The Discovery Expeditions program is structured for Social Studies teachers in Grades 9 – 12 who desire to gain an understanding of the current social, economic, and political conflicts in American society by tracing the origin of these conflicts from Colonial America through the Civil War. The program will consist of a combination of readings, reflections, lectures, and site visits to the birthplace of America, historic Tidewater Virginia: Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Yorktown.
The program is specifically designed for teachers of History I and Civics and Economics. The content is aligned with North Carolina and Common Core Social Studies Standards. Teachers will be able to choose an area of special interest, develop lessons on the topic, and eventually share their experiences with the other teachers in the group. Teachers who complete this immersion into history will be better equipped to share their understanding with colleagues and most importantly, their students.
Dates: June 14 - 17, 2016 (Tuesday – Friday)
Cost: $460 (Double Occupancy Lodging)
$505 (Single Occupancy Lodging)
$100 Deposit Due: February 15, 2016
Remaining Balance Due: April 15, 2016
This expedition requires a minimum of 10 travelers and can take a maximum of 25. Receipt of online registration and the required deposit will ensure your space on the trip. As part of your registration, you will be asked to create a User account from which you will be able to make future payments toward your trip. Those registering at the base Double Occupancy rate, will be assigned a same gender roommate at the William and Mary summer lodging, unless a spouse or specific roommate is requested. Detailed trip and course information can be found below. Please register by clicking Register Now.
Trip Highlights and Inclusions
* Experience colonial life in Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Yorktown in one of the best historical recreations in the United States
- Visit early settlements at Jamestown Settlement and Jamestown Island
- Experience colonial life in one of America’s foremost historic preservations—Williamsburg
- Visit Yorktown Victory Center, Museum, Colonial Encampment
- Lodging at the College of William and Mary, located in the heart of Colonial Williamsburg
- Trip price includes entrance and guide fees at all sites, and all meals, unless otherwise noted as “optional” or “on your own”.
* Choice of several Guided tours of Williamsburg that emphasize the lives of all segments of society
* Lectures and discussions of current issues and their roots in Colonial America
* Time to “explore on your own” the vast array of sights and resources in the immediate Tidewater area. (Berkley and Shirley Plantations, Richmond, Petersburg, and Pamplin Park are optional trips on return home from Williamsburg.
*Teachersearn 5 CEU’s for successful completion of the program
Day 1 ( Tuesday, June 14, 2016): Arrival to William and Mary and Overview
Day 2 (Wednesday, June 15, 2016): Jamestown and 17th Century Virginia
Day 3 (Thursday, June 16, 2016): Colonial Williamsburg: Life and Citizenship
Day 4 (Friday, June 17, 2016): Colonial Williamsburg: The Road to Revolution
Course Participants will:
- Demonstrate knowledge personally obtained from the travel experiences to Tidewater Virginia
- Outline how travel experiences enhance their understanding of American society today by an in-depth study of the historical roots of 21st Century societal conflicts and issues
- Indicate how pre and post travel research enhanced the understanding of the issues being studied
- Show how assigned teaching standards were enhanced through the travel experiences
- Collaborate and share travel experiences with other teachers and students
- Create detailed lesson plans that will be shared with colleagues containing the following:
- Lesson description with a listing of the topics/goals/objectives to be covered in the course
- Expectations of performance for students
- Required materials
- Time tables and deadlines
- A basis for grading
- The instructor and the student will collaborate regarding the following:
- The details of the travel itinerary
- Teaching or content standards being addressed
- The units of credit that will be awarded for successful completion
- A Daily Log that includes hours and activities will be kept and submitted upon conclusion of the course.
- Daily commentary will be posted on a class discussion board
- A written narrative will be submitted to the instructor upon successful completion of the course.
- Development of complete Lesson Plans on the area of specialization
- Share Lesson Plans with colleagues
- Prepare a Bibliography of literature related to the subject matter
Collaboration with the instructor
- Participants will meet with the instructor prior to the trip to review the desired outcomes and standards being addressed and to propose area of concentrated study
- Participants will meet and participate in Lecture/Discussion Sessions
- Resource articles to provide background information about the areas of study and visit
- Information regarding places of interest that you desire to visit in Tidewater Virginia
A total of 5 CEU’s will be awarded with successful completion of the course based on the following:
- 6 Hours – Pre-travel and Post-travel webinars
- 30 Hours – Tours, Lectures, and visits to Williamsburg, Jamestown, Yorktown, and Plantations
- 10 Hours – Lesson Planning, Journals
- 5 – 10 Hours – Outside Readings
Competency Goals: United States History
Competency Goal 1: The New Nation (1789 – 1820): The learner will identify, investigate, and assess the effectiveness of the institutions of the emerging republic
o 1.01: Identify the major domestic issues and conflicts experienced by the nation during the Federalist Period
o 1.02: Analyze the political freedoms available to the following groups between 1789 – 1820: women, wage earners, landless farmers, American Indians, African Americans, other ethnic groups
Competency Goal 2: Expansion and Reform (1801 – 1850) – The learner will assess the competing forces of expansionism, nationalism, and sectionalism
o 2.01: Analyze the effects of territorial expansion and the admission of new states to the Union 1801 to 1850.
o 2.02: Describe how the growth of nationalism and sectionalism were reflected in art, literature, and language
o 2.03: Distinguish between the economic and social issues that led to sectionalism and nationalism.
o 2.04: Assess political events, issues, and personalities that contributed to sectionalism and nationalism.
o 2.06: Evaluate the role of religion in the debate over slavery and other social movements and issues.
Competency Goal 3: Crisis, Civil War, and Reconstruction (1848 – 1877): The learner will analyze the issues that led to the Civil War, the effects of the war, and the impact of Reconstruction on the nation
o 3.01: Trace the economic, social, and political events from the Mexican War to the outbreak of the Civil War.
o 3.02: Analyze and assess the causes of the Civil War.
Competency Goals Civics and Economics
Essential Standard 1: Analyze the foundations and development of American government in terms of principles and values.
o CE.C&G.1.1: Explain how the tensions over power and authority led to America’s founding fathers to develop a constitutional democracy.
o CE.C&G.1.2: Explain how the Enlightenment and other contributing theories impacted the writing of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.
o CE.C&G.1.3: Evaluate how debates on power and authority between Federalists and Anti-Federalists have helped shape government in the United States
Declaration of Independence
- U.S. Constitution
- Mayflower Compact
- National Motto
- National Anthem
- Pledge of Allegiance
Sample Lesson Plan: The Coming of the Civil War
Objective: Students will be able to discuss the state of the nation prior to the outbreak of the Civil War by citing the relevance of geography, technology, and social conditions in the Antebellum South
Length of time: 90 minutes
· Lesson Development, I
· Lesson Development, II
· Lesson Conclusion
· The Federalist Papers http://lcweb2.loc.gov/const/fed/fedp apers.html
The Anti-Federalists Papers http://www.constitution.org/afp/afp.htm, http://www.yale.edu/lawweb/avalon /const/mchenry.htm
· ABC’S “Schoolhouse Rock” Series – “History Rock” http://www.school-houserock.com/AmericaRock.html
· Bill of Rights Institute http://www.billofrightsinstitute.org/
The U. S. Constitution http://www.usconstitution.net/constam.html
The U.S. House of Representatives http://www.house.gov/
The U.S. Senate http://www.senate.gov/
· Founding Father’s Resources in the LOC (over 4731) http://www.loc.gov/search/?q=founding%20fathers&fa=digitized:true
American History http://www.loc.gov/topics/americanhisto ry.php
· Home Page: http://nationalhumanitiescenter.org/
Primary Resource Collection: http://americainclass.org/sources/
Lesson Plans: http://americainclass.org/lessons/