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TPS SIUE Event- Educators at a local museum.Special Events at TPS SIUE

Special Events are short one or two day events for K-12th grade teachers to highlight a topic of interest using a specific collection or set of sources from the Library of Congress. Guest presenters and/or visits to local museums and libraries are integrated into each event. The goal of these events are to build upon the experiences of the workshops, graduate coursework, and institute events. CPDUs are available to participants for all events. We welcome your ideas for a future event.

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Past Events

John Brown:  Murderer or Martyr?

Presenter: Michelle Stacy
Using John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859 as a touchstone, participants will analyze whether John Brown's actions constitute him as a murderer or a martyr.  Participants will use primary source writings, images, and songs to provide evidence for their claims and will leave ready to reproduce the activity in their classroom.  Finallly, participants will use the "Beyond the Bubble" website to assess their students' historical thinking skills regarding John Brown.  Participants will have time to explore the Library of Congress collections and the assessments from the "Beyond the Bubble" website. 

About the Presenter
Michelle Stacy is a Ph.D student in Educational Studies at St. Louis University and holds an MA in history from Loyola University Chicago. Ms. Stacy taught for seven years at Adlai E. Stevenson High School, in Lincolnshire, Illinois, where she was instrumental in curriculum and faculty development. Currently, she is a social studies teacher at Mascoutah High School in Mascoutah, Illinois, where she teaches AP US history, AP European history, and US history. Ms. Stacy also serves as a Reader and Table Leader for the AP European exam.

Historical Newspapers in the Classroom

Presenter:  Margaret Fredericksen, TPS SIUE
This is a one-day workshop (6-hour) to introduce the use of historical newspapers from the Library of Congress as primary source informational texts and strategies in using newspapers across the curriculum.  Participants will be guided through a hands-on exploration of Chronicling America, a digital collection of U.S. newspapers published from 1836-1922.  Participants will also explore the Library's Teacher Resources, which include lessons and activities that incorporate other formats of primary sources such as documents, manuscripts, photographs, film, music, art, and more.  All certified educators are welcome. 

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