Participant's Guide to the
Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute
2014

 
Introduction
Before the Institute
During the Institute
  Schedules
  Lodging and Dining
  Materials
  Application Sessions
  Evaluations
  Final Project
After the Institute
FAQs
Contact Information


 


End of the Week Project

Particpants in courtroom

Elementary School Program

During opening night orientation, each teacher is given a biography of a person who lived in Williamsburg around the time of the American Revolution. During the week they are asked to learn more about their assigned individuals. As a summary activity for the week, we ask each teacher to write two journal entries from their assigned individual’s point of view: one describing their daily life, and another expressing their reactions to an eighteenth-century event. These journal entries should reflect on how the person of the past would have felt, what they would have thought, and how they may have dealt with the event. The entire group’s journal entries are then collected and placed in a binder, the contents of which will be scanned and emailed to them.

Middle School Program

During opening night orientation, each teacher takes The Idea of America Value Tensions quiz and are given a biography of a person who lived in Williamsburg around the time of the American Revolution. During the week, they are asked to learn more about their assigned individuals. As a summary activity for the week, we ask each teacher to write a one-page journal entry in they you explore how the value tensions affected the life of their assigned person, including whether they think the person was a patriot, a loyalist, or undecided and why. The entire group’s journal entries are then collected and placed in a binder, the content of which will be scanned and emailed to them. The teachers may find that their experiences during the week have changed their views of the Value Tensions.

High School Program

As a summary activity for the week, we ask all participants to conduct an oral history interview and present their findings to the group. We will have a number of local residents talk to you about their experiences during the Vietnam era. As a reference point, we are using the model of StoryCorps, the independent, non-profit organization that promotes oral history. You may gather ideas for crafting your interview questions by visiting the StoryCorps Question Generator.

 

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