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Chelsea Simens
Click to view contentWill you be in NYC in early February? Don't miss the opportunity to hear renowned author, Colin Calloway, speak at the historic Fraunces' Tavern!The Indian World of George Washington — Fraunces Tavern Museum 
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Suzanne McCormack
The topic for this week’s blog came to me in a dream: I was handing out a 10-page exam to students in US History II when I realized I did not have enough copies for the entire class. I ran back to my office to print more but could not find the file on my thumb drive. Gone. Lost forever. I was left with a terrifying question: how would I assess… (Show more)
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Suzanne McCormack
I grew up in Plymouth, Massachusetts. As a child there in the 1970s and 1980s I was bombarded with colonial history. So much so that when I chose history as my undergraduate major I stayed far, far away from courses on Colonial America and focused instead on those that covered post-Civil War society and politics. I took only one class in colonial… (Show more)
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Suzanne McCormack
As our country considers the fallout of this week’s midterm elections, I find myself engaged in an internal dialogue about what goes on in my classroom day-to-day.   Prior to November 6th my students appeared to be of two minds: either they were committed to voting OR they were completely disinterested. Admittedly, the latter perspective has… (Show more)
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Suzanne McCormack
Next semester I will be on sabbatical. Instead of teaching five classes, I will dive headfirst into a research project that has been taking shape for three years now. A new research project is a great big unknown, which is a little bit terrifying. This week’s blog will be the first in an occasional series that focuses on historical research and… (Show more)
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Suzanne McCormack
Instead of class discussions, lectures, or assignments, this week I’m thinking a lot about students and time management.   We are five weeks into our fall semester and several of my classes are currently working on short (4-6 page) research papers. For many of my students this assignment is the first time they have conducted research at a college… (Show more)
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Suzanne McCormack
Google “the American Dream” and you will be met with links to countless articles offering perspectives on what constitutes success in the United States today. When I ask students in my US History II courses to define the “American dream” the first response is almost always “rags to riches.” As they flesh out the the definition, however, the… (Show more)
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Lisa Smith
Credibility Credibility is a term that has been used in most cases to describe an actual appearances of information that have significant influence to the receiver of a message. It involves competence, character, composure, and sociability of the information (Xiang and Gretzel 183). To attain credibility, sources of information should be reliable…
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Suzanne McCormack
Some of the most thought-provoking primary sources I use in United States II are videos available to us all via the world wide web. I feel fortunate to teach in a time when so many great resources are available for us to share in our classrooms. Here are a few that have provided my students with visual records of the past while stimulating quality… (Show more)
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Suzanne McCormack
As a conversation starter on the first day of classes I always ask what my students did during our three month academic break. A summer job or extra hours at their year-round place of employment are the most common answers. Some take a summer class or two, occasionally a student will have traveled somewhere interesting. When they ask me the same… (Show more)
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