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TPS-MTSU 2015 Summer Institute

The TPS-MTSU 2015 Civil War Summer Institute will expore Reconstruction. Content experts will discuss how Reconstruction unfolded in Tennessee and how Tennessee's experience differed from other Southern states. Participants will spend time researching relevant collections, exhibitions, and materials available from the Library of Congress. Experienced educators will share strategies on incorporating the inquiry method and primary sources in the classroom. TPS staff will discuss the importance of using historic sites as primary sources and strategies for connecting site visits to classroom teaching.

Dates: Tuesday – Thursday, June 23-25

Times: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. EST

Location: Tusculum College in Greeneville

Theme: Reconstruction

The goal of the institute is to provide educators a strong foundation in the historical content related to the theme; provide instruction and share strategies for using primary sources both in the classroom and in conjunction with visits to historic sites; and immerse participants in relevant collections and materials available from the Library of Congress Web site.


Requirements for participants:

  • Prior familiarity with Teaching with Primary Sources and the Library of Congress Web site (preference give to registrants with at least two hours of TPS workshop experience)
  • Completion of at-home review modules
  • Completion of advanced readings
  • Attendance on all three days

Participants will receive:

  • Instruction and guidance from content experts, leaders experienced in the inquiry method, and in-service educators
  • Lunch on three days
  • Transportation to historic sites visited
  • Travel stipend ($100)
  • Handouts, flash drives, and other educator materials
  • Certificate of Completion, that can be redeemed for professional development credit hours

Participants will be encouraged to create lesson plans and to submit their completed products to us for posting on our Web site and for receipt of an additional stipend.


Day One: June 23

  • 8:30, Introductions, orientation, and overview of institute
  • 8:50, Activity: Engaging Previous Knowledge
  • 9:00, Activity: Question Reflection Technique
  • 9:30, Content Speaker: Dr. Antoinette van Zelm
  • 10:30, Break
  • 10:45, Activity: Primary Source Analysis
  • 12noon, Lunch
  • 12:45, Activity: Studying Recontruction from Mulitple Perspectives
  • 1:30, Break
  • 1:45, Activity: Freedmen's Bureau
  • 2:30, Activity: Compromis of 1877
  • 3:20, Reflection and Exit Activity
  • 3:30, Dismiss

Day Two: June 24

  • 8:30, Meet at Tusculum College
  • 8:45, Tour Doak House Museum
  • 9:15, Tour Andrew Johnson Museum and Library
  • 10:00, Break
  • 10:15, Leave for Wesley Heights
  • 10:30, Tour Wesley Heights
  • 11:30, Lunch at a local restaurant
  • 1:15, Tour Andrew Johnson Nationa Historic Site
  • 3:25, Return to Tusculum College
  • 3:30, Dismiss

Day Three: June 25

  • 8:30, Teacher Presentation
  • 9:30, Discussion: How do we teach Reconstruction? What topics or themes do we want our students to focus on?
  • 10:00, Break
  • 10:15, Finding Primary Sources
  • 11:45, Lunch
  • 12:30, Strategy Session: Writing an Investigative Question
  • 1:15, Creating a Lesson Activity
  • 2:15, Break
  • 2:25, Share Projects
  • 3:15, Closing Reflection Activity
  • 3:25, Wrap-up
  • 3:30, Dismiss

Institute staff will be on hand for one-on-one discussion and assistance.

For additional information contact Stacey Graham or Kira Duke.