The AHA is working with American Profile magazine, a Sunday newspaper supplement, to publish a cover feature on U.S. history for Independence Day 2012. It will be a history quiz of twenty-five multiple-choice questions and answers.
You are invited to suggest clear, interesting questions that will reflect the rigorous standards of our organization to the public. Our goal is to offer to a broad audience something that is fun and that might enhance an appreciation for history and historical thinking in public culture.
Our roundup this week includes a new Teaching U.S. History blog, thoughts on the academic job market, and a TED talk on historic preservation. We also link to a post on the creation of the Historical Advisory Committee in 1957, decades of photographs available in the Flickr Commons, and combining modern photos with historic ones to gain a new perspective.
We begin this week with some extensive coverage of the U.S. History report from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). Both Jim Grossman and Lee White (executive directors of the AHA and the NCH, respectively) dissect the results and offer their thoughts. We also link to other articles with reactions from historians. Then, read articles on the winner of the 2011 Pritzker Military Library Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing, the 2011 National Book Festival, Art History PhDs, Kissinger papers, and 11 endangered historic places.
We begin this week with the question “How would you organize a high school U.S. history survey course?” This was asked by the NHC and NHEC at a recent panel discussion. Then, segue into a panel discussion of piracy at the recent annual meeting of the Association of American University Presses , check out what’s new online from the National Library of Medicine and EDSITEment, and learn about recently acquired Constitutional Convention documents. Finally, go behind-the-scenes to see a few of the 2.5 million historic artifacts housed at the National Park Service’s Museum Resource Center.
James A. Percoco, AHA award recipient and U.S. history teacher at West Springfield High School in Virginia, has been inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony for the five honorees selected for 2011 will be held on June 17, 2011, in Emporia, Kansas, the location of the Hall of Fame.
Percoco received the Association’s James Harvey Robinson Prize for 2000 for his book, A Passion for the Past: Creative Teaching of U.S. History. In the citation, the award committee described it as a “splendid book” that “shows how educators can use a variety of resources .
C-SPAN for many years has been widely understood by social studies teachers around the country as a beneficial teaching tool, a way to get students involved and understanding what actually occurs in government. C-SPAN Classroom just builds on this idea by creating a web site that has a goal of educating and assisting in student education. This is a site that provides teachers an avenue to integrate video of the federal government directly into the classroom, and in addition provides many teaching resources including: tutorials, Constitutional Clips, Congressional Chronicle, and video search. All of these services are provided for free, though some require teachers to register in order to gain access.
Which of the AHA’s pamphlets, Perspectives on History articles, web pages, and blog posts do you use in the classroom? Which AHA resources are your favorite or engage your students to most? We want to hear your success stories and other experiences you’ve had with AHA resources.
Do you have your students read pamphlets from our New Essays on American Constitutional History, Women’s and Gender History in Global Perspective, Teaching Diversity, or other series?
Perspectives on History
When you open the pages of Perspectives on History, do you turn to Masters at the Movies, look for thoughts from high school teachers, find teaching strategies, or pull out articles on historical topics?
Looking for classroom resources and ideas for teaching the American Civil War? In anticipation of the Civil War’s 150th anniversary, Teachinghistory.org’s History Education News (a bi-annual publication that provides K-12 educators with classroom resources, tools, and teaching methods) is exploring the causes, events and impact of this defining moment in American history. In this latest issue you will find: