Social Studies Staff Development
March 16, 2004

Presenter:
Jacquelyn Whiting
Staples High School
70 North Avenue
Westport, CT 06880
203-341-2416
Jackie_Whiting@westport.k12.ct.us

http://jackiewhiting.net

PART 1:
Integrating Primary Documents, CAPT and Literature into the Social Studies: Focus on 19th Century Native Americans
8:00-10:00

1. Background Reading: Ronald Takaki, A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America (Boston: Back Bay Books, 1993) pp. 228-238. Excerpt from Chapter 9, The "Indian Question:" From Reservation to Reorganization.

2. Post-Reading Reflection: While reading students note-take about major players/characters, events, and conflicts. They should should characterize the major players and assess the motives and tactics of the conflict participants. When they are finished reading they should write for about ten minutes asking questions, contemplating answers to their questions, make connections with the reading and ultimately challenging the text.

3. Group Discussion: Working in groups of four, students should share their reflections on the reading with the group. Small groups give students the opportunity to test their ideas before turning to the whole group. After ten or fifteen minutes with their small groups, reconvene as a whole class to hear each other's interpretations of the text. Preferably students will sit in a circle facing each other and monitor the discussion themselves by each speaker calling on the next being sure to call on students who have not yet contributed.

4. Primary Documents: John Collier and the Indian New Deal: Collier Promises a Better Policy

5. Short Stories: Stories by Sherman Alexie: A Drug Called Tradition, Indian Education from Lone Ranger and Tonto Fist Fight in Heaven

6. CAPT: Native Americans as Mascots

7. Essay Development: Possibilities for comparison with the 19th Century African American experience

APPLICATIONS:
Work in groups to brainstorm with colleagues applications of the above strategies to individual teacher and curricular needs.
10:15-11:45

PART 2:
Web Authoring: Student Research and Virtual Portfolios
12:15-1:30

1. Hyper Nukes and Virtual Vietnam

2. Civil Rights Movement (web authoring in process)

3. Portfolios: The Process (includes selected examples); see all of last year's Virtual Portfolios

APPLICATIONS:
Work in groups to brainstorm with colleagues applications of the above strategies to individual teacher and curricular needs.
1:30-2:30