The Presidential Primary Sources Project is a collaborative program sponsored by the U.S. Presidential Libraries and Museums, National Parks, the Internet2 K20 Initiative, and other primary source stakeholders. The goal of the annual project is to engage classrooms throughout the national and international education community with an overarching theme, utilizing primary source documents for student research and presentation.
2013-14 Overall Goal, Theme and Essential Question
Goal ~ Students will use primary and secondary sources to engage in collaborative scholarly inquiry which addresses an essential question or contemporary issue.
Theme ~ Leadership in the Time of Crisis
Essential Question ~ What is the one most valuable characteristic of a leader during a time of crisis?
Because of the broad nature of the presidential theme, teachers will find that a number of the historical presentations coincide with their yearly curriculum. Additionally, research and synthesis requirements expected by national and state standards can also be integrated at various points in a teacher’s syllabus. Each video conference will be associated with its coinciding National Standards to assist teachers in these efforts.
Student Presentations: If you choose to create a presentation for the student event, presentation design should fall into one of these three formats: • a student created video • a live student led performance • a debate between two participating classrooms The culminating conference will be a student led event where student teams present the information they’ve learned in one of the three formats listed above. Each presentation must have an interactive portion that encourages audience participation. Presentations will be no longer than 10 minutes and students will be required to document their resources with 80-100% being primary source documents. The ultimate goal is to have students using primary source documents to teach other students about the role of Presidential leadership during moments of profound crisis in our country's history.
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