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Fort Ticonderoga

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Joe Ryan or Barbara Neff at the Foundation at 914.739.0136.

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Living History:
August 14 - 19, 2011

Join a group of teachers at Fort Ticonderoga this summer with room, board and site expenses paid for by the Living History Education Foundation. Using a wealth of materials and techniques, participants will immerse themselves in the history of New York and the United States during the French and Indian and Revolutionary War periods. It includes an 18th century encampment in period dress plus a canoe or bateau experience (paid by LHEF). Teachers will utilize a cross curriculum approach with living history experiences, based on NYS standards.

Course Description:
This is a Living History study of the Lake Champlain area and is based at Ft. Ticonderoga. Using the nationally recognized Living History Program of the Living History Education Foundation, teachers will explore the rich heritage of this historic area. Participants will study the social, military, economic, geographic and cultured factors, which have shaped the history of the United States, Canada, and New York. They will utilize a cross curriculum approach with Living History experiences. Participants will plan and execute a Living History encampment. Teachers will return to their school districts to conduct staff development in the use of a “Living History Techniques. This course is designed utilizing the N.Y.S. Standards and Character Education recommendations. Elementary and Secondary Educators as well as special education, art, technology will find this “hands on” course useful. Course expenses are paid for the by LHEF (board, room, maintenance, site fee, etc.) Successful participants will have the opportunity to apply for a Living History Kit to use with their students and colleagues based on funding availability. Living History depot use can be arranged for successful participants.

Course Objectives:
Utilizing a wealth of materials and techniques, participants will immerse themselves in the history of New York, USA and Canada during the Colonial and Revolutionary Periods. This course applies the Social Studies Standards, character based Education and the Regents Action Plan. The latest brain research and “experiential learning” are factored in. Participants will learn how to apply “Living History” in their professional development and their students learning environment. Cross-curriculum applications will be explored. The collegial sharing, so necessary to the advancement of teaching, will be encouraged and incentives made available.

Requirements and Percentage of Grade:
1. Attendance and participation in all activities: Mandatory
2. Read one book or three articles: 15%
3. Keep a reflective journal for all five days: 20%
4. Teachers give me a plan for their interest center, either a
detailed drawing, schematics or list of materials and resources
at the end of course: 25%
5. A one page Living History project plan which could be part of this
interest center: 20%
6. Send me a disk of pictures or photographs of their interest center
and students or project when completed, as proof to be put in course file: 20%

Teacher Will Be Able To:
1. Develop lesson plans with a Living History approach
2. Conduct some staff development i.e. use of “Living History Kit”
3. Utilize DBQ’s of the Colonial & Revolutionary era
4. Choose classroom materials (interest center)
5. Create a Living History Experience with their students
6. See future opportunities for professional growth through the Living History Education Foundation and their own approach to study.

Learning Standards:
Standard 1: History of the United States and New York’s role plus the Canadian connection.
Standard 2: World History in its application to US History
Standard 3: Geography – maps and geographic factors in the history of the US
Standard 4: Economic – factors which bear on American History
Standard 5: Civic & Citizenship – provide for the common defense

Character Based Education – ranking and responsibility is based on the “merit and demerit system”

Sample Itinerary From a Previous Fort Ticonderoga Course:

Sunday: Orientation and Dinner – 5 PM to 10 PM 5 hours
Monday: 8 AM to 5:30 PM - Fort Ticonderoga Introduction to Fort Staff, Thompson-Kill Research Center, Fort Ticonderoga in the Seven Years War and American Revolution, Using Primary Sources with Students, Loyalist or Rebel simulation, Mt. Defiance tour, Reading the landscape defense and inter-connectedness, life of a Revolutionary War soldier introduction.
5:30 PM – 10 pm Dinner and evening sessions
Revolutionary War Weapons 14 hours

Tuesday: AM – 5:30 PM – Using Museum Exhibits, Flag Raising ceremony, Role of Music, Fife and Drum Corps performance, Musket and Artillery demonstration, Women’s Role, Canoe trek on La Chute River, Field Fortification,
5:30 to 10 PM Dinner and evening sessions Private Yankee Doodle 14 hours

Wednesday: 8 Am to 10 PM - 18th Century dress all day and overnight encampment, drill, camp set up, Native American experience, exploring Fort Ticonderoga, collections, artifacts and manuscripts. 18th Century Medicine, 18th Century Cooking, Lantern Tour of Carillon Battlefield 14 hours

Thursday: 8 AM to 5:30 PM – Strike camp, storage and care for Living History materials Visit Crown Point Historic Site with guided tour, 18th Century Baking, 18th Century Clothing and construction, making materials with your students.
5:30 PM to 10 PM Dinner and How to evaluate Living history programs charter based education (merit/demerit system, ranking, fund raising 14 hours

Friday: 8AM to 2 PM – Creating interest centers, funding sources, wrap up session, course evaluation. 6 hours

Total contact hours: 67+ - note all meals are taken in common.

Target Audience:
Regular Education, Art, Music,
Technology, and
Special Education Teachers,
Grades K-12

Joseph J. Ryan,
Blue Mountain MS (retired)
Living History Veteran
LHEF President
Neil Murray
LHEF Master Teacher

August 14, 15, 16 17, 18, 19, 2011 (45+ contact hours)
August 14 starting time: 5:00 pm; August 19 ending time 2:00 pm

Teacher Center:
The Hudson River Teacher Center

Fort Ticonderoga
100 Fort Road
PO Box 390
Ticonderoga, NY 12883

Credit Options:
3 graduate credits SUNY Plattsburgh
In-service credit based on district policy

$300 payable to PNW BOCES
Registration is required by June 17, 2011. Registration is limited to
22. Event partners: Center for the Study of Canada at SUNY Plattsburgh,The Hudson River Teacher Center, The Living History Education Foundation, and PNW BOCES.

Fort Ticonderoga - The Story of a Fort
Rabble in Arms - Kenneth Roberts
The Invasion of Canada - Pierre Burton
The Musket and the -Cross

The following are available from Manuscripts and Publications Research Division, Parks Canada - may be purchased at sites visited.
The Role of Fort Chambly in the Development of New France, 1665-1760 by Cyrille Gelines. Cat. No. R64-139/1983E
The Militia of the Battle of the Chateauguay: A Social History by Michelle Guitard. Cat. No. R6l-2/9-4E
Tommy Atkins: The British Soldier in Canada 1759-1870 by Carol Cat. No. R64-81/1981-56E
The Role of Artifacts in the Study of Foodways in New France 1720-60
Cat. No. R64-81/1981-52E
The Soldiers of Isle Royale by Allan Greer. Cat. No R64-81/1979-28
The British Indian Department and the Frontier in 1755-1830
by Robert S. Allen. Cat. No. R61-2/1-174

Private Yankee Doodle by Joseph Plumb Martin, Acorn Press, 1962.

Saratoga Campaign by Colonel John Elting.
March to Saratoga by Harrison Bird, Oxford Press, 1963.
American Rebels - Personal Narratives of the American Revolution.
Edited by Richard M. Dorson, Pantheon Press, 1953.
Real Life American Revolution by Stan Marks, Avon Books, 1994.
The Tide Turns by Donald Burr Chidsey, Crown Publications, 1966. Scholastic Book Service, 1975.
Moving On USA - history resource packet - SUNY, 1976.
Historic Places of the American Revolution - NPS, US Government, 1975.
Landmarks of the Revolution in New York State by David C. Thurheimer,
NYS Department of Commerce, 1976.
The Black Minority in Early New York by David Kobrin, NYS Ed., 1975.
Twin Forts of the Popolapen by Carr & Koke - Palisades Park Commission,
Longhouse Diplomacy and Frontier Warfare by William T. Hogan - NYS Ed, 1976.
The Spirit of'76 by Carl Becker-NYS Ed. Dept., 1971.
West Point and the Hudson Highlands in the American Revolution by Col. John H. Bradley, West Point Press, 1976.
The Spirit of Seventy-Six by Commager & Morris, Bobbs-Merrill Co., 1958.
Revolutionary War Medicine 1700-1800 by Keith Wilbur, Globe Pequot Press, 1983.
Picture Book of the Continental Soldier by Keith Wilbur, Stockpole Books, 1969.
Revolutionary War Manuscripts in the New York State Library editor Stefan Bielinski, NYS Ed., 1976.
The Book of the Continental Soldier by Harold Peterson, Promontory Press, 1968.
The American Revolution: Three Views by Kristol, Diamond, Nutter, American Brands, Inc., 1975.
New York in the American Revolution - A Bibliography by Milton M. Klein, NYS American Revolution Bicentennial Commission, 1974.

All materials and supplies will be funded by the Living History Education Foundation

*The LHEF is funded through grants made possible by NYS Parks, former Governor Pataki’s Administration, Entergy Corp, and Malcolm Gordon Charitable Trust/Open Space Institute.

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