2008-09 Middle School Schedule



Orientation, 3:30 – 6:00 p.m.
  • Discuss project requirements, website, and web modules. Teachers will receive project books and complete evaluation materials


July 14-25: Summer Institute, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Full-Year and Summer-Only Cohorts will participate in all activities

  • July 14:
    • “What is History?” with George Mason University Professor T. Mills Kelly (All Teachers)
    • “Introduction,” with Georgetown University Professor Adam Rothman
  • July 15:
    • “Historical Thinking Skills,” with GMU Professor T. Mills Kelly (All Teachers)
    • “Race in America,” with GMU Professor Wendi Manuel-Scott
  • July 16:
    • Mount Vernon Site Visit
    • “Causes and Consequences of the American Revolution,” with Adam Rothman
    • Post your reflection on the forum based on the following question:
      What’s wrong with kings?

  • July 17:
    • “Crafting the Constitution” with Adam Rothman
    • “Locating and Analyzing Online Primary Sources,” with GMU Professor Sharon Leon (All Teachers)
  • July 18:
    • “From Federalism to Democracy,” with Adam Rothman
    • “The Rise of American Nationalism,” with Adam Rothman
  • July 20:
    • Post your reflection based on the following question:
      Why is it important for middle-school students to study U.S. history, and what aspects of U.S. history are most important for them to learn?
  • July 21:
    • D.C. National Archives and Records Administration Site Visit (All Teachers)
    • “Slavery,” with Adam Rothman
    • Post your reflection on the forum based on the following question:
      What did Rip Van Winkle miss while he was asleep?

  • July 22:
    • “Antebellum Reform,” with Johns Hopkins University Professor Ron Walters
    • “The Jacksonian Era: Nullification, the Bank War, and Indian Removal,” with Adam Rothman
  • July 23:
    • Teacher Research
    • “Things Fall Apart,” with Adam Rothman
  • July 24:
    • “Crisis of the Union,” with Georgetown University Professor Chandra Manning
    • “The Civil War,” with GMU Professor Christopher Hamner
  • July 25:
    • “The Overthrow of Slavery,” with Adam Rothman
    • “Reconstructing the Nation,” with Adam Rothman
  • July 27
  • July 29
    • Lesson Plan Topic Due


August 8: Lesson Plan Workshops, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Lesson Plan Workshops; meet individually with Linda Spoales, Adam Rothman, and Kelly Schrum to discuss Final Projects
  • Primary Source and brief description of each activity for Primary Source Activities due


September/October: Primary Source Activities will be taught and observed
September 10: Make-Up Lesson Plan Workshop, 4:00-6:00 p.m.


If not done in September, teach and write about primary source activities
October 3: Post reflection for Revolutionary Mothers: Women in the Struggle for America’s Independence and respond to other’s posts
October 7: Book Discussion, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
October 20: Lesson Plan Outline and Primary Sources for Final Project Due


November 3: Primary Source Activity Case Study Due
November 19: Lesson Plan Drafts Due


Project Coordinator and Lead Historian will provide feedback on Lesson Plan drafts



Continue working on Lesson Plans


March 13: Post reflection for Families and Freedom: A Documentary History of African-American Kinship in the Civil War Era and respond to other’s posts
March 14: National Portrait Gallery Site Visit, 8:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
March 18: Book Discussion, 4:00-6:00


April 3: Final Draft of Lesson Plan Due
April 15: Annual Keynote Lecture, “Revolutionary Backlash: Women and Politics in the Early American Republic,” 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Post reflection on Keynote and respond to other’s posts
April 29: Closing Reception and Presentation of Lesson Plans, 3:00-6:00 p.m.