Founding Generations Founding principles
During the colonial, Revolutionary, and early national periods the Mid-Atlantic was characterized by religious and ethnic diversity, as well as complicated attitudes and practices in relation to religion, race and slavery. The men and women who shaped this era are a refleciton of the Ethnic diversity and complicated attitudes that continue to shape the United States today.
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Updated syllabus for primary course completion in August
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Prior to the trip all participants will read & study numerous text. Each text will will be connected to a specific assignment. Assignments are designed to: 1) model best pedagogical practices, 2) help participants learn the content & 3) be transferable to the Level I & Level II Curriculum. Details for all assignments are available on the Flipped Classroom: Readings & Assignments icon below:
This seminar will explore the founding generations and founding principles of the United States as seen through the lenses of religion, ethnicity, and slavery in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States. The Field Study will take place in Virginia, Washington D.C. and Philadelphia. During the colonial, Revolutionary, and early national periods the Mid-Atlantic was characterized by religious and ethnic diversity, as well as complicated attitudes and practices in relation to religion, race and slavery.
Field Study participants will visit locations significant in the evolution of the new nation, including museums, battlefields, and colonial sites created to commemorate important events and individuals. This course is designed for teachers of United States History and is intended for Jr. High School and 5th grade Elementary teachers who include the teaching of Colonial America, the Revolution and Constitutional Principles in their social studies curriculum. Teachers will study significant issues, events, leaders, principles and movements in this region in the colonial, Revolutionary, and early national eras.
The tour will start at the Colonial Triangle in Virginia, e.g. Jamestown, Williamsburg and Yorktown. Participants will study early English agricultural settlement of the South, including the beginnings of the North American slave trade. In Williamsburg they will study the formation of colonial governments and in Yorktown they will study this key campaign of the Revolutionary War. Participants will then study the lives and ideals of Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and George Washington at their respective homes, Monticello, Montpelier, and Mount Vernon. In Washington D.C., participants will visit the National Archives and have time to visit the National Mall. Lastly participants will travel to Philadelphia where they will visit Independence Hall, the National Constitution Center, and the Museum of the American Revolution as well as important sites in the diverse religious history of this region. Participation in the field study will require rigorous physical activity.
MidAtlantic Founding Principles, Founding Generation:
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