In the fall of 2017, Humanities Texas held three one-day teacher workshops throughout the state focusing on teaching the U.S. Constitution.
Topics addressed included the Articles of Confederation, compromises made in adopting the Constitution, the Federalist and Anti-Federalist debates on the Constitution's ratification, and the Bill of Rights.
The workshops emphasized close interaction with scholars, the examination of primary sources, and the development of effective pedagogical strategies and engaging assignments and activities. Content was aligned with the secondary social studies TEKS. Teachers received books and other instructional materials and were trained in the examination and interpretation of primary sources.
Workshop faculty included Carol Berkin (Baruch College), Denver Brunsman (George Washington University), Charles Flanagan (National Archives), and Joseph Kobylka (Southern Methodist University).
The workshops introduced teachers to Congress Creates the Bill of Rights, an educational resource developed by the National Archives in collaboration with Humanities Texas. The resource consists of three elements: an eBook, a mobile app for tablets, and online resources for teachers and students. Each provides a distinct way of exploring how the First Congress proposed amendments to the Constitution in 1789.
The workshop also introduced teachers to Representing Congress: Clifford K. Berryman’s Political Cartoons, an educational resource developed by the National Archives in collaboration with Humanities Texas. The resource consists of an online eBook of Clifford K. Berryman’s political cartoons with interactive lesson plans.
Download the overview for each workshop.
|Harlingen||October 18||Harlingen CISD Administration Building||Overview|
|Corpus Christi||October 19||Education Service Center Region 2||Overview|
|San Antonio||October 20||Education Service Center Region 20||Overview|
The workshops were made possible with major funding from the State of Texas and the Kronkosky Charitable Foundation, with ongoing support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.