Rather than taking the usual approach of learning history from only the perspective of the elite political leaders, students consider the opportunities, hardships, aspirations, and questions facing people across society in the United States in its earliest years—from 1783-1830.
New Directions in Choices’ U.S. History Series
The goals of the program are to provide:
- An introduction to the Choices multiyear expansion of its U.S. History series that will align with a typical U.S. history scope and sequence;
- An examination of three Choices U.S. History units, The American Revolution: Experiences of Rebellion, Westward Expansion: A New History, and A New Nation, each of which strives to tell a responsible and thorough account of a moment in U.S. history;
- Ideas on pedagogical approaches to teaching about contested historical turning points from multiple perspectives; and
- Practical ways to implement Choices materials in diverse classroom settings.
This is a hands-on, interactive program. Participants will be asked to engage in activities, contribute to discussions, and lead small group presentations. There will be two content presentations by scholars:
Dr. Linford Fisher will provide an introduction to his innovative, ground-breaking Database of Indigenous Slavery in America.
Françoise Hamlin will speak on a topic to be determined.
Prerequisite: Participants are asked to read the student text of the American Revolution unit and Westward Expansion unit before attending. A pdf copy of each unit will be emailed upon registration.
The following three units: American Revolution: Experiences of Rebellion, Westward Expansion: A New History, and A New Nation (forthcoming), lunch each day, parking, and a certificate of attendance.
U.S. History teachers and department chairs are the main audiences for this program. Materials are appropriate for and can be adapted to a high school or introductory college-level audience. Humanities teachers often use our materials and are encouraged to attend.