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Artifacts & Fiction is a video-based professional development workshop designed to help new and experienced teachers teach American literature in its historical and cultural context. Through videos, hands-on activities, and print and Web-based resources, Artifacts & Fiction guides users through the process of expanding their classroom practices by pairing cultural and historical artifacts with works of literature. This approach can heighten students' analytic skills and help them develop a deeper understanding of course material. The workshop is geared primarily to high school teachers, although middle school teachers or college instructors will find they can adapt the approach to their classrooms.

Artifacts & Fiction was developed through a partnership with the National Council for Teachers of English Assembly on American Literature. All materials in the Artifacts & Fiction project were supervised by an Advisory Board led by Jennifer West Brotherton, Academic Director. For information on how to use workshop videos and this web site, or for further information about the workshop series, read the Workshop Overview. To get an overview of the Artifacts & Fiction Web site, view the Site Map.

Advisory Board

Jennifer West Brotherton - Academic Director began teaching in the fall of 1995 at Timberline High School in Lacey, Washington, where she taught ninth-grade English and 12th-grade AP literature classes for four years. She received her M.A. in English from Portland State University in the Spring of 2001. She has taught composition at Portland State University and Mt. Hood Community College, and she designed curriculum materials and taught courses for distance learning programs in the Portland State University English department. She returned to Timberline High School this year where she currently teaches 10th-grade world literature and 12th-grade AP literature.

Laura Arnold Leibman - Lead Advisor is an associate professor of English and humanities at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. She teaches courses in Native American literature, Jewish American literature, and ethnic American poetry. She has been the recipient of Fulbright, NEH, and Culpeper grants, and she is working on a cultural edition of Experience Mayhew's Indian Converts. She also served as a lead academic advisor to American Passages. Laura is featured in Workshop 5: Domestic Architecture.

Lois Leveen - Lead Advisor has taught courses in multicultural American literature at UCLA and Reed College. She has designed and delivered professional development workshops on teaching with technology and on addressing race in the middle school, high school, and college classrooms. She is an editor of The Heath Anthology of American Literature and a primary investigator in the Visible Knowledge Project, a five-year national study on educational uses of information technology. In addition to serving as a lead academic advisor on Artifacts & Fiction, she contributed materials to this guide, to the Web site and appears in the computer lab segments of Workshop 5: Domestic Architecture and Workshop 8: Ceremonial Artifacts.

Rebecca J. Downey - Advisor, North Thurston School District, is a former Advanced Placement history and ninth grade history teacher from Timberline High School in Lacey, WA. Currently, she is a Teacher On Special Assignment (TOSA) for the North Thurston School District, where she coordinates the mentor program, as well as organizing other secondary curriculum. Prior to leaving the classroom to work with the district office, Becky taught for twenty-five years and is a former National Milken Educator.

Susan L. McGinty - Advisor, Eastern Washington University, is a professor of English and the Co-Director of Secondary English Education at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Washington. She teaches courses in American literature, women's literature, and Secondary English Education. She was the first Foseen-Kusaka Scholar invited to give lectures on American women in literature at Mukogawa Women's University in Nishinomiya, Japan. She received the PTI Award for Excellence in Teaching at Eastern Washington University. Dr. McGinty has published numerous articles on American literature, on teaching literature, and on teaching English at the secondary and college level. She has been the Co-chair of The Assembly on American Literature, an affiliate of The National Council of Teachers of English, since 1989, and she was one of the founding members of that assembly. In that capacity she has presented for AAL at NCTE and has been the program chair for 14 years. She is also a Folio Reviewer of university and college English Education programs for NCTE and NCATE. She was the president of the Inland Northwest Council of Teachers of English for two years and a member of the advisory board for 11 years. She works as an English department liaison to secondary English teachers in the public schools in Spokane and Eastern Washington, and she has conducted a writers' camp for young writers in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho for 20 years.

Steve Boyarsky - Evaluator, Southern Oregon ESD, earned his bachelors degree in Environmental Sciences from Huxley College at Western Washington University. He earned a masters degree in education from Western Oregon University and spent 18 years as a high school biology teacher. He has coordinated professional development for teachers in a three-county region in Southern Oregon, and annually selects and coordinates thousands of professional-development hours for teachers in content areas, teaching methodology, classroom assessment, and instructional technology. Along the way Steve was recipient of several teaching honors including Albert Einstein Congressional Fellowship, Oregon Biology Teacher of the Year and NASA Teacher-in-Space candidate. Currently Steve is Assistant Superintendent of Southern Oregon Education Service District in Medford Oregon.


Oregon Public Broadcasting
OPB is a public broadcasting station experienced in educational content development and delivery. OPB's staff has expertise in both traditional and new media approaches to formal education, community outreach, and television production. OPB has produced several integrated media Annenberg Media projects: AMERICAN PASSAGES: A Literary Survey, a 16-part series (video/web/print) that explores American Literature in its cultural context, and REDISCOVERING BIOLOGY a 13-part series (video/web/print) that presents new developments in biology. In the past, OPB has produced for Annenberg Media a 12x30 science telecourse, UNSEEN LIFE ON EARTH: AN INTRODUCTION TO MICROBIOLOGY; and A WORLD OF ART: WORKS IN PROGRESS, a ten-part series on contemporary artists. OPB has also produced other educational video series and digital materials in association with South Park Productions to accompany several McGraw Hill textbook publications.

Among PBS stations, OPB is the third largest provider of prime-time specials programming to PBS. Some of OPB's recent national credits include LIFE 360, the first new weekly series to be commissioned by PBS in 10 years, produced in partnership with ABC Nightline; CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL (6x60) and BACK TO THE FLOOR (6x30), both international co-productions for prime time broadcast in the summer of 2002; and recent productions WEST POINT (1x90); ELECTRIC MONEY (2x60); GREAT LODGES OF THE NATIONAL PARKS (4x60); and the MILLER TWINS (1X60.)

National Council of Teachers of English
The National Council of Teachers of English is devoted to improving the teaching and learning of English and the language arts at all levels of education. Since 1911, NCTE has provided a forum for the profession, an array of opportunities for teachers to continue their professional growth throughout their careers, and a framework for cooperation to deal with issues that affect the teaching of English. NCTE's mission statement as it appears in the NCTE Strategic Plan (8/90):

"The Council promotes the development of literacy, the use of language to construct personal and public worlds and to achieve full participation in society, through the learning and teaching of English and the related arts and sciences of language."

NCTE has over 60,000 members and subscribers in the United States and other countries. Individual members are teachers and supervisors of English programs in elementary, middle, and secondary schools, faculty in college and university English departments, teacher educators, local and state agency English specialists, and professionals in related fields. Anyone interested in advancing English language arts education is welcome to join the NCTE membership community.

The Assembly on American Literature, formed in 1989, is an affiliate of the National Council of Teachers of English. AAL has presented sessions dealing with teaching American literature at the National Council of Teachers of English Convention yearly, as well as at regional and state English conferences. AAL also sponsors a publication, "This Is Just To Say," that publishes critical articles on American literature two to three times a year.

AMAZING! Web Development
AMAZING! is a full-service Web development team which has been building dynamic, information-driven Web sites since 1995. Through experience with Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, the Oregon Department of Human Services, Oregon Public Broadcasting and other non-profit and governmental agencies, AMAZING! has developed skills and experience unique in the Web community. They work extensively with non-profits because of a belief in education and outreach work, reflecting that belief in their mission statement:
AMAZING! is dedicated to building a better world, one Web site at a time.

Project Credits

Executive in Charge of Production: John Booth
Executive Producer: Meighan Maloney
Academic Director: Jennifer West Brotherton
Producer/Writer/Narrator: Ryan Lepicier
Production Media Manager: Catherine Stimac
Production Assignment Manager: Joshua Wolfe
Production Manager: Doug Brazil
Associate Producer: Heather Chambers
Production Coordinator: Mary Hager
Videographers: Danny Bronson, Thom Dentler, Corky Miller, Chris Nolan, John Patzer and Dave Spangler;
Editors: Bruce Barrow, Pamela Chipman, Nick Fisher, Al Herberholz, Lisa Suinn Kallem, Chris Nolan, John Patzer, Jerry Pratt and Dave Spangler
Field Audio: Thom Dentler, Cindy Hogan, Randy Layton, Spence Palermo, William Ward, James Wilder-Hancock
Web Design and Production: AMAZING! Web Development, LLC
Video Graphics Design: Key Frame FX
Additional Graphics: Ryan Vanderzanden
Copyeditors: Jennifer Ingrahm and Joanna Present-Wolfe
Director of Production Services: Milt Ritter
Manager of Production Scheduling: Bill Dubey
Director of Engineering Information: Dave Fulton
Production Assistance: Sharon A. Jones
Volunteers: Patty Mamula and Barbara Liles

Special Thanks

The Producers would like to extend a special thanks to those who contributed research, resources or other services to the project
The Catlin Gabel School
Jefferson High School
Portland State University
Reed College
River Ridge High School
Sandy High School
Skyview High School
Southridge High School
St. Mary's Academy
Timberline High School
W.W Norton & Company

Archive materials appearing in the workshops are from the following resources:

Workshop 1: Visual Arts
The Warner Collection of Gulf States Paper Corporation
Architect of the Capitol
Archiving Early America
Art Institute of Chicago
Charles Banks Wilson
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Harriet Beecher Stowe Center
Independence National Historical Park
Judith F. Baca
Library of Congress
Monticello/ Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Inc.
National Archives & Records Administration (NARA)
National Gallery of Art
Portland Art Museum
Reynolds House, Museum of American Art
Social Law Library, Boston
The Detroit Institute of Arts
The New York Public Library
The Walter O. Evans Collection of African American Art
Worcester Art Museum
Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Workshop 2: Politcal History
California History Room, California State Library
Library of Congress
Lowell National Historical Park
National Archives & Records Administration (NARA)
North Carolina Division of Archives and History
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC, U.S.A.
National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, Behring Center
The Ohio Historical Society
University of California at Berkeley, Bancroft Library
University of Oklahoma Press
University of Virginia Library

Workshop 3: Social History
Chris Lowe Collection
Library of Congress
National Archives & Records Administration (NARA)
Princeton University Library
Rare Book Collection, Atkins Library, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library, Duke University

Workshop 4: Oral Histories
Library of Congress
Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library, Duke University
University of Virginia Library
Victor Manuel Perez-Zubeldia

Workshop 5: Domestic Architecture
Cornell University Library, Making of America Digital Collection
Jones Library
Library of Congress
Monticello/Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Inc.
Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR
National Archives & Records Administration (NARA)
Peter Hales
The University of Arizona Press
University of Vermont
Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale Collection of American Literature

Workshop 6: Cultural Geography
Documenting the American South, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries
General Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin
Library of Congress
National Archives & Records Administration (NARA)
New York State Historical Association
Peter Hales
The Warner Collection of Gulf States Paper Corporation, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Viking Penguin, a division of Penguin Putnam Inc.

Workshop 7: Ritual Artifacts
American Museum of Natural History
Annenberg Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Pennsylvania
Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities
Catherine Stimac
David Watters
Detroit Institute of Arts
Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco
Library of Congress
Museum of Northern Arizona Photo Archives
Portland Art Museum
Wesleyan University Press
Worcester Art Museum

Workshop 8: Cermonial Artifacts
Catherine Stimac
Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery, Reed College
Kenji Kawano
Library of Congress
Portland Art Museum
University of Washington Libraries, Manuscripts, Special Collections, University Archives Division

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