Need help navigating the TPS-Barat Primary Source Nexus? This brief guide will help you to quickly and easily find the teaching resources and Library of Congress primary sources highlighted on this website.
You will find links to the content categories in the Browse Content Categories box in the middle column on the homepage or under the TPS-Barat Resources menu. Each post on this blog is assigned to one of five categories.
The Primary Source Picks category features six subcategories.
- Today in History
uses specific dates in history as a starting point to chronicle people and events that have shaped our world (includes brief background information and lists of primary source sets and individual primary sources from the Library); you will also find links to daily featured Today in History collections below the Browse TPS-Barat Content box
- Primary Source Spotlight
provides links to primary source collections and other digital content from the Library based on specific themes
- Collection Spotlight
highlights the primary sources and related resources found in Library of Congress collections
- City Spotlight
highlights primary sources specifically related to individual cities in the United States and around the world
- State Spotlight
highlights primary sources specifically related to individual U.S. states
- World Spotlight
highlights primary sources specifically related to individual countries or cities outside the United States
The Teaching & Learning category features seven subcategories.
- Analyzing Primary Sources
provides guiding questions for analyzing different primary source types; also highlights best Library sections for locating particular types of primary sources
- Connecting to the Common Core
describes strategies for using primary source learning to meet Common Core State Standards and foster critical thinking skills
- Learning from the Source
provides instructions for primary source activities, lesson plans, and projects
- Literature Links
provide primary sources and teaching strategies to help students better connect to and understand literature
- Primary Source Learning
lists primary source teaching resources related to specific themes
- Selecting Primary Sources
provides guidance for selecting primary sources for use in learning activities
- Teaching Now
provides examples of how educators are using Library primary sources and teaching resources in the classroom
The Tech Tips & Tutorials category features four subcategories.
provides guidance on finding primary sources & teaching resources on LOC.gov and primarysourcenexus.org
provides ideas for integrating technology into teaching and learning with primary sources
provides instructions and strategies for accessing Library primary sources for use in teaching and learning
highlights technology tools and provides guidance for using these tools when teaching and learning with primary sources
Each post has a number of content tags associated with it. A tag could be a single word or a phrase. For example, each Today in History post contains date as well as topic tags (e.g., may, may 1, 05 01, architecture, engineering, etc.).
Click any tag to access a list of related posts. You will notice /tag/ listed in the URL; words in multiword tags are separated with one or more hyphens (e.g., http://primarysourcenexus.org/tag/washington-d-c/).
Website pages are accessed via the top menu bar.
The TPS-Barat Resources section provides access to post content categories & subcategories as well as themed link sets, which are groups of primary sources, teaching resources and additional Library digital content.
CPS Social Science Resources
resources aligned to the CPS Social Science Framework 3.0; teachers outside of Chicago Public Schools will also find some great content here as well
- Subject Areas
The TPS-Barat Teacher PD section provides information about the no-cost national and local Teaching with Primary Sources program and the TPS-Barat Train-the-Trainer program and includes a link to the TPS-Barat professional development calendar.
The TPS-Barat Info section provides a link to the TPS-Barat website, information about TPS program delivered by the Barat Education Foundation as well as a link to a U.S. Constitution game.
The LOC.gov section provides links to the Library of Congress Teachers section and Library homepage and also includes a page of Library quick links leading directly to different sections of the Library website of particular use to teachers and students.
To the right of the menu is a custom search engine that will search all content found on the TPS-Barat Primary Source Nexus; remember to put your keywords in quote marks (e.g., “north pole”) to search for an exact phrase.
Below the featured Today in History items and TPS-Barat PD Calendar on thePrimary Source Nexus homepage you can view the latest tweets by TPS-Barat. We tweet about the resources on this blog, Library of Congress resources, and information and examples of teaching with primary sources.
In the right column on the homepage you will find a variety of news. At the top we link to the latest content from the Teaching with the Library of Congress blog. Below that there is a box to subscribe to the TPS-Barat Primary Source Nexus News, a weekly e-newsletter featuring links to the best TPS and Library resources and teaching news.