This course will meet online with both synchronous and asynchronous sessions.

Registration Fee: $975 (includes 3 graduate credits from Castleton University); $500 without graduate credit

Dates & Times:

  • July 12, 14, 19, 21: Zoom sessions: 4:00 – 5:45 p.m.
  • July 22: August 6 Asynchronous discussions and office hour appointments
  • August 4: Critical friends work-in-progress session
  • August 15: Final Project Due

The course is offered by the Flow of History in collaboration with the Hood Museum of Art. It is a methods course especially for U.S. History teachers in grades 5 – 12. Teachers will work with primary sources and both historic and contemporary art to recenter the curriculum, elevating underrepresented cultures and voices, prompting courageous conversations, and developing skills for analyzing and interpreting art with students. Participants will develop a final project creating or reworking a unit using art and primary sources to highlight multiple histories

This course will be delivered in a mixed format of in-person Zoom sessions, independent work, and individual mentoring through scheduled office hours.

Course Goals:

  1. To learn and practice visual literacy strategies with art and primary sources
  2. To learn how to use art and primary sources to spark inquiry
  3. To learn how to use art and primary sources to prompt courageous conversations

Course Objectives:

  • Consider how to re-center the history curriculum, elevating underrepresented voices
  • Consider how to help students become engaged citizens, empathetic leaders, and agents of change.

Required Readings/Texts:

Course Schedule:

July 12: Overview of Using Primary Sources and Art to Amplify Voices

  • Zoom Session: 4:00 – 5:45 p.m.
  • Historical Era/Theme: The Founding Fathers and Slavery
  • How can we help students wrestle with the value tensions of freedom vs equality?


July 14: Strategies for Reading Primary Sources and Engaging with Works of Art

  • Zoom Session: 4:00 – 5:45 p.m.
  • Historical Era/Theme: New England Colonial Settlement


July 19: All Art Was Contemporary Once

  • Zoom Session: 4:00 – 5:45 p.m.
  • Historical Era/Theme: Westward Expansion
  • What is the long-term impact of “manifest destiny” on Indigenous Peoples today?
  • What is the nature of progress?


July 21: Creating Counter-Narratives

  • Zoom Session: 4:00 – 5:45 p.m.
  • Historical Era/Theme: Reconstruction
  • What is the long-term impact of stereotypes and racism on America today?
  • How do we elevate counter-narratives for students?


July 22 – August 6: Independent Project Time: Course instructors will be available during office hours to assist in finding sources and considering the skills students will need to analyze them.

August 4: Work-in-Progress Session

Zoom Session: 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. (If we have a big group there may be a choice of dates/times.)

Participants present work-in-progress with structured feedback

August 15: Projects Due


  1. Actively participates in all in-person sessions (20%)
  2. Completes all asynchronous work between in-person sessions (40%)
  3. Final Project Due August 15, 2021 (40%)


Final Project Instructions:

Participants develop a final project that uses a combination of primary sources and art to elevate underrepresented voices and make more connections to the present day.

The project should include the compelling questions, at least one primary source and one work of art (preferably from the Hood) that connect, and the supportive materials students will need to successfully complete a summative assessment. These might take the form of specific visual thinking strategies, discussion protocols, or graphic organizers.