K-8 Social Studies

Using Historic Maps to Develop Geographic Awareness

Explore how you can use primary sources from the Library of Congress to address common core standards in English/language arts and literacy in history/social studies, science, and technical subjects.

Explore a fascinating aspect of Tennessee history through the analysis of two Utopian societies in Tennessee, the nineteenth-century community in Rugby, Tennessee and the (presently active) alternative community at "The Farm" in Middle Tennessee. In the process, learn about the diverse primary sources available at the Tennessee State Library and Archives (TSLA).

Participants will have the opportunity to hear a Holocaust survivor or U.S. Army liberator tell their story in person and be available for questions and answers. Teachers will practice, participate in, and develop instructional activities around the survivor testimony connected to the Core Curriculum Standards. Additionally, participants will receive links to include a timeline, glossary, suggested web sites, and lesson activities.

Major Lewis Maney and his wife Adeline entertained both Union and Confederate officers at Oaklands, their 1500-acre Tennessee plantation, during the Civil War. The family maintained a neutral position throughout the war, even after Oaklands was the site of a fierce battle in 1862. This family’s Civil War experience will be used to demonstrate the importance of maintaining a neutral role in a disagreement while listening to opposing viewpoints. The presenter will discuss strategies for teaching students how to analyze arguments and write persuasive paragraphs.

Teachers will experience an interactive presentation detailing the rationale for teaching about the Holocaust and other genocides in connection with TN State and National Standards. Discussion regarding best practice in Holocaust instruction and appropriate methodological considerations will be the focal point of this workshop.


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