Having knowledge of Social Studies is a necessary life skill. Knowing what’s going on in your state, country and your community is important. Knowing its history; past and present is not only relevant, but also necessary in today’s diverse society.
Colonial Williamsburg Foundation has been meeting and providing academic content standards for many years. It is an Emmy Award-winning series of live, interactive television broadcasts, teacher guides, and online activities. It is synonymous with history, character interpretation, Electronic Field trips, great costumes and innovative teaching strategies. Kids can take a trip back in time through EFT’s (Electronic Field Trips), to discover The Bill of Rights, and how individual freedoms have been protected. Students can also explore the War of 1812, and how Americans were once again plunged into war with Great Britain.
CTN has offered this rich resource to teachers for many years and it is because of this relationship that CTN was able to receive a grant from the Foundation for a special all day Professional Development workshop.
On November 2, 2013 Alicia Hainsworth, Coordinator of Teacher Development and Valerie Homes from Colonial Williamsburg Foundation hosted, entertained and educated Social Studies teachers at Holy Family, Flushing Queens in an all day hands on workshop event. This day started early in the morning with breakfast. Teachers were grouped in two and looked at a Will written in 1769. Teachers were taught how to read this historic document through a timeline, questions were asked and analyzed which brought history to life. There was a character interpretation of Ann Ashby, an African American women who received her freedom in a unique way…She got in character and interactively explained how she gained her freedom and how she lived her day-to-day life. (See her photos below.)
After lunch, biographies were highlighted and participants examined the daily lives of 18th century Virginians, from gentry to the middling sort to slaves using a variety of primary sources and artifacts.
The day ended with a look at the Women of the Revolution; Bravery. Loyalty. Sacrifice. Through Colonial Williamsburg’s Electronic Field Trip, Women of the Revolution explored the excitement, peril, and individual stories of courageous women, who proved their mettle in America’s war for independence.
Teachers were given Artifacts Kits to take back to their classrooms, and a yearly subscription to the 2013-2014 Electronic Field Trip Series with a unique registration. This service is available for teachers this year, and there are still six live events you can stream on line!
Ms. Homes from The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, portraying a character interpretation of Ann Ashby, a free black woman who receives her freedom in a unique way, in front of 30 diocesan Social Studies teachers at Holy Family School in Flushing, Queens — 11/2/13
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