Primary Source is an independent educational organiation based out of Massachussetts which provides consulting services and curriculum materials on cultures and histories of under and misrepresented peoples around the world. Their Web site provides useful information and links to other education sites. We especially like the one that goes to a site called Gate of Heavenly Peace.
There are some drawbacks to the site. On the whole the information presented there is interesting and helpful. Unfortunately several areas are still under construction and it is not clear when the information will be available. On the other hand, if they do as good a job on the other areas as they have on the China Network, we think this will be incredibly helpful.
Primary Source will be helpful in the classroom in these ways:
No cost, unless you hire them as consultants!
Grade level: 9-12 resource for Social Studies, Language Arts and Art teachers.
Compiled and annotated by Jenna Kamp and Debbie Carlson
New England China Network
The New England China Network is a collaboration between Primary Source and Harvard University's Fairbank Center for East Asian Research! The network exists to provide K-12 teachers with the resources and institutional support to
introduce units and courses on China to public and independent schools.
Our long range goal is to get teaching about modern China firmly established in
schools throughout New England, so that the next generation of U.S. citizens will
understand China as a major player in world affairs, with a rich history and culture.
We offer resources and development through a variety of means -- summer institutes, shorter conferences and events, newsletters, and a resource library with print, audio, and visual educational materials, as well as a selection of books and curriculum materials for sale -- all with the goal of making China accessible to K-12 teachers.
African American Project
This section is still under construction, but promises to deliver a great product. The project is intended to broaden teacher and student awareness of the significance of African American thought, vision, creativity and activism in the social, political and cultural development of this nation. The project introduces K-12 teachers to the personalities, ideas, and activism of African Americans in New England who, in the 17th,18th and 19th centuries, called passionately for reform and challenged the conscience of white America. These clear and persistent voices defined and described the black experience and, indeed, helped to shape our national identity.
Mayan History Project
This interdisciplinary workshop introduces participants to Maya culture through film, original source materials and hands-on experiences readily translated for use with students. Research teams work cooperatively to develop projects demonstrating the physical and cultural geography of Mesoamerica, classic Maya city building, creation mythology, trade, mathematics, calendrics and agricultural life. The tragedy of recent Guatemalan history is emphasized through the personal stories of refugees. Mayan arts and music are introduced.
A New Look at the Old West
More multicultural goodies will be available here for social studies teachers, but so far it's hard to tell what exactly the content will be.
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