The National Park Service has published a Teaching with Historic
Places (TwHP) lesson plan entitled, "Floyd Bennett Field: Naval Aviation's Home in Brooklyn".
The Task Force wrote
the lesson plan in cooperation with Park Service staff. TwHP is an educational program of the National Register of Historic
Places, and the plan is available on their web site (see link below).
The lesson plan covers the World War 2 era--when
Naval Air Station New York (Floyd Bennett Field) was the busiest naval airfield in the country and played its most important
role in our nation's history. The lesson plan features maps, photographs, readings and learning activities; and it will be
available at no cost to educators and schools all across the country.
TwHP has developed lesson plans; guidance on
using places to teach; information encouraging educators, historians, preservationists, site interpreters, and others to work
together effectively; and professional development publications and training courses.
Real historic places generate
excitement and curiosity about the people who lived there and the events that occurred there. They offer experiences and information
that help make the past real for anyone who visits or studies them. Rooted in this certainty, Teaching with Historic Places
promotes places as effective tools for enlivening traditional classroom instruction.
Teaching with Historic Places
lesson plans turn students into historians as they study primary sources, historical and contemporary photographs and maps,
and other documents, and then search for the history around them in their own communities. They enjoy a historian's sense
of discovery as they learn about the past by actively examining places to gather information, form and test hypotheses, piece
together "the big picture," and bridge the past to the present. By seeking out nearby historic places, students explore the
relationship of their own community's history to the broader themes that have shaped this country.
By using places
listed in the National Register to "bring history to life," educators can help students connect social studies, history, geography,
and other subjects to their own lives. Students not only learn better, but also come to appreciate the value of the nation's
cultural resources. TwHP materials guide teachers, historians, historic site specialists, and others through this process.
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