History in the Classroom
This website, produced by the History in the Classroom Project, is designed for social studies teachers who are teaching American history. The History in the Classroom Project is a federally funded collaborative professional development program for high school and middle school teachers, a partnership between New York City's Department of Education, the Social Studies Program of New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, the History department of New York University, and the New York Historical Society.
During the spring semester, 2012 the TAH History in the Classroom Project focused on the political and social history the US during 1960s. Most of our sessions explored the mass protest movements of that decade - beginning with the civil rights/black freedom movement -- and the ways that they impacted politics and policy in Washington.
Our intention was to analyze the process of change, assessing how mass movements of ordinary people were able to influence electoral politics, Congress, and presidents. We looked at the Warren Court’s role in promoting a liberal political atmosphere in the 1960s as well, and how President Nixon worked to push the Supreme Court back to the right as that decade ended and the 1970s began. US global dominance and the resistance to it was studied via a focus on the Vietnam War.
The Port Huron Statement @ 50
2012 marked the 50th anniversary of the Port Huron Statement, the founding document of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), the organization that along with the civil rights sit-ins and the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, did the most to create the New Left and make the 1960s an era of mass student protest on behalf of racial equality peace, and student rights.
To help teachers explore these topics in their classes on the 1960s we have included a variety of resources that can be used both by teachers and students including video of all of the conference panels, a comic book for classroom use, and interviews with activists of the era.
Teacher Resources and Lesson Plans
In addition to the courses themselves, the History in the Classroom Project seeks to provide an opportunity for teachers to become leaders in their own school, building their capacity to share ideas and pedagogical strategies with their colleagues. One way through which these ideas and strategies will be preserved is through the posting here of lesson plans and other materials generated by the 2010 Summer Institute and future courses. Please check back here for future updates.
Currently, we have featured a collection of lesson plans created by historian and educator Dr. Robert Cohen as well as resources suggested by the invited lecturers on various immigration-related topics discussed in the Institute.
Below are some of the books published by our guest speakers this year.
New York Historical Society
New York Historical Society. The mission of the New York Historical Society for the past 200 years has been to provide public educational programs, and to foster research that reveals "the dynamism of history and its influence on the world of today." The Society's holdings tell the story of four centuries of American history through historical artifacts, American art and other materials.