Teaching With Primary Sources
Teaching with Primary Sources Events
The Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program at Mars Hill College is frequently represented at state and regional conferences.
- February 28-March 1, 2013 – NC Council for the Social Studies, Greensboro, NC. Primary Sources and the Common Core
- March 6-8, 2013 – NCTIES, Raleigh, NC
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 (email@example.com) and we can discuss how to best meet your needs.
2013 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.
Dates: July 8-11, 2013 9 am to 3:00 pm (20 hours)
Advanced Summer Institute: Appalachian Studies
We are looking forward to a TPS Level II workshop this summer focusing on Appalachian History. Join the TPS program at Mars Hill as we collaborate with the Ramsey Center for Regional Studies as we connect the vast holdings of the Library of Congress with the College’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. In exchange for fully completing this program, you will receive an Apple iPad.
Dates: June 17-21, 2013 – 9 am to 3:30 pm (30 hours)
Both Institutes will take place on the campus of Mars Hill College, Mars Hill, NC, about 20 minutes north of Asheville, NCAll tuition, materials’ lunches and snacks are free! Low cost housing (we’ve reserved the on-campus guest house) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at 828-689-1181.
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 grades, you’ll learn some strategies that fit your curriculum. With as few as 6 teachers, this workshop is a perfect follow up to Introducing the Library of Congress.
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.
Free Professional Development Opportunities
The TPS Program at Mars Hill College serves K12 educators in Western North Carolina and beyond. Although workshops are occasionally 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.
Later, during the school year, you will implement the lesson with your students, reflect on it and revise your lesson plan. The TPS-Mars Hill staff will work with you as you implement and revise your project.