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Upcoming Free Workshops

The Museum is pleased to offer a rotating series of free workshops for educators to support their work in the classroom. 

An actor depicting James Forten. He has a rope and is wearing a hat. He is glancing away from the camera
Oct 27
 

James Forten: Growing up in the Revolution

October 27, 2021 from 7-8:30 p.m.
What was it like to grow up during the Revolution? Join Museum educators as we discover the story of young revolutionary James Forten and how he – and other children and teens – experienced this turbulent time.
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A painting hangs above a display case of corresponding artifacts in the Liberty exhibit.
Nov 17
 

Historical Art and Objects as Teaching Tools

November 17, 2021 from 7-8:30 p.m.
Educators are invited to join this free workshop as we examine paintings of historical events alongside objects from our special exhibition, Liberty: Don Troiani’s Paintings of the Revolutionary War.
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Dec 15
 

Signs and Symbols of the American Revolution

December 15, 2021 from 7-8:30 p.m.
Educators are invited to join this free workshop as we encounter specific examples of 18th-century imagery and consider how signs and symbols can be used both as a pathway to historical content and a bridge to the contemporary era.
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Stand-Alone Workshops

The following workshops can be scheduled for your school or district, and can take place on-site at the Museum or at your location. In-museum workshops include access to the core exhibit. Virtual workshops are also available.

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Signs and Symbols of the American Revolution

Students encounters signs and symbols hundreds of times a day; visual imagery is constantly used to communicate ideas, create in-groups and sell products. The same was true in the Revolutionary Era. Through analysis of the images and objects of this time, students can see signs, symbols and other imagery as a language that can be read to understand mid-to-late 18th-century America, while practicing close looking skills, making inferences, substantiating arguments and evaluating multiple perspectives. In this session, educators will encounter specific examples of 18th century imagery and consider how signs and symbols can be used both as a pathway to historical content and a bridge to the contemporary era.

The Deborah and London Tableau figure at the Finding Freedom interactive in the galleries.
 

African Americans in the American Revolution

On the eve of the American Revolution, one-fifth of British North America’s residents were people of African descent. What did their lives look like during the Revolutionary Era, how were they impacted by the Revolution, and how did they themselves shape how the new nation came into being? Teachers will leave this session with both an overview of African American lives during the Revolutionary Era as well as specific resources for incorporating these stories into their classrooms.

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Making the Revolution Relevant

We can all agree that the American Revolution is important for students to learn about, but how do we make the events and ideas of two centuries ago feel relevant in the modern world? Participants in this workshop will engage in targeted exploration of museum galleries or replica artifacts and images, analysis of primary sources and discussion with their peers and museum staff to come up with classroom-focused ideas for meaningfully tying the revolution to the present day.

Customize Your Workshop

With adequate time, we can work with you to design a new workshop that best meets your educators’ needs. For more information, email education@amrevmuseum.org.

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Teacher Resource Guides

Use our modular materials – including thematic units, high-quality images, contemporary connections, and provocative questions – to round out your students’ visit.
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Mini Lesson Plans

The Museum offers a growing list of free, downloadable lesson plans that explore topics including the role of museums, types of revolutions, and the people, causes, events, and repercussions of the American Revolution.
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Virtual Distance Learning Programs

Explore the Museum's new and exciting virtual distance learning programs for the new school year and learn how to book yours today.
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