Our historical topic for the first two classes was Jane Addams: Pacifist. We modeled the historical inquiry process, SCIM-C to collaboratively answer the guiding historical question: How did public officials, the media and different sections of the American public react and respond to Jane Addams' beliefs and activities regarding the great war? For the third class, our historical topic was Nellie Bly and the guiding historical question was: Who was Nellie Bly and what made her famous? How can she serve as our window to the changing world of the 1890s?
Underlying the primary source content from the Library of Congress and the SCIM-C inquiry process were the Web 2.0 networking tools for reflection (Blackboard Discussion Board), audio chat (Blackboard Collaborate) and visual brainstorming (Stixy). These tools enhanced our ability to collaborate on even the final phase of corroboration and interpretation which is generally completed by historians in isolation.
After completing all five phases of SCIM-C, participants searched the Library of Congress for primary sources for other topics related to the National History Day 2012 or 2013 Theme. They then developed a Primary Source Set for a National History Day 2012 or 2013 topic that could be used with the SCIM-C process to introduce historical inquiry to secondary students in grades 6-12. Reflective comments from participants regarding pedagogy indicate that this model would provide secondary students with the scaffolding needed to begin their own journey for creating a National History Day Project. They would learn to ask significant questions. They would also learn how to find primary sources at the Library of Congress and analyze those sources using the SCIM-C phases.
This class continues to be a favorite among our TPS local and regional participants. The depth of inquiry and the structured approach is welcomed by classroom teachers and administrators alike. The additional feedback participants received from the SCIM-C authors/experts, Dr. David Hicks and Dr. John Lee along with the Library of Congress research expertise of Dr. Ann Canning and Gay Thistle was appreciated by all.
Course Syllabus 2012 NHD Theme: Reaction, Revolution, and Reform
Jane Addams Primary Source Set
Course Syllabus 2013 NHD Theme: Turning Points In History
Nellie Bly Primary Source Set
Thematic Primary Source Sets Developed by Participants:
Fall 2011 Class
Spring 2012 Class
Fall 2012 Class
Lesson Plans Developed by Participants:
Dan Silva (Fall 2011 Class)
Lesson Plan and Reflections: George Washington Crossing the Delaware
Blank Analysis Worksheets
Sample Student Work
Thematic Primary Source Set
Joyce Mason (Spring 2012 Class)
Lesson Plan: Reaction to Increased Immigration, the Revolutions in Europe and the Legislative Reforms of the United States in the early 1900’s
Thematic Primary Source Set
Karen Rosnick (Fall 2012 Class)
Lesson Plan: Building the Vision: Photographic Impact on the Development of an Environmental Conservation Movement
NATIONAL HISTORY DAY (NHD) CORRELATIONS TO THE COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS FOR LITERACY IN HISTORY/SOCIAL STUDIES, SCIENCE, AND THE TECHNICAL SUBJECTS
~Created by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, the Wisconsin Historical Society, and the Colorado Department of Education, with information and feedback from National History Day, Wisconsin NHD, and Colorado NHD.