Lesson Development Institute

American Notes: Travels in America, 1750-1920

Lesson plans are like travel diaries that describe teacher and student experiences in the classroom. Lessons provide specific details of the teaching and learning process so that another educator could lead a group of students on similar journey. Lessons use historical sources, Understanding Goals, and an Investigative Question to inspire and focus learning. Historical sources are central throughout the lesson being essential to the Introduction (beginning), Investigation (middle), and Formal Assessment (end). Lessons often require more than one period to implement.

Pre-requisite: Completion of Step One Part B - Workshop Series and accepted proposal.

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LibraryQuest Development Institute

[3 men] On the summit of Mt. Hood, 11225 feet above the sea - signaling 15 miles into the valley below, Oregon

Create, implement, and revise practical authentic inquiry experiences using digital Library of Congress historical sources in the computer lab. Through LibraryQuests, students will be challenged to work as a professional in a particular field to research a topic using primary sources in order to solve a problem or develop a product. Digital historical documents are used throughout LibraryQuests including the Introducation (beginning), Investigation (middle), and Formal Assessment (end). LibraryQuests often require preparation time before using the computers, three or more days in a computer lab, and time in the classroom to finish the task or project.

Pre-requisite: Completion of Step One Part B - Workshop Series and accepted proposal.

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Pathfinder Institute

Florida migrants studying road map before leaving Elizabeth City, North Carolina for the state of Delaware

Develop a Pathfinder to help students conduct research at http://www.loc.gov. Pathfinders support the development of Information Literacy Skills by helping students practice research skills. Pathfinders provide specific links, key words, and note taking strategies.

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