Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum Announces
Teaching Workshops to Help Educators Bring History to Life
Complimentary Workshops to Focus on Using Digitized Information
and Teaching Historical Fiction Across the Curriculum
SPRINGFIELD, IL., - The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
announced today that is offering four complimentary one day workshops
in June and August focused on incorporating digital resources into
the classroom and using history to teach across the curriculum.
Each workshop will include two sessions, the first is the Library
of Congress "An Adventure of the American Mind" project to instruct
teachers how to incorporate digitized information into their curriculum
and the second will be led by Peoria's renowned storyteller Brian
"Fox" Ellis, who will demonstrate how to teach historical fiction
and relate it to state standards in English, history, science, geography
and even math skills.
"Opening the doors for teachers to learn creative ways to teach history
will help to combat historical illiteracy among American schoolchildren,"
said ALPLM Executive Director Richard Norton Smith. "As educators
come together in the workshops they can create and generate more ideas
on how to make history come alive in their own classroom."
The first session of the workshop is provided by An Adventure of the
American Mind through Eastern Illinois University. An Adventure of
the American Mind is a national project designed to assist classroom
teachers in accessing, using and producing curriculum incorporating
the Internet and the digitized primary source materials from the collections
of the Library of Congress. Workshop attendees will be introduced
to the components of the Library of Congress website with a focus
on resources that pertain to Abraham Lincoln.
The second session, led by Peoria's renowned storyteller Brian "Fox"
Ellis, is an interdisciplinary workshop where educators will learn
the nuts and bolts of effective historical research with an emphasis
on the life of Lincoln. Participants will learn to conduct oral history
interviews and how to turn rough notes into tell-able stories. They
will also have the opportunity to learn how to turn internet research,
library research, old newspaper articles, obituaries and diaries into
dynamic performance material with creative writing concepts to link
Lincoln with English, history, science, geography and math skills.
Educators will also learn the storytelling skills needed to be a bridge,
to help students connect with history in a more meaningful way.
The workshops will run on June 28th or 29th or August 9th or 10th
from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and will be open to 50 teachers a day.
Teachers who complete the workshop are eligible for six continuing
professional development units (CPDUs). Teachers interested in attending
the workshop should contact Dee Dee Hall at DeeDee_Hall@ihpa.state.il.us
or Carol Manning at Carol_Manning@ihpa.state.il.us
The registration deadline is June 10th.