MacArthur Memorial Workshop

The MacArthur Memorial and the Virginia War Memorial are offering two workshops this month focusing on MacArthur and WWII.  These workshops are aligned to VA SOL’s, have no registration fee, include lunch, and are eligible for recertification points.  The workshop on June 21st is in Richmond at the Virginia War Memorial, and on June 30th at the MacArthur Memorial in Norfolk.  The workshop in Norfolk will also include a behind the scenes tour of the Memorial and archives.  Both workshops are from 10am to 3pm.  Registration should be submitted by June 14th.  Check out a flyer MacArthur Teacher Institute 2011 or sign up for the workshops at  I’ve talked with the people at the Memorial and they are very helpful and I’m sure this will be a fantastic and beneficial workshop.

Voices of the Civil War from Pilotonline

The Virginian Pilot has a special section to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.  It began this past Sunday, and an additional section will be added each week through May 8th.  There is a timeline by year, with images, text, and letter/diary entries from various perspectives.  There are also audio readings of letters or diary entries from various people, including a Confederate soldier, an abolitionist, and a Union soldier.  There might be something here that will help out during the SOL review period, so it’s worth checking out.

Civil War at Smithsonian

My copy of Smithsonian Magazine arrived in the mail yesterday, and it focuses on the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.  So I decided to see what kinds of online resources they had that might be of use in a classroom.

If you visit their website, they have a timeline which is organized by year, as well as collections from the portrait gallery on various Civil War related topics.  Each topic includes a photo as well as relevant information.  There is also a link to the National Postal Gallery, which has some information on Civil War letters.  The portrait gallery collections I think would be useful to share with students, especially since it includes all of the information you’ll need for each piece.

For Love of Liberty

A new resource was recently introduced to us by the folks at “For Love of Liberty:  The Story of America’s Black Patriots.”  These are great resouces that cover the role of African Americans in each war from the Revolution to the Middle East. 

The facilitator guides (for high school and college) have been posted on the High School page, along with links to each video that accompanies the guide.  The videos are brief, and the guides are organized by each war.  Each lesson contains general information, important facts, a brief video, and questions.  The lessons are not long and would be a great addition to the information that is already taught. 

Check out the high school page for this great resource.  USI and USII teachers, the information could be shared with your students as well, as each lesson has important and interesting facts that could easily be incorporated into your lectures.

Geography Idea

Since most everyone starts the year off with geography, here’s a site where students can create their own airline tickets.

 airline ticket

Brian McKee, a TRT who works with John Tyler, Churchland Elementary, and Brighton had a few suggestions for questions to go along with the activity.  Each student could have their own airline ticket with a destination city, and then using a bulletin board with a map(s) they could answer the following questions: 

  • Here’s your “airline” ticket…go to the bulletin board and find your city (geography)
  • What continent is your plane flying to?
  • Writing activity:  Imagine that this is your real airline ticket.  Write in your journal about what you would take with you on the plane
  • Find the longitude and latitude of your city
  • What famous person is from your city?
  • What (SOL event) happened in your city?
  • What region of the U.S. is your city in?
  • Math:  How many miles is it to your destination?  Kilometers?

It could be used throughout the year as you move through the SOL’s, if you assign students destination cities such as Boston, Saratoga, Vicksburg, etc.