Kansas Teachers Win National Lesson Competition

Teaching Our Documents: A National History Day Lesson Competition for Educators

WASHINGTON – June 8, 2004 – The National Archives, National History Day (NHD) and Siemens announced today that Donna Sharer, an 11th grade history teacher at Northeast High School in Philadelphia, is the high school division winner of the 2004 "Teaching Our Documents: A Lesson Competition for Educators."

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Sharer’s winning entry is a cross-curricular lesson titled "The legacy of Indian Removal (1830-1840)" that engages students in an evaluation of President Andrew Jackson’s 1830 message to Congress on Indian removal. The students learned about court cases, acts of congress, and treaties that were the result of President Jackson’s actions. Students also learned about the concept of “manifest destiny” and the relationship between settlers and indigenous people. Sharer’s students used Power Point to present their research.

Archivist of the United States John W. Carlin, Vice President of Government Affairs for Siemens Patricia Sherman and USA Freedom Corp Director of Public Liaison Therese Lyons will recognize Sharer at the NHD awards ceremony on June 17 at 8:30 a.m. in Cole Field House at the University of Maryland. NHD will publish Sharer’s lesson in the 2004-2005 "Our Documents Teacher Sourcebook.” She will receive a commemorative plaque and attend the National Archives "Primarily Teaching Workshop.”

"These lesson plans will contribute immeasurably to the excitement of learning about history. We are delighted to have teachers be a part of the National History Day competition and congratulate the winners," Carlin said.