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Dear Fellows,

Laura Mitchell here from Washington, D.C.  Special hello to the 98 group
-- seems like ages since we were all together in July.

I wanted to report that I had a chance a few weeks ago to share
information about our various projects and our July symposium with a
group of museum educators here in town.  They offered some interesting
feedback which I found useful and hope you will, too.

The group was enthusiastic about the many creative approaches to using
primary sources in the classroom in progress among the AMFs.  They
wondered, though, if other teachers would be able to easily replicate
our lesson plans without the benefit of being an AMF and without having
a content expert to consult.  They asked the following types of
questions:

Will teachers who find lesson plans at the LOC's web site be able to
search the collections effectively?
Will they have sufficient contextual knowledge to help students
understand and interpret the primary sources?
Will they know where to go for help?

Several constructive suggestions came out of those questions.  The group
I met with said that they would like each finished lesson plan to
include annotated bibilographies, fully developed "walk-you-through-it"
examples,  and cheat sheets about specific pitfalls.

Overall, I thought these were good suggestions, and so I pass them on to
the group.

Best,
Laura