'Rights and Responsibilities' subject of latest Illinois History Teacher     Send a link to a friend

[AUG. 17 , 2005]  SPRINGFIELD -- "Rights and Responsibilities" is the subject of the latest Illinois History Teacher, a free publication intended to help junior high and high school teachers present Illinois history in the classroom.

Each section of Illinois History Teacher explores a topic in-depth and then provides suggested teaching strategies, activities, test questions, maps, time lines and out-of-class research. Illinois History Teacher is researched and written by college and high school history teachers and other history professionals and is published by Illinois Historic Preservation Agency Educational Services.

"This new edition of Illinois History Teacher is a valuable resource for teaching about Illinois history," said Robert Coomer, director of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. "It offers teachers ideas about presenting this important part of the state's history in the classroom, including many materials they can use right from the book."

Sections in the new publication include "Edward Coles, Patrician Emancipator"; "Copperheads and Pike County in the Civil War"; "School Segregation in Southern Illinois -- The Alton School Case, 1897-1908"; and "Proving Guilt -- Illinois Anti-Conspiracy Laws of the Nineteenth Century." Each section contains illustrations and curriculum materials that may be used as is or adapted for use in particular classrooms.

This edition of Illinois History Teacher was written and edited by the following:

  • Thomas Best, American History teacher from Monmouth and part-time instructor on the Civil War and secondary studies at Monmouth College

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  • Don Cavallini, retired teacher from Lexington High School and currently director of outreach at Heartland Community College
  • David E. Goss, retired teacher from Ewing-Northern Middle School and author of works dealing with the Ku Klux Klan and the history of Franklin County
  • Dan Monroe, author of books about President John Tyler and the Illinois executive mansion
  • Mitchell Newton-Matza, adjunct teacher at the University of St. Francis in Joliet and author of numerous works on legal and labor history
  • Shirley J. Portwood, professor in the Department of Historical Studies at Southern Illinois University -- Edwardsville and author of numerous works on African-American history
  • Erika Schlichter, teacher of U.S. history and government at Sycamore High School
  • Walter S. Waggoner, who taught history and government for 30 years at Quincy High School and has written works on the Civil War era

Teachers who wish to obtain free copies may call (217) 785-6916 or write to:

Illinois History Teacher
Illinois Historic Preservation Agency
1 Old State Capitol Plaza
Springfield, IL 62701-1507

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