George Washington: C.S.I. Meets the Biography Channel
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Carla Killough McClafferty
302 Pondside Drive
White Plains, NY 10607
George Washington: C.S.I. Meets the Biography Channel
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Education: Grade(s) 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Parent, Adult Learnersteacher professional developmentPublic Library: Library Patrons civic organizations, conferences
No maximum. However, smaller groups will allow the participants to receive more interaction with the author.
International, Social Studies/History, Fine Arts, Language Arts/English, Sciences, Character Education, Technology/Information Science, Literacy, Writing, Reading, Problem Solving, Gifted & Talented, Leadership
This program is based on the book, The Many Faces of George Washington: Remaking a Presidential Icon by Carla Killough McClafferty.
Did George Washington really look like his image on the dollar bill? Mount Vernon launched a forensic examination to find out. In this interactive session, your students will consider the same questions faced by a dream team of scientists, historians, and artists who worked on the project. Searching for the real George Washington, experts considered evidence revealed in portraits and statues of the man—and studied Washington’s own dentures, hair, clothing and more. Carla Killough McClafferty will share her original research on the investigation as well as photographs from her book, The Many Faces of George Washington: Remaking a Presidential Icon. She will discuss how she used primary source research to make George Washington come to life in her award-winning book. This program demonstrates how to weave together the worlds of language arts, science, history, and art to tell an old story-in a new way.
This fun program fits the objective of Common Core State Standards as it focuses on complex text and ideas across the curriculum including language arts, history/social studies, science and technical subjects.
1. This interactive program will start with some questions such as: Describe what George Washington looked like? Why do you think he looked like this? Does your image of Washington come from the dollar bill? How do you know he really looked like this image?
2. Discuss the difference between photography images and portraits. Show different portraits of Washington by different artists.
3. Explain Mount Vernon’s plan to create three figures of Washington. Explain the forensic investigation of George Washington. Show stunning photographs of each step in the process as experts in the fields of science, technology, history and art worked together. Discuss the questions raised by their research.
4. Show primary source documents and how they are used in the book to make Washington come to life in the biography sections of the book. Discuss quotes from first person accounts that describe George Washington.
6. Discuss the popular image of George Washington in our culture. Interact with students to see if any of their perceptions of Washington changed as they learned more about his life and times.
7. Questions and answers about the project, research, or writing.
1. The participant will take a fresh look at the Father of our Country using new information gathered through a forensic investigation of George Washington that combine science, technology, history and art.
2. The participant will connect emotionally with George Washington as a real man, rather than just a green face on the dollar bill. I want to make this period of time real to them so they can imagine what Washington’s life was like—to feel his toothaches, smell his horses, and get a sense of the responsibility placed on him to create an army from a bunch of farmers, teachers, and booksellers.
3. The participant will understand they can weave together the worlds of science, history, art and language arts when they write informational text.
Common Core State Standards
Note: The presenter, Carla Killough McClafferty, is also the author of the book, THE MANY FACES OF GEORGE WASHINGTON: REMAKING A PRESIDENTIAL ICON, on which this program is based.
Teachers can use the video conference and book in the classroom in a wide variety of ways that align with the Common Core State Standards:
In conjunction with this interactive video conference, using THE MANY FACES OF GEORGE WASHINGTON: REMAKING A PRESIDENTIAL ICON as a mentor text in the classroom will accomplish the following CCSS Anchor Standards in Reading:
Key Ideas and Details
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.1 Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.2 Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.3 Analyze how and why individuals, events, or ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.
Craft and Structure
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.4 Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.5 Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.6 Assess how point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a text.
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.7 Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.8 Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, including the validity of the reasoning as well as the relevance and sufficiency of the evidence.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.9 Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.
Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.10 Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.
In conjunction with this interactive video conference, the book can be used as a mentor text as your students write arguments, explanatory texts, and narratives based on information found in the book, and by using research found in its source notes, and bibliography. Using the book in this way will accomplish the following CCSS Anchor Standards in Writing:
Text Types and Purposes
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.1 Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details and well-structured event sequences.
Production and Distribution of Writing
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.5 Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.6 Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.
Research to Build and Present Knowledge
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.7 Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.8 Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.9 Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
Range of Writing
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.10 Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
SPEAKING AND LISTENING
Following this interactive video conference with the author, class discussion about the topic and the speaker’s point of view of the topic will reinforce comprehension. Students can choose an event in the life of George Washington discussed during the video conference as a topic for a speech which will reinforce research skills, comprehension, collaboration, knowledge and ideas. This will accomplish the following CCSS Anchor Standards in Speaking and Listening:
Comprehension and Collaboration
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.1 Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.2 Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.3 Evaluate a speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric.
Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.4 Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.5 Make strategic use of digital media and visual displays of data to express information and enhance understanding of presentations.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.6 Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and communicative tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.
The video conference and book, THE MANY FACES OF GEORGE WASHINGTON: REMAKING A PRESIDENTIAL ICON, can be used to discuss standard English grammar and usage, domain-specific vocabulary words such as lasers, anthropology, taxidermy, militia etc. This could also open the discussion of founding fathers, the constitution, flags, and more. These discussions will accomplish the following CCSS Anchor Standards in Language:
Conventions of Standard English
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.L.1 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.L.2 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
Knowledge of Language
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.L.3 Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.
Vocabulary Acquisition and Use
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.L.4 Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues, analyzing meaningful word parts, and consulting general and specialized reference materials, as appropriate.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.L.5 Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.L.6 Acquire and use accurately a range of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when encountering an unknown term important to comprehension or expression.
The author will adjust each program to fit the needs of each state’s standards.
1 hour for grades 4 through 12 preferred, but will fit it to your schedule if necessary
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