Museum + Primary Sources
Optimizing the potential for students to become lifelong learners and contributors to society are the goals of every educator. Establishing a curriculum that integrates learning within informal environments and traditional educational settings is one path to reaching this goal. Learn how to develop the skills to research, analyze and integrate museum content, artifacts and primary sources into units of instruction, helping students to better understand the world and their place in it.
- Foundations of Museum + Primary Sources in the Classroom
What can students learn from museums, artifacts and primary sources? This course enables educators to gain a broad understanding of using these sources to guide inquiry-based learning to discover inspiration for developing K-12 curricula. Consider museum typologies and programming using five diverse contexts through which the possibilities of museum resources will be explored: perceptual, autobiographical, cultural, interdisciplinary and institutional. Projects include researching and evaluating museum web pages, writing a reflection paper, primary source analysis, developing lesson plans, studio art activities and a field trip to a local museum.
Select 9 credits from courses with the subject code PRES or UTPS. Courses may include:
- PMA Featured Exhibition - Teacher Resources for the Classroom
In partnership with the featured special exhibitions on view at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, this course is one of a continuing series that uses primary museum resources to better understand the works of particular artists in historical context. Participants study the artists’ lives and work, influences within an art history perspective, as well as social and cultural significance represented in the show. Course content is developed with the Education Department at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, featuring speakers who discuss the exhibition in depth, plus additional lectures and demonstrations. From this, participants create and develop a series of activities and lesson plans designed for classroom application into a range of subject areas and grade levels.
- Philadelphia Museums - Philadelphia History for Teachers
In a continuing series of courses developed via partnerships with Philadelphia museums, this course is an immersion in Philadelphia history from the colonial era to the present and offers first-hand experiences in the craft of researching, writing and teaching history and civics with local connections. Through a series of lectures, discussions of primary sources, site visits and tours, participants become familiar with Philadelphia history and focus on models of civic engagement. Content is presented thematically rather than through a strict chronology, allowing teachers to envision new ways of presenting material that fits with Pennsylvania’s Standards Aligned System. Themes include Cradle of Liberty, Workshop of the World, City of Neighborhoods and more. Both the content and the skills enrich the abilities of teachers to provide engaging and authentic experiences in the classroom as they meet academic standards related to historical analysis and the rights and responsibilities of citizens. Guided by archivists, museum educators and editors of The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia, participants learn techniques for locating primary sources, synthesizing information for secondary sources and writing about history. Each participant will research and write an essay suitable for submission to The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia and useful for teaching.
- Photography: Who Are We? Constructing Identity Through Images
Photography has always been a democratic medium and virtually anyone can make a photograph, but learning how to read images and understand what they tell us about ourselves and others is often overlooked. Participants learn how to use the digital archives of the Library of Congress to prepare lessons for the classroom that incorporate concepts of visual literacy. Participants examine how photography influences identity and how it can be used as a teaching tool in grades K-12. Course activities include field trips for an insider’s look into local archives and museums and hands-on photographic projects. Content is appropriate for a range of subject areas as connections to social science, identity, expression and literacy are explored.
- Music: Discovering the Roots of American Music to Enhance the Curriculum
Featuring live music, hands-on activities and engaging exercises to use with students, this course focuses on the use of the digital archives of the Library of Congress to effectively and thoroughly plan, prepare and design lessons incorporating 20th century American music, particularly jazz and its influences, into the curriculum. Beginning with the digital archives, develop the ability to access musical resources to provide a multi-sensory approach to teaching historical content through a creative arts perspective. Participants are engaged in the exploration and appreciation of jazz music and the significance of jazz in American history and society — from tradition to innovation. K-8 teachers design a unit of study relevant to their interests and current classroom curricula, creating musical connections to American history and culture to enhance student learning.
- Poetry: A Place for the Poem - An Introduction to Poetry for Teachers
Poetry is a living art that brings expression, imagery, sound, rhythm and meaning together. This course is designed for K-8 teachers who want to develop lessons that show how poetry enhances literacy, supported by the digital archives of the Library of Congress. This course approaches poetry from the writer’s point of view and brings a new level of engagement for teachers to share with their students. With readings, exercises, writing assignments and discussion, participants explore the basics of how poems are made and have the opportunity to write poems themselves. Teachers look closely at choices made in particular poems: sound elements, line possibilities, formal options, image patterns and metaphor. Explore a number of contemporary poems that are short, clear and full of the world, using the text Poetry 180, by Billy Collins.
- The Power of the Poster + the Print - Using WPA Sources
Of the 2,000 Works Progress Administration posters known to exist, the Library of Congress’ collection is the largest. These striking silkscreen, lithograph and woodcut posters were designed to publicize health programs, cultural programs, theatrical and musical performances, travel, educational programs and community activities throughout the United States. The posters were made possible by one of the first U.S. Government programs to support the arts and were added to the Library's holdings in the 1940s. In this course, learn about the WPA and its mission as well as the connections to history, art, social science and visual literacy that can enrich your teaching. Participants learn about this time period, the power of design to communicate and how to use visual primary sources to engage students. Including hands-on printmaking and design studio exercises, mural tours, museum visits and more, use the digital archives of the Library of Congress to prepare lessons based on these powerful historic images. Content is appropriate to a range of subject areas as connections to social science, history, material processes and literacy are explored.
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