Spend some time at Yorktown? Yes, please.
Here is the location where the end of the Revolution began. Here is the location of a significant British surrender. Here is where Hamilton and Lafayette led attacks on redoubts that defied the odds (Hamilton with unloaded guns). I've seen "Hollywood" portrayals of the events, but to walk on the grass and to smell the soil of this battleground will be a special experience for me at this year's Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute. I shall not take this experience lightly.
7–8:00 a.m. Breakfast
8:15 a.m. Bus to Yorktown
9 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Yorktown A tour of the Customs House, the National Park Service museum and battlefield, followed by time at Surrender Field for reflection and journaling.
12–12:40 p.m. Bus to Williamsburg
12:45–1:45 p.m. Lunch
1:45–2:45 p.m. Meet a Person of the Past: James Madison Through and beyond the American revolution, James Madison served in the Virginia House of Delegates, as a Council of State, on the Second Continental Congress, as a congressman, as U.S. Secretary of State, and two terms as U.S. president. Join him as he recounts leading the fledgling nation and navigating the challenges the of the new millennium.
2:45–3:00 p.m. Break
3–4:00 p.m. Challenges of the Nineteenth Century Analyze primary sources to learn more about the issues faced during the 1800s, uncover competing perspectives, and present the gathered information. Explain how competing sets of values fostered tension and conflict throughout the nineteenth century.
4–4:15 p.m. Break and Travel
4:15–5:15 p.m. Teaching with Objects and Images Tour the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg and explore many of its objects. Gain strategies for using objects and images in the classroom.
5:15 p.m. Museum Exploration Time
Dinner on Own