Bicentennial lessons

Randy Foster (right) gives a lesson plan on World War I music to 20 teachers taking part in the Alabama Bicentennial Summer Institute this week in Eufaula. Here, Foster addresses the teachers at the Carnegie Library.

Twenty teachers from all across the state went through a three-day Alabama Bicentennial Summer Institute: Small Voices of Alabama event held this week in Eufaula. The lessons were one of six such events in Alabama.

The teachers were given lesson plans for their students beginning with the next school year. Alabama turns 200 years-old on Dec. 14.

The facilitators of the local institute were Tina Shiver and Michelle Teat.

On Monday, June 24, the teachers took Antebellum field trips to Shorter Cemetery, Fendall Hall and Shorter Mansion. They also were given a lesson in Slavery in Alabama by Kelly Kennington and a Gamification seminar by Taylor Weeks.

On Tuesday, there was a field trip to Washington Street Methodist Church, a history of Eufaula’s cotton boom by author David Alsobrook, a 3-D card illustration lesson from Sally Chambliss, and more history lessons.

On Wednesday, Mike Hamrick gave what was called a Southern Architectural Tour, and there were more lessons on WWII, including its music (lesson by Randy Foster) and a Deliberation Guide by Aaron Carpenter.

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