ERIC Number: ED326458
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
Madison, Montpelier, and The Constitution: A Field Trip Experience for Students. Elementary Program.
Biermann, Melanie; And Others
The key to a successful field trip is planning. This publication, designed to provide guidelines for elementary school teachers, outlines the step-by-step experience of a participatory visit to Montpelier, the home of James Madison. A prefatory article by constitutional authority A. E. Dick Howard, called "James Madison and the Constitution," provides background information for the teacher. The first step in preparing students for the experience is the showing of an introductory videotape about Madison and his role as chief architect of the U.S. Constitution. Scripts for role-playing during the house tour, called "I Was There!" allow students to meet eight historical figures, influential in that time, and to role play one of them during the tour. The second part of the field trip experience concerns rights and resonsibilities and focuses on constitutional issues today. Again, students play the parts of participants in a constitutional controversy as a docent leads the discussion. The program is designed to be interactive, with students actively shaping their field trip experiences. An 11-item bibliography is included as are all activity materials (maps, timelines, activity sheets, vocabulary lists, and constitutional highlights). (NL)
Publication Type: Historical Materials; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Students; Practitioners
Sponsor: Commission on the Bicentennial of the United States Constitution, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Trust for Historic Preservation, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Madison (James); Montpelier (Madison Home); United States Constitution
Note: For the middle school and secondary programs, see SO 030 057-058.