EIU TPS Summer Institutes 2013
Sense of Place:
Exploring Rich and Diverse Histories
through a Look at Southern Illinois
and Primary Sources
Theme/Background ~ Overview ~ Schedule ~
Join TPS EIU as we research, explore and collaborate to create primary source based learning activities to be implemented and evaluated during the 2013-2014 school year. We focus on enhancing content knowledge, identifying best instructional practices and lesson design with an emphasis on resources from the Library of Congress.
Sense of Place: Exploring Rich and Diverse Histories through a Look at Southern Illinois and Primary Sources
The history and legends of the south east area of Illinois are diverse and colorful and offer something relative to every academic discipline.
Look at some of these highlights and consider the content areas in which they apply. Learning about these people, places and events cross multiple disciplines and grade levels, while showcasing the connection between the past and today. The Library of Congress offers digitized versions of primary sources in a variety of formats related to these topics. Primary sources engage learners and encourage student inquiry.
Trade and transportation on the Ohio River were important to the development of the entire state. Communities that thrived in those days still offer a glimpse into life at a time of steamboats and ferries.
Walk into Cave-in-Rock and imagine this riverbank land-form used by villains intent on robbing those who passed or offering shelter to explorers or soldiers during the Civil War.
Visit a museum the showcases the most important fluorite deposits in the United States.
Imagine what it was like in 1838 when more than 15,000 Cherokee Indians were forced to travel the Trail of Tears.
Fort Massac State Park was erected by the French in 1757 and was destroyed during battles and by the New Madrid earthquake in the early 1800s. It was used during the War of 1812 and Civil War.
A visit to Metropolis isn’t complete without learning about the history of Superman and the successful comic books. Everyone must pose for a picture beneath the giant statue of the Man in Steel!
Garden of the Gods is home to amazing sandstone rock formations. Camel Rock, the most popular, represents Illinois on the US Mint’s “America the Beautiful” quarters program. Centuries of freezing, thawing, wind and rain have created amazing natural land-forms.
At loc.gov we can find floor plans for the Old Shawneetown Bank, the first state bank in Illinois which still stands in the site that is now OLD Shawneetown after the town was moved due to the 1937 flood. Black and white families lived in refugee tents and rebuilt businesses and homes.
Coal mining was an important part of the economy. Struggles between Union and Non-Union miners turned violent in 1922, with an event known as the Herrin Massacre or Herrin Riot resulting in deaths on both sides. The depression later impacted these communities, resulting in shanty-towns.
A broad topic. Many sources focus on the city of Chicago when studying the state of Illinois. However, Illinois is a large, diverse state of geographical areas, communities and economies. The people, places and events of Illinois’ past are important to study to gain an understanding of our communities today. You choose how our theme fits into your curriculum!
Drawing upon classroom applications of "Sense of Place”, you will learn from content experts and conduct research with peers. Using best practices in teaching with primary sources, we design tools to engage learners with the hands-on analysis of photos, audio, documents, letters, artifacts and more. Each participant will create and implement a primary source based activity to deepen knowledge and promote inquiry in the classroom.
At various sites we have a unique chance to view primary source exhibits, meet content experts and envision a learning activity that engages learners and showcases the impact of an individual. Research at www.loc.gov uncovers relative primary sources in a variety of formats to deepen content knowledge.
NEW FORMAT! Every applicant must choose one (A) Research Session and at least one (B) Activity Development Session. Those new to TPS EIU must select one (C) LOC.GOV and TPS Orientation. Past attendees are welcome to attend an orientation.
RESEARCH SESSIONS: Travel to sites in southeast Illinois to experience primary sources, visit sites and learn from content area experts. Transportation from EIU and back, accommodations and meals provided. Depart early morning on day one and return at 7 PM or later on day two.
Session #1 June 13th and 14th (Th & F)
Session #2 June 25th and 26th (T & W)
Session #3 July 15th and 16th (M & T)
Session #4 July 22nd & 23rd (M & T)
ACTIVITY DEVELOPMENT DAYS: Time on the EIU campus to develop activities with support of the TPS EIU team and peers. Participants actively research a chosen topic, select appropriate primary sources and thoughtfully develop a learning experience for classroom use. Everyone is required to attend a minimum of one day, from 8 AM – 3 PM.
Development Day #1 June 19th (W)
Development Day #2 June 28th (F)
Development Day #3 July 3rd (W)
Development Day #4 July 18th (Th)
Development Day #5 July 24th (W)
ORIENTATION: A comprehensive look at the Library of Congress website, including updates and new resources! This session includes discussion about the value of primary sources, best practices for teaching with primary sources and how primary sources fit into curriculum, diverse disciplines, varying ability levels and the common core standards.
Orientation #1 June 18th (T)
Orientation #2 July 2nd (T)
(A) Research Session – two days of site visits and presentations by experts (overnight travel required)
(B) Activity Development Day - full-day (8 – 3) activity development session on the EIU campus
(C) Library of Congress website and Teaching with Primary Sources Orientation – mandatory for those new to TPS EIU and open to those who want a “refresher”.
Complete all requirements and adhere to assigned schedules.
Design and submit an exemplary learning activity with TPS EIU support.
After lesson implementation, submit a professional assessment and reflection.
Increased awareness and guidance to explore and actively research the Library of Congress website and educational resources.
Access to educational sites and contextual information from experts to support content knowledge and the effective use of primary sources.
Professional discussion, networking and collaboration with peers.
Deeper understanding of best practices for teaching with primary sources and a self-designed learning activity to implement in the coming school year.
Institute participants completing all requirements receive a $300 stipend in recognition of time and effort.
Please note - Space is limited. Alumni of TPS EIU professional development activities may receive preferential consideration.
Applications will only be accepted through Tuesday, May 28, 2013. Submit applications via:
Email to firstname.lastname@example.org,
Fax to 217-581-2518 or
Mail to Dr. Cindy Rich, EIU, 600 Lincoln Avenue, Charleston, IL 61920
For consideration, please provide all of the following information:
NEW FORMAT! Please read all information carefully!
2. Email Address
3. School Name and Address
4. Teaching Assignment for 2013-2014 School Year
5. Previous TPS EIU experience or collaboration.
6. Briefly explain why our theme "Sense of Place: Exploring Rich and Diverse Histories through a Look at Southern Illinois and Primary Sources" appeals to you.
7. Relative to our theme, identify one classroom topic that you feel could be enhanced by a primary source based learning activity. (You are not committed to this activity.)
8. Research Session #___ (1st choice) #___ (2nd choice, okay to leave blank)
9. Activity Development Day(s)
10. Orientation Day (if not applicable, answer NA)
11. If you are applying with peers, please indicate their names as space is very limited.
** Space is limited.
** TPS EIU Summer Institutes require a great deal of walking and are physically demanding. Please consider this before applying.
** This is a professional development activity and only accepted participants may attend.
** Applicants will be contacted May 30 or sooner regarding acceptance.
Contact Dr. Cindy Rich at email@example.com or 217-581-7857 for additional information.
Teaching with Primary Sources
Eastern Illinois University
600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920
Director: Cindy Rich, Ph.D.
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- ABC Photo Analysis
- Book Analysis
- Cartoon Analysis
- Letter Analysis
- Map Analysis
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- More You Look Photo Analysis
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- Motion Picture Analysis
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- Poem Analysis
- Poster Analysis
- Put Yourself in the Picture Photo Analysis
- Sheet Music Analysis
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- Sound Recording Analysis
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- Storyboard Sheet
- Written Document Analysis
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