Grant Overview
CIA (Constitutional Investigators in Action)

Name of Grant

Teaching American History

Acronym For Grant

CIA (Constitutional Investigators in Action)

Amount of Funding

$1,000,000

Length of Funding

3 years

Beginning and End Dates

July 1, 2008 – June 20, 2011

Source of Funding

U.S. Department of Education

Districts Served

Bowling Green Independent, Elizabethtown Independent,

Grayson County, Logan County, Hardin County, Hart County,

Meade County, Russellville Independent, and Taylor County

Numbers of schools served

17 rural elementary schools

Number of students served

Number of teachers participating (if applicable)

22

Grade Levels served

5th grade Social Studies

Project Personnel

George Wilson, Project Director

Sandra Baker, Director for Instructional Programs

Dr. Jana Kirchner, Project Coordinator

Dr. Andrew McMichael, Historian, Western Kentucky University

Carla Judd, Master Teacher Hart County Schools

Marietta Napier, Master Teacher

Terri Stice, Director of Technology

Project Evaluator

Dr. Tony Norman, Western Kentucky University

Contact Information

Dr. Jana Kirchner, Project Coordinator Green River Regional Educational Cooperative 230 Technology Way Bowling Green, KY 42101 Phone: 270.563.2113 Fax: 270-563.2208 Email: jana.kirchner@grrec.ky.gov

CIA (Constitutional Investigators in Action) - Major Grant Components

Major Grant Components
  • 2 week summer teacher institute with a field study at historic sites
  • 4 follow up professional development days including content and strategies
  • 1 day summer Teaching American History Conference for all GRREC schools
  • Teaching history as a mystery strategy using primary sources
  • Mystery lesson plan development
  • Creation of artifact trunks
  • Digital movie-making projects using FLIP cams
  • TCI History Alive - http://www.teachtci.com/
  • Literacy integration in social studies classrooms
  • Educational Technology training
  • Presentation opportunities at KCSS and NCSS conferences
  • Quarterly Teacher Team Meetings
  • Teacher reflection logs about grant implementation
  • Site visits observations of grant implementation
  • Yearly evaluation of grant objectives

CIA (Constitutional Investigators in Action) - Products of Work

Lesson Plans

Title of Lesson: How Did American Cultures in Early America Interact to Solve Problems?

Submitted By: J.D. Duncan, James Foster, and Deborah Strubler

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Title of Lesson: How did changes in communication, technology, and transportation impact daily life? (for additional movie file to accompany this lesson contact Jana Kircher at 270.563.2113)

Submitted By: Linda Bottoms, Penny Gaskins, Norma Simpson

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Title of Lesson: How did Georgraphy Affect the Economy of the Colonies?

Submitted By: Tracy Gibson and Kelly Taylor

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Title of Lesson: How did inventions of the Industrial Revolution impact the 18th and 19th centuries?

Submitted By: Shelly Haun, Rachelle Grey

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Title of Lesson: How did people resist slavery?

Submitted By: Shelly Greene, Karen Hughes, Mandy Browning

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Title of Lesson: How did the Constitution resolve America’s problems?

Submitted By: Renee Defevers, Sheila Williams, and Angela McIntyre

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Title of Lesson: How do the separation of powers and checks and balances protect against an abuse of power by one branch of government?

Submitted By: Tracy Gibson, Chris Kirkwood, J.D. Duncan, Barbara Rowland

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Title of Lesson: How is the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution important to you?

Submitted By: Loretta Fleming, Lauren Urton, Shelly Greene, Karen_Hughes

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Title of Lesson: How Were Tools Used in Colonial AMerica to Take Care of Business

Submitted By: Kristin Pierce, Nichele Galloway, Allison Helm

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Title of Lesson: How Would a Natural Disaster Affect Colonial Tradespeople?

Submitted By: Pamela Harned, Karen Hughes, and Laura Vaught

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Title of Lesson: What are the myths and realities of how slaves escaped to freedom on the Underground Railroad?

Submitted By: J.D. Duncan, Chris Janes, Barbara Rowland

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Title of Lesson: What are your rights and what protects those rights?

Submitted By: Debi, Laureen

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Title of Lesson: What caused the Civil War?

Submitted By: Renee Defevers, Sheila Williams, Angela McIntyre

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Title of Lesson: What Caused the Revolutionary War?

Submitted By: Susan Dyer, Laureen Laumeyer, and Heather Roach

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Title of Lesson: What geographical feature had the greatest impact on who won the Civil War?

Submitted By: Deborah Strubler and Laureen Laumeyer

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Title of Lesson: What impact did the environment and the Native peoples have on their journey?

Submitted By: Michele Galloway, Allison Helm, Kristin Pierce_

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Title of Lesson: What promoted and restricted human settlement after the American Revolution?

Submitted By: Rachelle Grey; James Foster; Shelly Simpson

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Title of Lesson: What Types of Games did Children in Colonial America Play?

Submitted By: Penny Gaskins, Norma Simpson, Joan Tinnell, Sheri Turpin

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Title of Lesson: What Types of Tools and Technology did Colonists use?

Submitted By: Penny Gaskins, Norma Simpson, Joan Tinnell, Sheri Turpin

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Title of Lesson: What was daily life like for a slave in the 1800s?

Submitted By: Allison Helm, Michele Galloway, Kristin Pierce

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Title of Lesson: What was Punishment like in Colonial Days?

Submitted By: Penny Gaskins, Norma Simpson, Joan Tinnell, Sheri Turpin

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Title of Lesson: What were the advantages of the Union and Confederacy during the Civil War?

Submitted By: Penny Gaskins, Norma Simpson, and Linda Bottoms

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Title of Lesson: Why did Europeans & Africans come to the colonies?

Submitted By: Rachelle Grey and Shelly Simpson

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Title of Lesson: Why were the Jamestown colonists starving?

Submitted By: Renee Defevers, Shelia Williams, and Angela McIntyre

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