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

Teaching American History in South Carolina
2010 Upstate Summer Institute

Summer Institute:      July 12-23, 2010 at various locations in the Upstate

Fall Meeting:                 Thursday, October 14, 2010 at 5pm at Pickens Library

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

The 2010 Upstate 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 Upstate ’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.