As a Master Teacher with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History (GLI), I have been asked to lead a six-week course for incoming third- through fifth graders, this summer. The program is called History Camp, and this year, there will be a 45-minute long session, once a week, to teach "campers" about National Parks in the U.S.
I've written the description for the course as follows:
Prepare for adventure! Put on your hiking boots, find your binoculars, and bring plenty of drinking water. You are about to discover some of America's greatest treasures in a trek through its national parks. You're headed to six historical and natural parks to sample what the U.S. has to offer. Connect live with rangers at the sites and learn more about your own courage, impact, responsibility, legacy, resilience, and vision along the way.
Every week, I will lead a live, online session with students from around the nation and around the world. We will look at the parks from historical perspectives, making sure to visit some of the genuine documents and images from the GLI collection. As an added bonus, I will have a guest on each broadcast - a ranger from the park up for study. Finally, every session will include a physical project or craft to awaken the spirit of the study for the students.