of our 2013 TPS Level II Summer Institute focusing on Appalachian History, we will again collaborate with the Ramsey Center for Regional Studies as we connect the vast holdings of the Library of Congress with the University’s archives. You must have completed a Level I TPS workshop series in order to participate.
We’ll use original as well as digital primary sources from both collections to explore the rich and diverse culture of our region – from the Cherokee people, through the agricultural history, to the music and arts that made our region a home and workplace for many and a playground for others.
As a part of this Summer Institute, you will develop a lesson plan that uses primary sources to take students through the entire inquiry process. Your completed lesson plan will be published on the TPS-Mars Hill site and (with your permission) submitted to the national TPS program.
Dates: July 7-11, 2014.
Both Institutes will take place on the campus of Mars Hill University, Mars Hill, NC, about 20 minutes north of Asheville, NC. All tuition, materials, lunches and snacks are free! Low cost housing (the college guest house if avaiable or residence hall suites ) is available for out -of-town attendees.
For more information about this exciting program and to find out if you qualify, contact AnneMarie Walter via email at email@example.com or via phone at 828-689-1181.
Workshops Available for Booking
In addition to the workshops listed below, we can customize a workshop for your school, grade level or content area. Workshops can be face-to-face, on-line or blended. We will happily travel to your school for a minimum of 6 teachers. Contact AnneMarie (firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss what works best for you.
Introducing the Library of Congress
Take a guided tour of the Library’s site, www.loc.gov with emphasis on the needs of busy teachers. We can schedule this one-hour overview at your convenience, even during a planning block.
Introducing Primary Sources
A hands-on, minds-on workshop where we don’t just talk about primary sources, we use them, handle them, think about them. As the new standards move primary source analysis to the younger and younger grades, you’ll learn some strategies that fit your curriculum. You’ll work with primary sources in many formats for every grade level. With as few as 6 teachers, this workshop is a perfect follow up to Introducing the Library of Congress. From 3 to 6 hours, this is ideal prefessional development for a ‘Teacher Workday.’
Primary Sources in your Classroom
Much like our Level I Summer Institute, this workshop series is broken into blocks to meet your needs. We’ll look at primary sources in several formats and model strategies that cross the curriculum. Two days, three days, or a series of shorter workshops, we can develop the professional development that works for you!
Primary Sources and the Common Core
With the implementation of the Common Core State Standards and the new NC Essential Standards, younger and younger students are analyzing Primary Sources. Learn how the free resources of the Library of Congress can help you and your students develop critical thinking skills.
Creating your Own Primary Source Sets
Pull together a topical collection of images, documents, maps, music and more. With your classroom needs in mind, you can collect the artifacts, then print and laminate them as you create classroom activities. This workshop works well when teachers of the same grade level pool their ideas to build coordinated collections. Prerequisites: Introducing Primary Sources or Primary Sources in your Classroom.
Based on a work of fiction or non-fiction that your students are reading, create a primary source set of images, documents, maps, music and more that helps your students better understand the context behind their reading. Prerequisites: Introducing Primary Sources or Primary Sources in your Classroom.
Free Professional Development Opportunities!
The TPS program at Mars Hill College serves K-12 educators in Western North Carolina and beyond. Although workshops can be held on the Mars Hill campus, we are happy to come to a computer lab or library near you! Call or email to schedule a time and place.
Disclaimer: Content created and featured in partnership with the TPS program does not indicate an endorsement by the Library of Congress.