Virginia Studies

THINKING HISTORICALLY ABOUT VIRGINIA

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Recertification Syllabus

45 Recertification Points

Teaching Assistant: Nate Sleeter

Instructor: Dr. Kelly Schrum


Center for History and New Media 4400 University Drive, MSN 1E7 Fairfax, VA, 22030-4444

Virginia Studies is an online course designed for Virginia social studies teachers. In this course, teachers will explore Virginia’s past by examining everyday objects, images, and texts. Each of these primary sources will address a different period in Virginia history. There are no in-person class meetings; all course work is completed online through the course website.

Course Structure

The course is designed as a series of seven online modules. The first module focuses on historical thinking; the remaining six modules are centered on primary sources in history. In each module, you will complete activities that allow you to engage in the historical inquiry process and provide opportunities to think about classroom applications.

Course Requirements

Students enrolled in Virginia Studies are expected to work through each module and complete all required assignments. Modules are due by stated deadlines and all work must be completed by December 5. If a participant falls more than two modules behind the due dates as stated on the syllabus, they may be dropped from the course at the instructor's discretion. Assignments in each module include:

  1. Introduction: Write a hypothesis about the primary source's role in history.
  2. Resources Section: Explore other resources that reveal the story hidden behind each source.
  3. Connections Essay: Read a short essay to learn more about the topic.
  4. Rethink: Reflect on what you have learned and respond to the question posted.
  5. Classroom Connections: Reflect on classroom applications.
  6. Wrap-up: Read what other teachers have posted on the topic.

Course Schedule

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Date Requirement
September 14 Course Begins
September 26 Complete Module 1 (Historical Thinking Skills)
October 5 Complete Module 2 (Virginia Geography)
October 17 Complete Module 3 (Native Peoples)
October 26 Complete Module 4 (Colonial Virginia)
November 7 Complete Module 5 (Revolution and New Nation)
November 16 Complete Module 6 (Civil War Era)
December 5 Complete Module 7 (20th-Century Virginia)


Important:

  1. Course fee will be refunded only for participants who drop before the course begins (September 14).
  2. If a participant falls more than two modules behind the due dates as stated on the syllabus, they may be dropped from the course at the instructor's discretion.

Recertification Points