Integrating the National Archives with Technology, Economics and U.S. History

Professional Development



  • 07/14/2014
  • 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • National Archives, One Bowling Green, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10004
  • Presenter: Chris Zarr, National Archives and Steven Day, Director, Virginia Commonwealth Center for Economic Education


  • National Center Workshops

GRADES: 9-12


  • General Economics

Challenge and engage your students by asking compelling historical questions such as, “Why did the 13 American colonies prosper, when they had little to offer economically?” Help them formulate their answers by providing examples of primary documents from the National Archives which comply with the C3 Frameworks.

Participants will leave with:

  • A copy of Focus: Understanding Economics in U.S. History, which uses a unique mystery-solving approach to teach U.S. economic history.
  • Primary documents from the National Archives that complement the lessons in this publication.
  • An understanding of how to use the National Archives to enhance classroom instruction.
  • An understanding of how to use EconEdLink, a database of 1000 plus lessons and 200 videos to supplement their existing curriculum.
  • Integration of archival documents to create Document Based Questions (DBQ’s) for classroom presentations.
  • Tips for differentiating lessons for ELLs and students with special needs.
  • 12 Continuing Education Units (6 per day).
  • Lunch provided.

Who Should Attend?

High School Social Studies teachers


This workshop is scheduled to take place on July 14 & 16, 2014.

Visit the Economics in U.S. History website at to learn more about the publication and how it could enhance your curriculum.


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