Today’s post comes from Megan Nobriga, intern in our Education and Public Programs division.
We’re looking for DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia educators to field test a new one-hour document-based learning lab that focuses on aspects of the Civil War.
It was designed for high school students and takes place at the Boeing Learning Center at the National Archives Museum in Washington, DC.
In the new learning program, “The Civil War: Commemorate or Celebrate?,” students are presented with the task of making a recommendation to Congress on the creation of a new holiday to remember the Civil War. Students will help decide if this holiday should be celebratory or commemorative in nature.
The lab features primary source documents that focus on different aspects of the Civil War. Students are organized into small groups to analyze different documents based on these aspects:
- Technology and Tactics,
- Soldiers, and
- African Americans.
Each student will analyze one document and decide whether to celebrate or commemorate the war. The students will discuss and debate their documents and decisions in their groups.
After, a large group discussion and debate will focus on how the different aspects of the Civil War support either a commemoration or a celebration.
Let us know if you’re interested in bringing your students to help field test this program! We are looking for groups that can help provide feedback as we develop this program.
Leave a comment below or contact Amber Kraft (firstname.lastname@example.org 202-357-7496) or Megan Nobriga (email@example.com) to reserve a time and date in February for your students to come and try out our new learning lab program!
The Boeing Learning Center is made possible in part by the Foundation for the National Archives through the support of The Boeing Company and the William Randolph Hearst Foundation.