Primarily Teaching 2013
Before Your Arrive
In 2013, Primarily Teaching workshops have a national theme—Rights and Responsibilities—which matches that of National History Day in 2014. To begin, select a topic that fits within this broad theme. We will then determine which material in our collection both matches your topic and can readily be scanned and added to our teaching website, DocsTeach.org. A list of pertinent material will be sent to you prior to the start of the workshop.
The National Archives holds records relating primarily to the operations of the Federal government, its employees, litigants, and petitioners. In considering a topic, you must ask yourself what the involvement was of the Federal government. If there is none, we will not hold records on it. For example, we will not have records on the French and Indian wars since they predate the Federal government. We will not have John T. Scopes' personal papers, or transcripts of the "Monkey Trial" since he violated Tennessee law, not federal law.
During the Workshop
During Primarily Teaching, you will conduct research at the National Archives and develop teaching materials from your findings. We will orient you to research procedures at the National Archives and provide ongoing guidance throughout the workshop.
While you should feel free to use our on-line resources, the majority of your research time should be spent in searching for primary sources (for example, letters, reports, petitions, case files, photographs, motion pictures, sound recordings, etc.) that currently are not available via our website.
The daily programs begin at 9:00 a.m. and usually adjourn by 4:00 p.m.
Digitization is a Priority
You will be asked to select between 3 and 5 items (documents, photos, maps, etc.) from your research findings for scanning.
While you are onsite, we will add these scans to DocsTeach, our online tool for teaching with documents.
You will then construct a learning activity using these and other materials during the workshop. These activities will be featured on a special DocsTeach page. We will provide instruction in how best to create activities for this website.
Upon receipt of your Application and Topic Selection, we will contact you with further information, including payment details for the $100.00 registration fee. Participants are responsible for their own food, housing, and travel arrangements.
Should you have further questions about the workshop or topic selection, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.