Teaching Early America in High School: The Old Chestnuts, a panel discussion at the 2007 Joint Conference of the Society of Early Americanists and the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture
At the Society of Early Americanists Conference in 2005, Zabelle Stodola organized a session called Teaching Early American Studies in High School. Among those attending the session were nine high school teachers who received grants from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. Several were on the panel itself, which was chaired by high school teacher David Fritz. Following on the success of this panel, on the increasing importance of preparing Secondary Education minors at college, and on the Gilder Lehrman Institute's willingness to fund high school teacher travel grants again to the 2007 Conference, Zabelle Stodola and Keat Murray propose another interdisciplinary session bringing together pedagogy in history, literature, and cultural studies. In 2005, the panel participants and the audience expressed particular interest in exchanging ideas on innovative ways of teaching "the old chestnuts" of early America (e.g. Columbus, Contact/Conflict/Conquest, the first Thanksgiving, Pocahontas, the Salem Witch Trials, the Great Awakening). This will be a particular focus for the 2007 panel which will be filled from an open Call for Papers.
All applicants should submit proposals to Zabelle Stodola at: email@example.com by September 15, 2006. Please include the following information to apply for a seat on the panel:
School affiliation and department
Home and school addresses
A one- or two-paragraph statement explaining why the panel interests you and how your experience with 'Old Chestnuts' will contribute to our panel discussion about interdisciplinary approaches and pedagogical practices for teaching early America in high school classrooms.
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