Teaching American History

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Connecticut 2006 Grant Abstract
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Grantee Name:Capitol Region Education Council, CT
Project Name:Charter Oak Collaborative: U.S. History in the Elementary School
Project Director:Anne Raymond
Number of Teachers Served:1,252
Number of School Districts Served:9
Number of Students Served:21,096
Grade Levels:K-5
Partners:the University of Connecticut, the Connecticut Historical Society, the Noah Webster House and Museum, Plimoth Plantation, Old Sturbridge Village, the Antiquarian and Landmarks Society, the National Heritage Foundation, the Institute for American Indian Studies, the Webb, Dean, Stevens House and Museum, and the Boston Freedom Trail (Old North Church, the Paul Revere House, the Boston Tea Party Ship and Museum, and Faneuil Hall)
Topics:religious diversity and liberty, colonial economics and labor systems, the American Revolution, major ideas of independence, the Founding Fathers, daily life, post-Revolution economic and social development, and pre- and post-Revolution State history
Methods:summer institute, workshops, classroom observations, and mentoring

The council's K-3 students have little or no exposure to American history, and those in grades 4 and 5 learn from textbooks. Few go on to middle school with any interest or enthusiasm for knowing our country's past and how it affects the future. The project's major strategies are to create a cadre of lead teachers who will be highly trained in the use of primary sources at K-5 levels, will understand the interdisciplinary nature of U.S. history, will make effective use of the Internet, use field trips, and will participate in professional development activities that will improve the teaching of American history within the collaborative and beyond. Teachers in this initiative will learn how to use primary sources, historical fiction, historical non-fiction, biographies, and field trips to foster a lifelong interest in and appreciation for our country's history, principles, and values in all students.

Last Modified: 08/18/2006