Mystic Valley Regional Charter School

Using Primary Sources in the Classroom

February 13, 2013
 • Professional Development Workshop
Matt Stone
 & Robert Simpson

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Mystic Valley Regional Charter School teachers share Jewish Immigrant profiles.

AGENDA




Introductions


Lesson Walk-Through





Audio Lecture


Mr. Stone's May 2012 Lesson

The North End: The Beginning of a New Life

February 2013 Revision
The North End: The Beginning of a New Life

Hands on Activity
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  • Find a partner (preferably from the opposite discipline than yourself), and create your own immigrant profile sheet based on the primary source.
  • You will have 15 minutes after which we will come back together as a large group and share profiles.
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RMS Carpathia, the ship used to study immigrants arriving in Boston, in the above activity was the same ship made famous for its rescue of Titanic survivors.
Thank you to Gordon Bradford, MVRCS Literacy & History Director who contributed this fact.

Here's the Carpathia's passenger arrival database used in Mr. Stone's lesson.
http://www.immigrantships.net/v6/1900v6/carpathia19130317_01.html

Break

Interdisciplinary Scavenger Hunt

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  • Note sample HIAS immigrant card.
  • With your partner, please complete the scavenger hunt and worksheet.
  • Be ready to answer two debrief questions:
    • What standard could be taught using a primary source based inquiry lesson?
    • How could you collaborate across disciplines to reinforce student understanding?
  • Please respond on paper and post to the appropriate post-it note.
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Becoming America Project Primary Source Based Lessons

Use the following online lessons to research answers to the scavenger hunt questions. Click images to visit the lessons.
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