Last of the Mohicans: Early American History and Literature **NOTE: Only 5 seats remain in this summer institute**

Course Number: EDU 5515 C10
Instructor: Rich Strum, Director of Education, Fort Ticonderoga
Location: Silver Bay Conference Center & Fort Ticonderoga, New York
Dates and Times: Sunday, July 23 from 7 pm - 8:30 pm, Monday, July 24 from 8:45 am - 5 pm & 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm, Tuesday, July 25 from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, Wednesday, July 26 from 8:30 am - 5:30 pm, Thursday, July 27 from 8:45 am - 5 pm, Friday, July 28 from 8:30 am - 1:30 pm
Credits: 3 credits
Tuition: $700

Note: Please register directly with Rich Strum, Director of Education at Fort Ticonderoga. Only 5 seats remain in this summer teacher institute. If accepted into the institute, Rich Strum will give you the link to Castleton's online registration form. Direct questions to Rich Strum at rstrum@fort-ticonderoga.org.

Course Description

A three-credit course for teachers participating in the Fifth Annual Fort Ticonderoga Teacher Institute “Last of the Mohicans: Early American History and Literature” July 23-28, 2017.

Course Objectives

• To understand the multiple perspectives of the French & Indian War (Seven Years’ War).
• To compare the depiction of historical events related to the 1757 siege of Fort William Henry in The Last of the Mohicans to the actual events as they unfolded historically.
• To dig beneath the stereotypes to learn about the motivations of British regular soldiers, Provincial soldiers from the British colonies, French soldiers, and their Native allies.
• To understand the global role Ticonderoga played in the French & Indian War.
• To understand the role of geography in colonial warfare in North America, utilizing 18th-century maps and the historic landscape at Ticonderoga as an example.
• To appreciate how opposing forces maintained and supplied vast armies in remote locations like Ticonderoga.
• To use critical thinking, literacy skills, historical thinking skills, and where possible, interdisciplinary connections in creating lesson plans and/or units of study related to Ticonderoga and the French & Indian War (especially ELA connections).
• To learn how historical documents, maps, and artifacts can be utilized to facilitate learning about the French & Indian War.

Course Expectations

• Identify a lecture or presentation that changed your thinking on a matter related to the differences between the historical and literary approach to examining the 1757 siege of Fort William Henry. [two-page response]
o How did the session impact your thinking about the French and Indian War?
o How will you translate the information learned to your students in an engaging manner?
• Create four lesson plans (lessons can be stand-alone or a unit of study) related to Fort Ticonderoga and the French & Indian War utilizing your state standards, the Common Core State Standards (primarily related to ELA and Social Studies), and the C3 Framework.
o Identify primary sources and apply the various pedagogical methodologies learned during the week to analyze these sources with students and incorporate these practices into your lesson plans. You must use at least three sources.
All assignments are due by September 15, 2017, and ideally will be submitted electronically, though hard copies will be accepted.
o Discuss your reasons for selecting the sources and what you expect your students to learn about Fort Ticonderoga and the French and Indian War through their analysis of these primary sources.
o Describe how you would use one of these strategies to model historical thinking skills with your students.
• Do either of the following:
o In a five-page paper please describe the connections between The Last of the Mohicans and the French & Indian War (especially 1757). How can this book be used in class? How can sections of the novel be used to compare with the primary source record.
o Create a lesson using the theme of “betrayals” as discussed in Ian Steele’s book Betrayals: Fort William Henry and the ”Massacre.” Analyze how the perception of being betrayed impacted the different participants in the siege of Fort William Henry. did the British feel betrayed by the French? The Indians by the French? The Provincials by the British? How did the Provincials and British feel betrayed by the French?

Required Texts

Ian K. Steele, Betrayals: Fort William Henry and the “Massacre”
James Fenimore Cooper, The Last of the Mohicans

Schedule

FORT TICONDEROGA TEACHER INSTITUTE
July 23-28, 2017
Schedule subject to change

“The Last of the Mohicans:
Early American History and Literature”

Sunday
3:00-5:00 Arrival at Silver Bay and Check-In
6:00 Welcome Dinner (at Boat House at Silver Bay)
7:00 Welcome, Orientation, and Introductions; graduate credit component from Castleton University overview & assignments
Monday—Topic/Theme
8:15 Depart Silver Bay for Mount Defiance
8:45-9:15 Mount Defiance Overview—introduce concept of waterways of war/warpath of nations
9:15-9:30 Travel from Mount Defiance to Thompson-Pell Research Center
9:30-11:30 Primary Source and Artifact Activity at the Thompson-Pell Research Center
11:30-11:45 From Thompson-Pell Research Center to Mars Education Center
11:45-1:00 Last of the Mohicans and American Literature with Joan Wry from St. Michael’s College (session one)
1:00-1:45 Lunch
1:45-3:00 Orientation Tour of the Site
3:15-4:00 Introduction to Using Primary Sources and Objects with Students
4:00-5:00 Museum Classroom Activity
Evening Dinner included at Silver Bay/viewing of Last of the Mohicans
Tuesday— Topic/Theme
8:00 Depart Silver Bay for Fort Ticonderoga
8:30-9:15 Fort William Henry and the 1757 Campaign with Jon Parmenter from Cornell University (session one)
9:15-10:15 “How we know what we know” about French soldiers at Carillon
10:30-12:00 Cruise onboard the Carillon on Lake Champlain.
12:00-12:45 Lunch
12:45-2:00 Last of the Mohicans and American Literature with Joan Wry from St. Michael’s College (session two)
2:00-2:30 Artillery Demonstration
2:30-3:00 Exhibitions Tour (“The Last Argument of Kings”)
3:15-4:30 Fort William Henry and the 1757 Campaign with Jon Parmenter from Cornell University (session two)
Evening Dinner included at Silver Bay and evening activity
Wednesday— Topic/Theme
8:30-9:45 Last of the Mohicans and American Literature with Joan Wry from St. Michael’s College (session three)
9:45-10:30 Waterways of War in the 18th-Century activity
10:30-11:45 Fort William Henry and the 1757 Campaign with Jon Parmenter from Cornell University (session three)
11:45-12:30 Lunch
12:30-1:30 Teaching with Documents and Literature
1:30 Depart Fort Ticonderoga
2:00-3:30 Chimney Point State Historic Site
3:30-5:00 Crown Point State Historic Site
5:00 Return to Silver Bay from Crown Point
Evening Dinner included at Silver Bay with evening activity
Thursday— Topic/Theme
8:00 Depart for Fort Ticonderoga
8:45-9:45 Debrief on field trip with related classroom applications
9:45-10:30 Fort William Henry and the 1757 Campaign with Jon Parmenter from Cornel University (session four)
10:30-11:30 Debate/Discussion on Ian Steele’s four “betrayals”: Natives, French, Provincials, British
11:30-12:30 Using Video Clips to Teach about the French & Indian War
12:30-1:15 Lunch
1:15-2:30 Last of the Mohicans and American Literature with Joan Wry from St. Michael’s College (session four)
2:30-4:30 Project Research time
4:30-5:00 Introduction to Early 19th-Century History of Ticonderoga
Evening Dinner included at Silver Bay with evening activity
Friday— Topic/Theme
8:00 Leave for Fort Ticonderoga
8:30-10:00 Northern Tour and Ticonderoga
10:00-11:30 Pavilion Tour with Matt Keagle
11:45-12:45 Project Preview Presentations, Institute Wrap-Up, Resources for Teachers
1:00 Graduate Students session as needed

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