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Toolbox Structure

The TOOLBOX is divided into five TOPICS. (Example is from "The Triumph of Nationalism / The House Dividing.")
TOOLBOX TOPICS
Common
Man
Domesticity Religion Expansion America
in 1850

For each Topic you will find a set of TOPIC FRAMING QUESTIONS —broad overarching questions to help direct your discussion.
TOPIC FRAMING QUESTIONS
1. What -
2. How -
3. In what way -
4. Compare -

Within each Topic you will also encounter a RESOURCE MENU, a list of texts with explanatory notes from which you will create your seminar syllabus (adding texts suggested by your colleagues and consultants).

When you click on a Resource Menu title, you will go to that text's READING GUIDE. There
the explanatory note is repeated, followed by DISCUSSION QUESTIONS designed to guide your reading of each text and to prompt conversation in the seminar itself. You may also find READING HIGHLIGHTS, various elements within a text that we thought worth pointing out.




RESOURCE MENU Text 1. E. S. Phelps.
"The Angel over the Right
Shoulder," 1851.
Explanatory note.

Text 2. Caroline Gilman.
"The Planter's Bride," 1838.
Explanatory note.

Text 3. Catherine Beecher.
A Treatise on Domestic
Economy
, ch. 1, 1841.
Explanatory note.



READING GUIDE Text 3. Catherine Beecher.
A Treatise on Domestic
Economy
, ch. 1, 1841.
Explanatory note.

Discussion Questions
1.
2.
3.
4.
Reading Highlights
1.
2.


The five topic RESOURCE MENUS, with their Explanatory Notes and Reading Guides, will be valuable planning tools. They will give you a sense of what you will find in the texts and how each text relates to its topic. During the planning process, using a text's explanatory note and discussion questions, you should be able to decide if you want to include that text in your seminar syllabus.



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