Primarily Teaching 2015
Before You Arrive
Primarily Teaching 2015 workshops have a national theme—Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History—matching that of National History Day in 2016. After guided research using the case study at your particular location, you will have the opportunity to continue researching that topic, or to go on to independently research a more specific topic of your choice.
If you will research an additional topic, it must fit within the broader Exploration, Encounter, Exchange theme. We will try to help you identify material in our collection that matches your topic. 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 if and how the Federal government was involved. If it wasn't, 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.
Participants are responsible for their own food, housing, and travel arrangements.
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 and provide ongoing guidance throughout the workshop.
While you should feel free to use our online 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 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 select between 3 and 5 items (documents, photos, maps, etc.) from our case study 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 DocsTeach learning activity using these or other digitized materials that match our Exploration, Encounter, Exchange theme. We will coach you as to how best to create activities.