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Teachers, if you like story-telling and American history, then this opportunity is for you! Join us for this ten-part lecture series and earn 20 content PDPs. These 90 minute presentations will delve into topics like the good, the bad and ugly elements of Columbus’ famous voyage and discovery and what the first Thanksgiving was like. Participants will be introduced to primary source documents, modern author’s research, and other sources guided by local high school history department head Jason Scott.
Participants will be expected to create and give a 5-10 minute presentation to the course members. These presentations will be given on the final 2: sessions. Participants should provide a slideshow with relevant primary source documents to support their story. These stories should be modeled in the fashion of the other stories told by the course instructor. Below are the expectations for each participant’s final presentation. Participants will be graded on a pass / fail level.
– Clear hook of spark of interest
– Logical flow to the story
– A conclusion that relates the significance of the story
– At least 5 primary sources included in the presentation
– Engaging the audience
Look for spring/summer dates coming soon!
The following stories will be presented:
Stealing Lincoln’s Body
The Good, The Bad and the Ugly of Columbus’ Discovery
The Boston Molasses Flood
Operation Tiger, the (Intentionally) Forgotten D-Day
1816, the Year Without a Summer
Alice Paul and Women’s Suffrage
The First Thanksgiving
The Caning of Charles Sumner* (Monday lecture)
The Occupation of Alcatraz
History Under the Influence: A Discussion of Key Leaders’ Drug and Alcohol Use
$200 per person
In order for teachers to receive their PDPs:
1. Email Theresa Minnehan at email@example.com.
2. In the subject line, write: American History PDPs.
3. Theresa will then send instructions on how to register with SmartPD.
These lectures are opened to the public! Anyone may sign up for the entire series, but drop-ins are also welcome.
Each 90 minute lecture is $25 per person ($40 per couple) payable the night of the lecture.