Teaching American History

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Maine 2005 Grant Abstract
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Grantee Name:Gorham Public Schools, Gorham, ME
Project Name:Teaching History through Biography
Project Director:Charles C. Calhoun (207) 773-5051
Number of Teachers Served:70
Number of School Districts Served:11
Number of Students Served:No Information Available

Teaching American History through Biography is a partnership between the Maine Humanities Council, Bowdoin College, and a consortium including Portland Public Schools and the Sebago Educational Alliance in south-central Maine. The project is designed to improve the teaching of American history as an independent subject in Grades 5 through 12 by increasing teachers' content knowledge through the close study of American biography. Participants receive training in archival techniques and research as a basis for independent research projects and the preparation of essays for the Council website. Other activities include after-school colloquia, summer institutes at Bowdoin College, field trips, a writing workshop, and a summary conference. Institute topics include the following: American Faces: The Colonial and Federal Eras; Why Did the Revolution Happen?; De Tocqueville's America; Reconstruction and its Aftermath; and Progressivism and Reform in Early 20th Century America. Biographies are used throughout the project to examine the development of the American Republic from the 17th through the 20th Centuries.

Last Modified: 09/27/2005