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2018 Bennion Teachers' Workshop Course Requirements 

  • Participants must attend all days of the workshop to receive course credits.
  • Prior to the workshop, participants will have reading assignments that need to be completed before the first session.
  • During the workshop, participants will be expected to make use of materials, engage in critical reflection, and participate in individual and collaborative structured learning activities.
  • A final project for the course will be due one month after the program on July 9, 2018. 

Required Reading Pre-Workshop

Revolutions in the Atlantic World, New Edition: A Compatative History by Wim Klooster (ISBN 978-1479857173)
- Closely read and annotate chapters 1, 2, and 6.
- Skim chapter 3
- A reading guide is provided to help you organize your reading. You are not required to fill this guide out, but are encouraged to do so in order to help guide your thoughts

Patriots, Loyalists, & Revolution in New York City by Bill Offutt (ISBN  978-0393938890)
- Skim the rules and historical background section of the Reacting to the Past Gamebook

Workshop Cumulative Project

Participants will collaborate on a “Discovering Democracy in the 18th-Century Atlantic” website.  Inspired by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History’s Educator Resources, our website will be a collection of resources for educators (AP; K-12; and college) and researchers alike. Our website will provide:

  • One-page primers on particular topics in comparative revolutions, such as “republicanism,” “natural law,” or “The General Will;”
  • Primary source analyses on Thomas Paine’s Common Sense, Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s “Social Contract,” and many others;
  • An Age of Revolutions timeline;
  • Lesson plans on comparative revolution topics (at various levels of instruction);
  • A social media feed to include the wider public in our program;
  • A list of targeted, annotated bibliographies for further reading.

Regardless of specialization, each participant (after the conclusion of the program) will be expected to complete the following STANDARD REQUIREMENTS:

  1. One 2-page primary source analysis on a translated, open-access primary source of their choosing;
  2. Two entries of their choosing to the timeline. Each entry will be 250-300 words in in length.  It will define the entry (name, date, location) and provide the larger historical significance.  It will also include an image;
  3. One targeted, annotated bibliography on a particular theme of their choosing. These annotated bibliographies will include at least 5 titles, each with a 300-400-word annotation;
  4. Two entries to our social media feed after the conclusion of the seminar (could be a resource, blog piece, etc).

In addition to the above requirements, each participant will need to choose an “educator” or “researcher” path to complete additional assignments.

Educator Path

In addition to the above standard requirements, each participant on the EDUCATOR path will complete:

  1. Two (2) one-page primers on a particular topic of their choosing that will include a list of additional resources;
  2. One additional primary source analysis;
  3. One (1) complete lesson plan that takes a comparative approach to Atlantic Revolutions. This lesson plan will use a standard format and template (Understanding by Design) and should include:
    1. Desired Results (Established Goals; Understandings; Essential Questions)
    2. Assessment Evidence (Performance Tasks; Other Evidence)
  • Learning Plan (Including Activities, Materials)
  1. Short Narrative
  2. Any handouts or materials (including primary sources) necessary

Researcher Path

In addition to the above standard requirements, those on the RESEARCHER path will complete:

  1. Two (2) one-page primers on a particular topic of their choosing that will include a list of additional resources;
  2. One additional primary source analysis;
  3. One additional timeline entries;
  4. One additional targeted, annotated bibliography on a particular theme of their choosing.

Final projects will be due within three weeks of the conclusion of the workshop (by July 9, 2018). Pre- and post-workshop work, along with the workshop schedule (below), is appropriate for a 3-credit class. Participants can attend the workshop for credit or not for credit.  In advance of the workshop, participants will be asked to complete a short list of readings, including selected chapters from Willem Klooster’s Atlantic Revolutions.  During the workshop, participants will be expected to read primary sources and engage in small (1-2 page) writing exercises to advance the role-play simulation.  Homework during the workshop will not take longer than 1.5 hours daily to complete.  Ample time will be set aside during the week to discuss logistics of final projects.