Devon Atchison

"Translating" the Text: Thoughts on Bringing Students into Primary Sources
By Devon Atchison on July 16, 2009

Is it possible to get students excited about primary sources by helping them learn how to read them properly and "translate" them into terms they'll understand better? I'm hopeful that a translation of the Declaration of Independence might help students to better understand the motivations of the Founders (and incidentally help them become better readers of primary source documents).

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"That's how you do it! That's how you debate!"...
By Devon Atchison on June 25, 2009

…Words made famous in the contemporary film, Old School, when Will Farrell's character takes on famous pundit, James Carville. While our students may not have an amnesiac moment of brilliance like Frank the Tank, they can be compelled into debate.

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Devon Atchison
Devon Atchison

I am a tenured faculty member in the History Department at Grossmont College in San Diego, California. I teach a broad range of courses in American history, including Early American History, Modern American History and Modern American Women’s History.