can be adapted to meet your needs: time length, content, etc.
Historical Fiction to Teach Alabama History
Participants: Gr. 4 and other teachers of AL history
character interpreter, dressed in period clothes, Anne Dalton will make the
French period of Alabama history come alive by using drama and hands-on
activities. Instructions will be given for using handouts in the classroom.
Handouts include: (1) Using journals as a primary source; (2) My Journal -
relating to experiences in Massacre Island; (3) Learning to Be
Courageous: A Mobilian Indian custom based on a primary source; (4) Making a
French Flag; (5) The Mobilian Indians: The Old Mobile Project Newsletter.
Participants: Gr. 4-7 teachers
USA Main Campus, Archaeology Lab
adventure offers hands-on-activities and multi-disciplinary lesson plans,
the expertise of professional archaeologists, and consideration of Native
American perspectives. Current information on archaeology in Alabama and the
US is provided. Teachers will learn a responsible approach to archaeology in
the classroom. Day 1 is at the Archaeology Lab on the USA Main Campus. On
Day 2 participants take part in an archaeological dig (2003 - Old St.
Stephens). Transportation from USA will be provided. Each teacher will
receive Intrigue of the Past, a teacher’s activity guide for grades
4-7 and its companion guide on Alabama’s prehistory, Discovering
Archaeology in Alabama.
Archaeology in the Classroom
Participants: Gr. 4-8 social studies teachers, teachers of gifted students
Time: 1-3 hours
activities from Project Archaeology, Discovering Archaeology in Alabama
and other sources, Ms Dalton will do a condensed version of the above
workshop. If possible, an archaeologist will take part in the session.
Archaeology at Monticello
Participants: Project Archaeology and Thomas Jefferson and Monticello
workshop will include activities from Digging Up the Past (Gr. 4-6)
and Digging Monticello (Gr. 7-12). Teachers will learn about
historical and above-ground archaeology as it is practiced at Monticello.
Participant: Gr. 5, Gr. 8 Social Studies Teachers, and Media Specialists
the voyage to Virginia through the eyes of an old sailor. Learn about the
life of Ships’ Boys on the voyage, after they arrived in Jamestown, and
their experiences living with the Powhatan Indians. Compare the cultures of
Native Americans, Europeans, and Africans. Take part in hands-on activities
like those in the Jamestown Settlement. Learn about strict laws and
punishment—an accusation of stealing thread caused an indentured servant to
lose her unborn child. Handouts will be provided.
of Colonial America
Target Participant: Gr. 5, Gr. 8 Social Studies Teachers, and Media
into colonial times with Anne Dalton as a character interpreter of Betty
Randolph, a leading lady of Colonial Williamsburg (wife of Peyton Randolph,
president of the first Continental Congress and cousin of Thomas Jefferson).
Participants will engage in hands-on activities. Learn about daily life,
clothing, education, travel, and medicine. Instructions will be given for
growing an herb garden at your school. The use of primary documents and
trade books will be emphasized. A school’s colonial village will be shown on
video. Lesson plans will be provided.
Participants: Gr. 5 and American History teachers
character interpreter of Thomas Jefferson’s daughter, Anne Dalton, will make
life at Monticello come alive. Learn about childhood in the age of
Jefferson; Thomas Jefferson’s family life; Monticello-A Working Plantation;
Jefferson as architect; and The Pursuit of Liberty. Lesson plans and primary
source material will be provided.
Suspension of Disbelief: Using Drama as a Reading Motivator
Participants: Gr. 4-8 teachers
Time: 1 1/2
will demonstrate being a character interpreter by giving a 20 minute
presentation of Marie Boisrenaud, one of the “Cassette Girls” who arrived in
Mobile in 1704. Clips of a video (8 minutes) will show children as character
interpreters in a Colonial Village. Personal stories of how children have
been impacted and motivated to read will be shared. Handouts: ideas and
instructions for helping students become character interpreters.
Triumphs = Good Writing
Participant: Gr. 4-12 Language arts teachers
ways to help students overcome writing obstacles as they create characters
that triumph over challenges in life. Ms Dalton will dramatize a story,
The Spyglass, to help participants understand that visualizing
students as writers can help them achieve it. She will discuss how to create
a character that goes from tears to triumph. Emphasis will be on showing a
character’s actions and reactions to an obstacle instead of telling.
Participants will share experiences with modeling writing. Using a student’s
story and the editor’s notes on her
Massacre Island manuscript, Ms
Dalton will point out specific writing problems, the need for revision and
the importance of positive feedback.