Check for previous work: Look around to see if someone else has already fact-checked the claim or provided a synthesis of research.
Go upstream to the source: Go “upstream” to the source of the claim. Most web content is not original. Get to the original source to understand the trustworthiness of the information.
Read laterally: Read laterally. Once you get to the source of a claim, read what other people say about the source (publication, author, etc.). The truth is in the network.
Circle back: If you get lost, or hit dead ends, or find yourself going down an increasingly confusing rabbit hole, back up and start over knowing what you know now. You’re likely to take a more informed path with different search terms and better decisions.
The Flow of History decided many months ago to focus our 2017-18 programming on using history as an entry point to talk about race in the classroom. While this important topic is always on the agenda, recent events have made this conversation even more timely. Our discussion group will launch with a new YA novel that is hard hitting and provocative. We’ll follow that up with some readings about the nature of identity in contemporary society. The final two sessions will investigate the ways that race and privilege figure into history and how we can use state and local history to engage students in empathic conversations about race and identity.
Dates and Locations:
Stevens High School Library, Claremont, NH
November 8, November 15, November 29, December 13, January 10; 4:00 – 6:00pm
Registration Fee: $250; Books and materials provided
Session 1: Claremont, Our Classrooms, and Reflections on Whiteness Sessions 2 & 3: Race and Identity in America
Session 2: Book Discussion: Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give
Session 3: Discussion and Activities: Josh Bryan, “Charlottesville was my fault,” and Facing History and Ourselves, “The Complexity of Identity”
Sessions 4 & 5: The Significance of Race in History
Session 4: Primary Source Inquiry: Slavery in New Hampshire
Session 5: Primary Source Inquiry: The Power of Monument
Location: East Montpelier Elementary School Dates: January 23 & January 30; 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Registration Fee: $100
In this day-long session, teachers will investigate primary sources connected to picture books on Abenaki and early settlement history of the region. Brush up on your early settlement era knowledge, learn strategies for helping students investigate primary sources, and develop writing tasks directly connected to the Common Core. Teachers will leave with primary source packets connected to each picture book. The day will focus on three topics:
In Malian's Song, by Marge Bruchac, a young Abenaki girl recounts the 1759 English attack on her village. This session will use maps and early documents to explore the relationships between the Abenaki and English settlers.
Early Settlement Giants in the Land, by Diana Applebaum, tells the story of the giant pines used for masts for the Royal Navy in the days of early settlement. Tricking the Tallyman, by Jacqueline Davies, is set in 1790 and tells the story of the dilemmas of the tallyman who must deliver a count of the citizens of Tunbridge, Vermont. In this session we will look at town charters, maps, and the first United States Census to understand settlement issues in Vermont and New Hampshire.
The Flow of History decided many months ago to focus our
2017-18 programming on using history as an entry point to talk about race in
the classroom. While this important topic is always on the agenda, recent
events have made this conversation even more timely. Our 4-session book group
will launch with a new YA novel that is hard hitting and provocative. We’ll follow
that up with some readings about the nature of identity in contemporary
society. The final two sessions will investigate the ways that race and
privilege figure into Vermont history and how we can use state and local
history to engage students in empathic conversations about race and identity.
Date: May 11 - 12 Location: Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth, MA Registration Fee: $350
LIMITED TO TEN PEOPLE
You will step into the world of the Pilgrims for a night by dressing up in colonial costumes, helping to make a delicious hearth-cooked meal, and playing games that the settlers would have known from their homes in England. Enjoy a behind the scenes tour and bed down for the night in a reconstructed Pilgrim house to experience the sights, sounds, and smells of an evening in early Plimoth Colony!
Field Study: The Civil War in Your Community
Date: July 9 - 11, 2018 Location: St. Gaudens, Cornish, NH Registration Fee: $525 (2 graduate credits available for additional fee)
Day 1: The Civil War in Myth and Memory. What messages do monuments send? Why were Civil War monuments erected and how do the layered messages from the past impact society today? We will use monuments at St. Gaudens as a case study and hear from one teacher about how her high school students have wrestled with these questions.
Days 2 & 3: Learn how to develop a Project Based Learning unit on researching Civil War soldiers. We will investigate a graveyard, learn how to find primary sources online and in your community, and discuss creative ways for students to share their projects with the community. Considerable time will be available for individual work-time.