In this guest post, teacher Maria Adamson shares techniques for drawing students into the messiness of history, and giving them practice asking critically minded questions of the sources they encounter. Using this approach, she developed two new teaching activities focusing on identification papers of several Chinese people who were "on exhibit" in an ethnographic display in Philadelphia in 1899.
Of the nearly 100 documents digitized during our annual teaching institute in Washington, DC, two really stand for learning about Chinese immigration.
This summer we digitized several fascinating documents related to the Chinese Exclusion Act.
Our sessions cover the Bill of Rights, the amendment process, civics, and teaching NHD and C3 with primary sources.
Students can explore the impact of the Chinese Exclusion Act, and the personal stories of those it touched, through these new learning tools.
Educators came to research our holdings to find and digitize documents for lessons and activities on Chinese immigration.
We are now accepting applications for Primarily Teaching—our summer institute for educators on using historical documents in the classroom. Learn more and apply online. Summer 2015 workshops will be held at our locations in: Atlanta (Morrow, GA) June 22–26 Chicago, June 22–26 Seattle, July 6–10 Washington, DC, July 6–10 West Branch, IA, July 20–24 All workshops will have a national theme—Exploration, … Continue reading Open Registration for Summer Professional Development
In celebration, the National Archives has teamed up with other federal agencies and cultural institutions to provide digital content, including resources for teachers. Along with the Library of Congress, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, we pay tribute "to the generations of Jewish … Continue reading May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month and Jewish American Heritage Month