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Primary Sources Institute Sheds Light on California’s Place in American History

Primary Sources Institute Sheds Light on California’s Place in American History Cotsen teachers deepen their understanding of California history at primary sources institute presented jointly by the Huntington Library and the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West The Cotsen Foundation for the ART of TEACHING was once again a proud sponsor of California’s Place […]

Demonstration Lessons By Cotsen Alumni Promote Teaching with Primary Sources

Demonstration Lessons By Cotsen Alumni Promote Teaching with Primary Sources

On Feb. 12, the Cotsen Foundation for the ART of TEACHING and UCLA Lab School had the pleasure of co-hosting members of the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) Consortium at UCLA Lab School for a dynamic day of demonstration lessons intended to highlight the use of primary sources in high-quality instruction in […]

Whittier City Cotsen Alumni Share Inquiry Process with Parents

Earlier this year, we heard from Cotsen alumni Raul Almada (’11) and Chris Quirarte (’13), who made a presentation to nearly 50 Whittier City School District parents on using inquiry strategies with their children at home. Their presentation included primary source sets related to the evictions of long-time residents of Chavez Ravine in preparation for […]

Professional Development Workshop

Forge of Innovation: The Springfield Armory & the Genesis of American Industry NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES: LANDMARKS OF AMERICAN HISTORY & CULTURE WORKSHOPS Program Description Investigate how an agricultural backwater rose to become the world’s leading industrial power. Examine the long and richly documented history of economic and technical innovation in the Connecticut River Valley, […]

Beyond the Bubble: A History Assessment Site from Stanford

Visit Stanford’s Beyond the Bubble website. This site offers samples of photos, diaries, letters, news articles and other documents with assessment questions for grades 6-12. While the content is focused on upper grades, the documents themselves and the kind and level of the questions may provide some guidance for developing similarly structured assessments for upper grade elementary students.

Thinking Like a Historian

Thinking Like a Historian By Sam Wineburg* Reposted from the Library of Congress TPS Journal. Click here to visit the original posting. Historical Thinking: Memorizing Facts and Stuff? When I recently asked Kevin, a sixteen-year-old high school junior, what he needed to do well in history class, he had little doubt: “A good memory.” “Anything […]

California’s Place in American History

Cotsen Foundation for the ART of TEACHING, The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, and the Huntington-USC Institute on California & the West are proud to present California’s Place in American History, a nine-day institute that will include scholarly presentations, documents and images, sample lessons, and discussions on using primary sources in the classroom. Open to […]

Land Grant Ranch, San Jose De Buenos Ayres, 1887-1889

Land Grant Ranch, San Jose De Buenos Ayres, 1887-1889

Lesson: Land Grant Ranch, San Jose De Buenos Ayres, 1887-1889 note: this lesson is part of a Unit called “Los Californios: California’s Spanish, Native American, and African Heritage” Creator: Raul Alarcon, UCLA Lab School Grade Level Recommendation: 4 To illustrate the challenges the early land-holding families of California (the Californios) faced with the arrival of Anglo-American settlers, […]

Interactive Maps for History and Social Studies Lessons

Visit the United States Army Combined Arms Center website for a selection of interactive maps that visualize the chronology of battles and key events within various wars. The approach and structure of these maps might serve as models for possible lessons or assignments in the appropriate standards. Below are links to some of the maps […]

Library of Congress 2013 Summer Teacher Institute

Attention current and alumni Cotsen participants: Applications are now available for the Library of Congress Summer Teacher Institute in Washington, D.C. During this five-day institute, participants will have the opportunity to work with Library of Congress education specialists to learn best practices for using primary sources in the K-12 classroom. The application period for the […]