Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Race and Identity: After school reading &discussion group


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
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Note: a 4-session version of this program is running in Hartford and Brattleboro

Friday, September 22, 2017

Connecting Literature to the Social Studies Classroom

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:


The Abenaki
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.



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Friday, August 25, 2017

After-School Reading and Discussion Series



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.

Dates and Locations:
Hartford Middle School, Hartford, VT, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
November 13, November 27, December 11, January 8

Brattleboro Middle School, Room 263
Brattleboro, VT: November 14, November 28, December 12, January 9

Registration Fee: $200; Books and materials provided

Sessions 1 & 2: Race and Identity in America
  • Session 1: Book Discussion: Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give
  • Session 2: Discussion and Activities: Josh Bryan, “Charlottesville was my fault,” and Facing History and Ourselves, “The Complexity of Identity”

Sessions 3 & 4: The Significance of Race in Vermont History
  • Session 3: Primary Source Inquiry: The Vermont Constitution and Vermont Slavery; Jeffrey Brace, The Blind African Slave
  • Session 4: Discussion: Elise Guyette, “The Power of Erasure: Reflections on Civil War, Race, and Growing Up White in Vermont.” Primary Source Inquiry: The Power of Monuments


Monday, August 14, 2017

Workshop: Town Meeting Then and Now

Date: December 5, 2017

Location: Windsor Town Offices, 29 Union Street, Windsor, VT

Registration Fee: $175

Have you been trying to figure out how to connect Civics to Vermont History? Join us for a workshop focused on Town Meetings then and now.
  • Take a tour of a Town Clerk's vault and learn about the primary sources housed there.
  • Learn how to read town meeting records with kids.
  • Try out a simple lesson that introduces the idea of civic duty to kids, comparing elected officials in a community then and now.
  • Learn how to develop a town meeting reenactment that can focus on past or present civic issues
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2018 Field Studies

Field Study: Overnight at Plimoth Plantation

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.

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2018 Summer Institute

"Something never to be forgotten": Stories of Race and Identity
Dates: June 26 - 29, 2018
Location: Grafton, VT
Registration Fee: to be determined

Monday, August 7, 2017

History Inquiry Labs in Your Classroom


Flow of History will come to you!

These hands-on history inquiries offer students the chance to analyze artifacts, photographs, and other primary sources. Sarah Rooker and/or Alan Berolzheimer will visit your class with a box full of artifacts and other materials to bring history to life for your students. Where possible, they will bring documents connected to your town or region. 

Each inquiry allows students to gain proficiency in explaining differences between historic and present day objects and reconstructing the past through primary sources.

Each inquiry includes historical fiction and writing connections to be completed before and/or after the visit.  $350 + travel for a 45 – 60 minute session; $700 for a day + travel.

Settling Your Town
Grades 4 & 5
Using early maps from your town, paintings, and artifacts, students investigate how early settlers supplied their basic needs of food, shelter, and clothing.  Read more...




School Days
Grades 3 – 5
Using artifacts students will compare schooling during the days of one-room school to schools today. Using maps, they will examine the school districts in their own towns and identify questions to explore further. A brief one-room school lesson can be substituted for the artifact activity. Read more...


Diary of a Little Girl
Grades 3 - 5
Students use the 1911 diary of Alice Bushnell to explore children's daily life in Vermont. Artifacts bring the diary to life and elicit comparisons between then and now. Read more...








Coming to America
Grades 3 – 5
Students unpack an immigrant’s trunk and learn about packing and traveling to America from the perspective of an immigrant child.

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Civil War in your Community
Grades 6 - 8
This inquiry lab launches a local soldier research project for your students.  Students will be introduced to the Vermont in the Civil War website and supported as they begin to investigate a local soldier. Cemetery Visit and Follow-up sessions available. Read more...

INTERESTED?

Email Sarah Rooker at: info@flowofhistory.org  
  • We can tailor inquiry labs to meet your needs--one classroom, multiple classrooms; one visit, multiple visits.
  • We can treat a classroom visit as embedded professional development and meet with you or your team after school to review and plan continued lessons.