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Teaching with Primary Sources-MTSU 2016 Summer Institute

The Teaching with Primary Sources-MTSU 2016 Summer Institute will expore the New South period (1877-1896). The Compromise of 1877 marked the end of Reconstruction in the South and the beginning of a new period as Southern states continued to rebuild after the devastation of the Civil War and the upheaval of years following the war. Content experts will discuss the changes happening in Tennessee during this pivotal period including changes in the economic system, passage of the first segregation laws, the election of African Americans to various political offices including the Tennessee General Assembly, and the impact of yellow fever. 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 14-16

Location: Heritage Center of Murfreesboro and Rutherford County

Theme: Tennessee in the New South: Politics and Progressivism

The goal of the institute is to provide educators a strong foundation in the historical content related to the theme; provide instruction and share strategies for using primary sources both in the classroom and in conjunction with visits to historic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

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 14

  • 9:30, Introductions, orientation, and overview of institute
  • 9:45, Activity: Constructing the Investigative Question for the Institute
  • 10:00, Content Speaker: Dr. Jeanette Keith
  • 11:00, Break
  • 11:15, Activity: Primary Source Analysis
  • 12noon, Lunch
  • 12:45, Presentation: "White World, Black Justice: Tennessee's African American Police Officers in the New South and Applications of the Research in the Classroom" by Justin Farr
  • 1:45, Break
  • 2:00, Teacher Presentation: "Crossing the Veil: A Young W.E.B. DuBois in Rural Tennessee" by Taylor McDaniel (Whitwell Middle School)
  • 3:20, Reflection and Exit Activity
  • 3:30, Dismiss

Day Two: June 15

  • 8:00, Depart from Heritage Center
  • 9:00, Walking Tour of Fisk University with Dr. Reavis Mitchell
  • 10:00, Break
  • 10:15, Tour of Fisk University Special Collections with Dr. Jessie Carney Smith
  • 11:30, Depart Fisk University
  • 12:15, Lunch at a local restaurant
  • 1:15, Depart for Alexandria
  • 1:45, Tour of Alexandria
  • 2:45, Depart for Murfreesboro
  • 3:30, Dismiss

Day Three: June 16

  • 8:30, Discussion: How do we teach the New South period? What topics or themes do we want our students to focus on?
  • 9:30, Drawing Connections with the Standards
  • 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.