This CAIS blog curates best practices for the teaching and learning skills required to delve into the very compelling and complex history of Connecticut. The PBL challenge from 2015-16 was Connecticut’s role in the Underground Railroad. The challenge for the 2016-17 year is for PBL learners to investigate the story of freedom and slavery in each community during the pivotal year of 1774. For more about this year’s challenge, read this blog post: https://caisctpbl.wordpress.com/2016/07/14/what-happened-in-your-town-during-the-pivotal-year-of-1774/

Email Bill Sullivan bsullivan@suffieldacademy.org to become an author on our blog. Who can join? Any student (grades 5-12) from Connecticut or any student interested or connected in some way to the history of the Underground Railroad in Connecticut. A whole class can join for a 7-14 day unit (or longer) or an individual student can research one or several topics for a project or an independent study. Sharing what we learn about Connecticut’s Underground Railroad on the blog will help us cross-reference content, primary sources, as well as effective research methods. The essence of project-based learning is to have investigators share what they learn and show how they did it, and this public history venture (blog) will help us compose a more complete history of this regiment’s accomplishments and sacrifices. Join today!

UndergroundRailroadMap.StrothersWhat’s in your backyard? Explore and add content to our central blog, which will host primary and secondary sources to synthesize our focus, such the 1838 Charter Oak Newspaper, Horatio Strother’s seminal work, and new revelations of about Connecticut’s most important (and mostly unknown) abolitionist, David Ruggles. Can your students make connections to Strother’s map on the left?  Click here to learn more about CAIS: http://www.caisct.org/RelId/33637/ISvars/default/Home.htm


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