As a California native growing up in the 1980's I LOVED this part from Pee Wee's Big Adventure!
I just returned from three days in North Texas working with several districts and their adoption of the some incredible materials for their elementary Social Studies teachers.
Many of the districts in Texas are receiving, due to this adoption, the Texas Exploring Social Studies materials. I was lucky enough to go out there to help them walk through these resources and in my 7 years of travelling and presenting for TCM, I don't think I have ever seen such a wealth of resources bundled together. From primary source documents, to reader's theater, to professional resources like Reading and Writing for Social Studies, Texas hit the jackpot with some fantastic resources.
Here is the link if you would like to see what this entails. www.teachercreatedmaterials.com/social-studies/texasess
I spend the time working with the teachers on how to use the products and to see the emphasis that, at all levels, the analysis of primary sources is key learning about social studies.
And to top it all off, I was able to see some history myself. I got to visit the Sixth Floor Museum (http://www.jfk.org) and experienced all details around that fateful day on November 22, 1963.
(Full disclosure... I respected the museum's wish to NOT take photos of the sixth floor, but you may ask, 'how did you get the images of the boxes where Oswald was perched and the view down to the street'? Well, the view down was from the 7th floor where you CAN take photos and the boxes pic was not mine.... found it on Flickr!)
I have watched and read so much about this day... lone gunman vs conspiracies, and oh, the grassy knoll. That term is part of our lexicon and even parodied so much... anyone remember these from The Simpsons and Seinfeld?
But being able to stand there in both the locations of the gunman and the target was both emotional and powerful while also bringing up all those same questions.
In the end though, I kept thinking the big What If, (the one we always do in Social Studies) What If Kennedy was never shot?
How different would have WE been? How the 60's and 70's played out with Vietnam, Watergate, Civil Rights, and others may have all been different if it wasn't for just this one day.
But I am home now, but starting to prep and pack as I am off again on a whilwind EF tour with 42 students and chaperones to France and Germany!
And as Pee Wee said so many years ago... Au Revoir Simone
Here are some of my photos I took along the way (oh, and yes that is a Coors Light billboard... mmmm, love me some of that Rocky Mountain brew!)