Rowan University provides a regional teacher preparation program for undergraduate students, as well as thriving graduate programs in education. Our workshop series, "Lesson Designs for Teaching with Primary Sources" allowed teachers from our region to interact on a challenging “big question” in lesson design -- that of essential lesson structures needed to teach with and about primary sources in the social studies and humanities. Participants discussed and created lesson frameworks which suit many different types of teaching styles, and these will be available to all next year via the project’s website.
Local educators learned how to design and critique new lesson structures which were reusable lessons for teaching with primary sources in the classroom at many grade levels and for many purposes. Specifically, the teachers were asked to identify conversations in the classroom and lesson frameworks which could surround those conversations, so that their parts could interchangeable and work with multiple types of resources. Primary source resources in the Library of Congress collection include photos, letters, music, and many more items from all time periods. These lessons were constructed to be multi- and interdisciplinary, and easy to teach with limited subject knowledge on either the students' or the teachers' parts. Inquiry designs and information literacy skills were emphasized.
Extensive lesson plans created by NJ teachers for sharing. Easily modified for grade level. Lesson structures and questions can also be used with interchangeable content (ie, different time periods or different images).
Materials to help train other teachers and provide professional development on use of primary sources to promote thinking, questioning, and historical content knowledge.