The Mini-institute on this topic, The Birth of the Republic, 1763-1789," was held on October 25, 2013. The purpose of this wiki page is to allow those who attended the opportunity to pool resources and ideas gleaned from that institute. Feel free to post lesson plans, project ideas, or other ways that you have integrated the material or methods learned at this day's sessions into your classroom. What worked, or did not work? What materials have you discovered were most helpful? Or least helpful? What material (photos, documents, videos, etc) do you wish you had more of? And who has found some to recommend?

If you have never used a wiki before, do not worry. Many have not! Just click on the icon above that says "EDIT" to begin adding your contributions to this project. Do not forget that creating a classroom project based on these institutes, and being observed during the project, can all count towards the completion of your Professional Development Plan (PDP).


Miranda Clark, the Director of the Center for Children's & Young Adult Literature at the University of Tennessee's School of Information Science has provided the following bibliography listing the best of both fiction and non-fiction titles on this period in American history that can be used in the classroom.



Lamination front-Lloyd Branson, The Gathering at Sycamore Shoals, Courtesy of Tennessee State Museum, Nashville

Sycamore Shoals Lamination Back:

Early Tennessee Activities:

Early Tennessee Sources:

I bought a book called The United States of Appalachia by Jeff Biggers in the bookshop that has two great chapters on Watauga and the Battle of King's Mountain- Rebecca Byrd

Thomas Paine Activities:

Graphic Organizer: Analyzing Persuasive Writing:

Thomas Paine's, Common Sense (1776) [excerpts]:

Thomas Paine's, The Crisis (1776-1783) [excerpts]:

Thomas Paine Teacher Resource Information Sheet:
"The pen is mightier than the sword:" Thomas Paine's Common Sense, The Crisis, and Persuasive Writing PPT:

All participating teachers received a copy of Edmund S. Morgan's, The Birth of the Republic, 1763-89 as well as Gordon Wood's Revolutionary Characters: What Made the Founders Different.
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The children's literature books that teachers received included: Jim Murphy's, A Young Patriot: The American Revolution as Experienced by One Boy and Rosalyn Schanzer's, George vs. George: The American Revolution as seen from Both Sides.

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All participating teachers received a copy of both Common Core booklets (produced by TN History for Kids).
Journey of the Adventure and other stories of Tennessee History is written primarily for students in elementary and middle school grades (with Lextile numbers between 710 and 850). Just as Free as I am targets middle and high school grades.


All participating teachers received a copy of a grade specific textbooklet produced by Tennessee History for Kids.
Each booklet align with the recently approved 2014-2015 Tennessee Social Studies Curriculum. Fourth grade participating teachers will receive a copy of Whole Nations Melt Away: The Volunteer State through 1850 & all Eighth grade participating teachers will receive Fire poured into our very faces: The Volunteer State through Reconstruction.