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Teaching with Primary Sources-MTSU 2018 Summer Institute

The Teaching with Primary Sources-MTSU 2018 Summer Institute will explore the decades leading up to the modern civil rights movement (1930-1954). It was during the Great Depression, WWII and the immediate post-war period that the organizing and legal groundwork was laid for the modern civil rights movement. Organizations like the NAACP, Urban League, and CORE worked to end Jim Crow practices through protest, lobbying for new laws, and using the judicial system to fight for their constitutional rights. The return of African American soldiers after WWII would accelerate the pace of change as they refused to bow down to racial violence and intimidation upon their return home. These years sparked the beginnings of a movement that would edge the nation closer to living up to its founding ideals.

Content experts will discuss the changes happening during this pivotal period including the role of African American WWII veterans in the push against racial injustice. 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 12-14

Location: Heritage Center of Murfreesboro and Rutherford County

Theme: The Beginnings of a Movement

The goal of the institute is to provide educators a strong foundation in the historical content related to the theme; provide instruction and share strategies for using primary sources both in the classroom and in conjunction with visits to historic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
  • Completion of advanced readings
  • Participation in online discussions on the TPS Teacher Network
  • 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 and other educator materials
  • Certificate of Completion, that can be redeemed for professional development credit hours.


Day One: June 12

  • 9:00 - Introductions, orientation, and overview of institute
  • 9:15 - Icebreaker Activity
  • 9:30 - Content Speaker: TBA
  • 10:30 - Break
  • 10:45 - Activity: Primary Source Analysis - Foundation of a Movement Timeline
  • 12noon - Lunch
  • 12:45 - Activity: Thurgood Marshall and the NAACP
  • 1:30 - Break
  • 1:45 - Activity: Impact of WWII - The Double V Campaign
  • 2:45 - Reflection and Exit Activity
  • 3:00 - Dismiss

Day Two: June 13

  • Exploring Sites Related to the Columbia Race Riot

Day Three: June 14

  • 9:00 - Teacher Presentation: Joel Covington (Metro Nashville Schools)
  • 10:00 - Activity - Strategies for Using Primary Sources
  • 11:00 - Break
  • 11:15 - Finding Primary Sources
  • 12noon - Lunch
  • 12:45 - Create Lesson Plans
  • 2:00 - Break
  • 2:15 - Share Projects
  • 2:45 - Closing Reflection Activity
  • 3:00 - 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.