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2010 Teacher Institute

The Civil War Preservation Trust will host its Ninth Annual Teacher Institute from July 16-18, 2010 in Hagerstown, Md. This free weekend will feature workshops, a battlefield tour of Gettysburg, exhibits, speakers, and networking opportunities. Scholarships and continuing education credits are available.

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From the Educators

January 2010
Dear Civil War Educator and Preservationist,

Over the past few months the education department here at CWPT has been working diligently to put together the 2010 Teacher Institute. As you may have noticed we have taken great strides this past year, which will continue to be the case with the Teacher Institute. We have taken your feedback into account: adjusting our workshop times, battlefield tours, and offering more on teaching with technology. We have gathered some of the best Civil War historians, educators, and technology gurus and our work with National Park Service has produced some fantastic tours of one of the most famous Battles in history. All of this has been driven by our desire that every teacher who attends will walk away with more knowledge, experience, and excitement about the Civil War than ever before.

Our goal for the Teacher Institute is to provide an outstanding professional development opportunity for k-12 teachers and educators so that they can go back to their students and pass along all that they have experienced and learned. As we all know, the best teachers are those who are exceedingly knowledgeable and excited about what they teach.

The CWPT Teacher Institute is one of the few Civil War professional development opportunities in the country. We are so pleased with how it has grown, and will continue to work to insure that our educators receive only the best.

- Nicole Osier, Senior Manager, Education Programs


New Lesson Plan: Civil War Photography

Civil War Photography Lesson Plan

Using Civil War photographs, students will learn the technological progression of photography and investigate the impact of war-time imagery on society. This is a wonderful lesson for visual learners and a great way to discuss the advent of photojournalism.

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New Curriculum Biographies

New Curriculum Biographies

Our newest additions to the Gifted and Talented Curriculum are two extraordinarily brave and talented women who exemplify character and leadership in the Civil War. Invite your students to learn about Sara Emma Edmonds and Susie King Taylor.

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Gettysburg Battlefield: Then & Now

Gettysburg Battlefield: Then & Now

Read our new interview with Gettysburg "Day Two" experts Garry Adelman and Tim Smith. Learn more about the pivotal actions on the southern end of the battlefield and how the battlefield has changed since 1863.

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Trivia from the Archives

Trivia from the Archives

A) This photograph shows a field fortification which was made to absorb the shock of artillery strikes. It was constructed of heavy timbers and the roof was covered with soil. What is this type of fortification called?

B) Which famous politician is described in the following newspaper editorial?

"The illustrious ________ has continued during the last week to make a fool of himself and to mortify and shame the intelligent people of this great nation .... People now marvel how it came to pass that ________ should have been selected as the representative man of any party. His weak, wishy-washy, namby-pamby efforts, imbecile in matter, disgusting in manner, have made us the laughing stock of the whole world."

C) Which Confederate vessel, built in England, led seven successful expeditionary raids -- taking it to such varied places as the Azores, Newfoundland, New England, Bermuda, Virginia, the Gulf of Mexico, Brazil, South Africa, the East Indies and the Strait of Malacca -- before being sunk off the coast of France in 1864?

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Tuesday Trivia on Twitter with @CWPT_EDU »


Book of the Month

Gentle Annie

Gentle Annie: The True Story of a Civil War Nurse, by Mary Francis Shura

Based on the experiences of Annie Etheridge Hooks, Gentle Annie dramatizes the life of Annie Etheridge who, at the age of sixteen, enlisted in the Union Army, one of only eighteen women from Michigan. When the army headed into battle, the other seventeen women fled. Only Annie remained with the troops to face the danger.

Annie became known for her gentle manner, her great courage, and her devotion to duty. Never fearing gunfire, she risked her life again and again to nurse wounded soldiers on the battlefields, even winning the Kearny Medal of Honor presented by Major General Philip Kearny. She was beloved by the men of her regiment, writing letters for them to their loved ones, and comforting them in their pain.

Lesson Plans related to Gentle Annie:
Courtesy Learning to Give »
Courtesy Mrs. O's House »

Related biography: Major General John Philip Kearny: Read the Biography »

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