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Index of all Curriculum Units, 1978-2010

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Since the Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute began its work in 1978, hundreds of teaching units have been prepared by dozens of teachers on scores of themes. The 192 volumes containing the teaching units are a treasure trove of ideas and procedures for teaching English, History, Social Studies, the Languages, the Arts, Mathematics, and Science in elementary, middle, and high schools. A list of these volumes appears on the Directory of Volumes page of this website. The very bulk of the material, however, made it somewhat tiresome to search through all the volumes to unearth the gems of special interest to the searcher. Therefore, in the summer of l985, James Vivian, Director of the Institute, commissioned the preparation of a topical index to all units written from 1978 through 1985. In 1986 and annually from 1989 through 2009, the units written more recently were added. The result of that original commission and the subsequent updates follow over the next pages.

First a defining word or two and then a suggestion about using the index.

Each teaching unit is designated by three two-digit numbers. For example, the form "04.01.09" refers to the year the unit was written (2004), the volume number (1) for the seminar in which the unit was developed, and the chapter (9) in that volume where the unit appears. The indexers decided not to indicate whether the units were primarily for elementary school, middle school, or for high school classes. It has seemed—and teachers have often said—that a great many of the units, regardless of their originally intended audience, are readily adaptable for use across a wide range of grades.

To make the index easier to use, four typefaces differentiate among main categories and their subheadings. Major headings appear in large boldface type; minor headings are in italics; first subheadings are in standard typeface; and second subheadings are in bold italic type. An example is provided below:

................Civil Rights
........................ Brown v. Board of Education
................................ 04.01.09

Some major categories are lengthy and may cover several pages. Therefore the reader may sometimes need to search through preceding pages to find the major heading.

Now a suggestion. No index can be prepared to everyone's satisfaction, especially with regard to the number of specific topical entries and with regard to cross-referencing. The index that follows has assumed an open and explorative reader. Take only one example. The number of entries under "Connecticut" may seem surprisingly low; however, there are relevant entries under "New Haven CT" and under several disciplinary headings (e.g. Ecology). We urge the users of the index to take an open attitude in searching the index for units of interest to them. The alternative, the indexers feared, would be an index so long and cumbersome as seriously to reduce its usefulness. For instance, almost all units present exercises on Reading, Writing, and Teaching Methods, but we have refrained from listing all units under those encompassing headings.

New approaches to subjects along with their new terminologies somewhat complicate the search process. The 1996 index, for example, introduced the major heading of "Multiculturalism," an increasingly common term in a variety of contexts. As all the units under that heading date from 1996 through 2005, a hasty search may give the impression that the Institute had produced no units pertaining to multiculturalism prior to 1996, which is most definitely not the case. Consider, for example the Reference List updated in 2004 that listed over 400 Institute units on teaching about diversity and community. Many older units which would be indexed under "Multiculturalism" today can be found by searching the appropriate subheadings under "Art," "Ethnicity," "History," and "Literature," among others. Again, we recommend that users of this index should search under several key words and be alert to the shifting of terminologies over time. Because the index is a constantly growing document, we invite all comments to help the indexers continue to build the most useful list they can.

Copies of the curriculum units indexed here are deposited in all New Haven public school libraries; related materials for classroom use may be obtained by contacting the Teacher Institute School Representatives. Guides to the units written in each year and reference lists showing the relationship of the units to school curricula are also available from the Institute. An electronic version of these curricular resources—including this index—is accessible by connecting to the Institute's World Wide Web site (http://teachersinstitute.yale.edu). Teachers who use these units may submit comments on them at http://teachers.yale.edu.

Finally, then, a word of appreciation to all the individuals who have worked on the index: Ellen Barber, Josiah H.Brown, Margaret Davey, Donna Del Buco, Jeff Dolven, Carla Eckhardt, William Kessen, David Leonhardt, John Long, Stephanie Reid, John R. Savoie, and Dawn Volkman.

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