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History eNews from Emerging America - March 7, 2018

Published on Thu, 03/15/2018


EMERGING AMERICA HISTORY eNEWS Vol. 5, Issue 10 for March 7, 2018


New Accessible Lesson at!

See blog post below. From Nellie Bly’s “Ten Days in a Madhouse.” 1887. Accessing Inquiry for Students with Disabilities Register now for Spring 2018.

EVENTS @ EMERGING AMERICA - Info & Registration.

Contact ACCESSING INQUIRY FOR ALL LEARNERS: Hands-on workshop to learn and practical skills for teaching diverse learners.

  • Accessing Inquiry for Students with Disabilities through Primary Sources:
    • March 12 & 22 - Dutchess County BOCES - Poughkeepsie, NY. POSTPONED TO SUMMER.  
    • March 13 & April 3 - 8:30am-4:00pm - Boston ($72.50) FREE to Boston Public Schools teachers. BPS teachers contact if you need instructions on registering. Registration.
    • April 5 & 23 - 8:30am-4pm - Westford Academy. ($72.50) FREE to Westford Public Schools teachers. Registration.
    • April 24 & May 15 - 8am - 4pm - Northampton ($72.50) Registration.
    • April 26 & May 8 - 8am - 3pm - Danbury, CT ($89) Registration. (Click “Register for Courses”.)

“Accessing Inquiry” courses meet Mass license renewal requirements for 15-hours PD on students with disabilities or 15-hours PD on English Learners. Optional 1 Westfield State University grad credit in History available.

  • March 23 & 24 - 8:45am - 3:45pm - Plymouth North High School - America and World Fascism: From the Spanish Civil War to Nuremberg and Beyond ($35). Registration.  


Library of Congress Teacher Blog

  • Baseball, Bombs, and Wartime Decision-Making - WWI
  • K-12 Professional Development Opportunity: Teaching with WWI-Related Primary Sources
  • K-12 Professional Development Opportunity - Teaching with World History-Related Primary Sources - Info

OTHER RECOMMENDED EVENTS - Across Massachusetts and the U.S

  • March 6 - 11am and 2pm - Spfld Technical Community College - Building 2/Scibelli Hall - Free
  • March 10 - 9am-5pm  - Wellesley-Deerfield Symposium - Monumental Narratives - Revisiting New England’s Public Memorials - Info
  • March 11 - 1-3pm - Shelburne Historical Society - Shelburne School Days - Society Arms Academy Building - Free with refreshments
  • March 14 - 6-7pm - Wistariahurst - Sisters for Social Change: Belle and Katherine Skinner and the Creation of the Skinner Coffee House - Info
  • Forums to Discuss Draft Social Studies Frameworks - Register through ESE:
    • Northeast. March 13. 4-5:30pm. Salem State Univ.
    • Boston. March 21. 3-4:30pm. ESE, Malden.
  • Rescheduled for April 5 (Was March 7) - 5:30pm - UMass Amherst, Herter Hall 601 - “From ‘unrepentant Nazis’ to ‘our Germans,’” a Talk by Brian Crim Info
  • May 19 - 8:30am-6pm - A One-Day Decorative Arts Forum in Association with the Decorative Arts Trust - Registration

Other Resources:

Summer 2018:

  • Library of Congress Summer Teacher Institute - Applications due March 21 - Info
    • General Focus:
      • June 18-22
      • June 25-29
      • July 30-August 3
    • WWI Focus:
      • July 9-13
    • Science, Technology, and Engineering Focus
      • July 16-20
  • Norman B. Leventhal Map Center - 2018 Carolyn A. Lynch Teacher Fellowships - Info
  • Ford’s Theatre Education - Teaching Civil War and Reconstruction - Week-long Summer Teacher Programs: Applications due April 2, 2018 - Info

New Accessible Lesson on Disability History Online

Nellie Bly 1887: Exposing Treatment of those with Mental Illness

Nellie Bly’s account of her experience as an inmate at an asylum as an undercover journalist offers a gripping entry point into the history of mental health care reform and a discussion of how people in need of care should be treated. In this lesson, students explore several primary sources addressing the treatment of people with mental illness at New York City’s Blackwell Island in the mid to late 1800s. Sources include: a short Edison film of Blackwell’s Island made in 1908, primary source photographs, and two excerpts of Nellie Bly’s expose, “Ten Days in a Madhouse.”  Two versions of the readings are provided to accommodate differing stages of reading development. Students are offered a choice for the summative assessment: to imagine themselves a New Yorker who has just read Bly’s exposé and to write a letter to the editor; or to imagine being a newspaper cartoonist and to create a political cartoon that highlights Bly’s message in “Ten Days in a Madhouse.” Emerging America brings this lesson to you thanks to the resources of the Library of Congress. Aligned to Common Core and Massachusetts State History standards. ********************************** History eNews welcomes YOUR news & events. Published most Wednesdays; deadline Monday noon. Archived at - Reply to to be removed from this list. Register for CES events. Teacher-created lessons, primary source sets, & assessments at: Follow Emerging America on Twitter and Facebook.  


Karen Albano

former History eNews Editor, Emerging America
Karen Albano worked with Emerging America from 2015-2020, contributing to many facets of the program including developing curriculum, improving the accessibility of the website to educators, overseeing social media outreach, and editing the History eNews.