US History and the Constitution
Content, Methods, and Resources for Teachers

Teaching American History in South Carolina
2010 Midlands Summer Institute

Summer Institute:    July 26-August 6, 2010 at locations in the Midlands

Fall Meeting:               Tuesday, October 19, 2010 at 5pm at State Archives

Midyear Retreat:       February 18-19, 2010 at White Oak Conference Center

The 2010 Midlands Summer Institute includes 30 hours of content instruction, 15 hours of methods instruction, and 15 hours of cultural institution programs and resources.  Content instruction will take the form of a compressed survey-level American history course.  Methods instruction will demonstrate teaching methods that encourage higher-level thinking (analysis, evaluation, and creation) and active student involvement with primary source material.  In addition, students will have opportunities to learn about and access the resources of many of the Midlands's cultural institutions:  libraries, archives, museums, and historic sites.  Each day, class will meet at a different institution.  All activities utilize local primary sources or objects relating to the periods or themes being studied.  Participants will conduct primary source research to create original lesson plans.