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The resources on this page have been designed by Turning Points in American History staff, partners, and participants in conjunction with our professional development programs.

Bibliographies

The following annotated bibliographies were created for participants of Turning Points in American History programs. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of resources available for a given topic, but they do offer educators a starting place from which to select reading materials to use in planning and instruction, resources that are recently published and available to be purchased. Click for resource link

The American Revolution: Assembled for our October 28, 2012 scholar-led seminar featuring Mary Beth Norton, Phd, How Revolutionary was the American Revolution, this bibliography offers selections of both adult and children’s literature on the Colonial America and the Revolutionary War era. Click for resource link

The Civil War Era: Designed for our January 21, 2012 scholar-led seminar featuring Margaret Creighton, Phd, The Civil War as a Turning Point in American History, this bibliography offers selections of both adult and children’s literature focused on the Civil War era. Click for resource link

Historiography – American Revolution: Crafted for our November 2, 2012 scholar-led seminar featuring Jacqueline B. Carr, Phd, The American Revolution: Changing Perspectives Over Time, this bibliography offers resources that show varied perspectives of the American Revolution over time, general resources for teaching historiography, and resources for teaching history. Click for resource link

The Great Migration: Generated for our May 16, 2012 scholar-led seminar featuring Elizabeth Clark-Lewis, Phd, For a Real Better Life: Gender, Rad, and Migration, 1900-1930, this bibliography offers selections of both adult and children’s literature on the subject of migration. Click for resource link

Primary Sources: Compiled for our 2011 primary source study group, this bibliography offers resources for integrating primary resources into the classroom. Click for resource link

Primary Sources Civil War and Reconstruction: Constructed for our 2012 Civil War and Reconstruction era primary source study group, this bibliography offers resources for integrating primary resources into the classroom and a selection of Civil War and Reconstruction era primary resources. Click for resource link

Reconstruction and Civil War Era: Designed for our February 10, 2012 scholar-led seminar featuring Eric Foner, Phd, The Impact of Reconstruction as a Turning Point, this bibliography offers selections of both adult and children’s literature focused on the Civil War and Reconstruction era. Click for resource link

Social Reform Movements – Book Discussion: Compiled for our 2012 Social Reform Movements book study group, this bibliography offers resources for integrating discussion into the classroom and a selection of literature connected to social reform movements of the 20th and 21st centuries, including child labor, immigration, women’s suffrage, American Indian Movement, African-American civil rights, Asian American civil rights, and the Chicano Movement. Click for resource link

Technology in the Classroom: Crafted for our March 18, 2011 educator-led seminar featuring Ed-Tech Teacher, this bibliography offers resources for integrating technology in the classroom. Click for resource link

Technology / Collaboration in the Classroom: Produced for our September 30, 2011 educator-led seminar featuring Ed-Tech Teacher, this bibliography offers resources for integrating technology in the classroom and resources for collaboration and cooperative learning. Click for resource link

World War II: Assembled for our April 1, 2011 scholar-led seminar featuring Mark Stoler, Phd, World War II as a Turning Point in United State History, this bibliography offers selections of both adult and children’s literature concerning the United States’ role in World War II. Click for resource link

Reference / Guides

Common Core Literacy Standards for History and Social Sciences – Easy to access, bulleted list of Common Core standards for teaching social studies. Click for Resource link

Historical Methods Guide – Created by Turning Points in American History co-director Scott McLaughlin, this table provides examples of qualitative and quantitative observations that might be used for different types of primary resources, including documents, artifacts, images, architecture, landscapes, archaeological sites, and oral histories. Click for resource link

Historical Processes Guide – Created by Turning Points in American History co-director Elise Guyette, this resource outlines critical historical thinking skills and connects them to the Vermont Framework of Standards for History and Social Sciences. Click for resource link

Primary Sources - Compiled by Christine Eldred, Colchester High School Explore the American History tab in this guide for online collections of primary sources. Whether in digital or original format, primary sources are typically found in these types of institutions or locations: Libraries, Museums & Archives, Historical Societies, Town or City Hall/Town Clerk, State and Federal Government Agencies, and Family Collections. Click for resource link

Research Guide for Reconstruction During and After the Civil War - Compiled by Christine Eldred, Colchester High School This guide is for educators and students seeking reliable online resources about the Reconstruction era. It was created as a course project for the Turning Points in American History 2012 National Field Study, Reconstruction: Culture and Politics in the South, led by Professor Elise Guyette.  Participants spent eight days in Beaufort, South Carolina, site of Reconstruction's "Port Royal Experiment," learning about regional and U.S history related to Reconstruction and about Gullah culture.  To some extent, the resources selected for this guide extend beyond post-Civil War Reconstruction events to reflect this course's interests in the South Carolina Sea Islands, Gullah culture, northern missionaries, the wider scope of African American history, and understanding the diverse perspectives of northerners and southerners in this time period. Click for resource link

Social Studies Inquiry Method – Designed by Turning Points in American History co-director Elise Guyette, this poster is divided into the same eight sections as Vermont’s standards: Critical Evaluation, History, Geography, Citizenship, Diversity & Unity, Economics, Conflict, and Identity. Along with the poster, a comprehensive explanation helps educators identify focus questions used by professionals in history and the social sciences. Click for resource link

Turning Points Defined Turning Points defined by Turning Points in American History co-directors Elise Guyette and Scott McLaughlin Click for resource link

Vermont Abolitionists and Reconstruction Interactive Map By Orla Dundas - Interactive map recommended for use in grades seven through twelve; can be adapted for use in grades three through six. Click on the map to discover historic characters organized by geographic location, each with links to connected primary source images and/or documents. Lesson plan suggests how to analyze these resources, resources that connect to themes of abolition, Underground Railroad, slavery, Civil War, and Vermont history/geography. Click for resource link

Video Tutorials:

The Civil War as a Turning Point in Gullah History – This video was created by Edmunds Elementary School teacher Paul Houchens in connection with the Turning Points in American History 2012 national field study to Penn Center, South Carolina. Paul Houchens explores Gullah culture and history, narrating footage taken during this journey.

Program - Explanation of Title: Co-director Elise Guyette explains the philosophy behind the program title, Turning Points in American History: Knowledge. Understanding. Perspectives.

Scholar Lecture – Amy Feely Morsman, PhD – Reconstruction: Its Purpose, Its Challenges, Its Larger Meaning
Recorded February 8, 2013, Dr. Morsman of Middlebury College lectures to Turning Points in American History participants about the Reconstruction era and its impact on American life.

Scholar Lecture – Mary Beth Norton, PhD – How Revolutionary Was the Revolution?
In this lecture recorded October 28, 2011, Dr. Norton of Cornell University lectures to Turning Points participants about the American Revolution and its impact on various groups of individuals.

Social Justice Curriculum – And Justice for All
Designed by Turning Points Teacher-Leader Brent Sclafani for the Burlington School District, this fifth grade curriculum explores early American history through a social justice lens exploring access to human rights for various groups and individuals. Students analyze primary resources, explore multiple perspectives, and learn to distinguish between fact, opinion, and interpretation to identify bias. Follow the links below to download the curriculum and view a video conversation with fifth grade teachers who recently piloted the unit.
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