Writing Biographies for Young People

Colorado Humanities, the Social Studies Department of Denver Public Schools, and the Colorado Historical Society announces Writing Biographies for Young People, a fall teacher institute for elementary school teachers and media specialists, specifically those with an interest in the Colorado Humanities Young Chautauqua Living History program. This institute is open to all DPS elementary school teachers/media specialists who want to learn how to research and write historical biographies for students in the elementary grades, specifically for Colorado History (Unit 2).

The institute will occur on three separate Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Each session will include 3 hours of instruction and group work and 2 hours of library research at each of the three library locations. The first session will be held at the Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library, the second session at the Denver Public Library Western History Genealogy Department, and the third session at the Colorado History Museum Library.

Workshop sessions will be led by UCD history professor and Young Chautauqua coach Jim Walsh; author, storyteller and Chautauqua performer, John Stansfield; and children’s book author Vivian Sheldon Epstein.

Participants will do research and write a 3- or 4- page double-spaced biography of a Colorado historical figure in appropriate reading language for elementary age students. Participants will select illustrations and other appropriate documentation to accompany the finished biography. When finished, all biographies will be printed, bound and become part of a larger library of resources for students wanting to learn about Colorado historical figures.

Teachers/media specialists who successfully complete a biography according to the class requirements will receive a $200 incentive. Teachers may earn 3 credits toward relicensure and/or graduate level history credit. Teachers may also choose to receive a DPS PDU credit. In addition, you will be recognized as the published author of the biography when the biographies are converted to trade books. Your biographies will also be made available to all. For more information please contact Betty Jo Brenner at 303-894-7951 x 17 or Brenner@coloradohumanities.org.

1 June 2009 - 12:00am - 30 June 2009 - 12:00am
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