January 26, 2015

Featured Source: Round the World with Nellie Bly

Round the world with Nellie Bly--The Worlds globe circler

Zoom into a more detailed image of this source. Explain what you can determine about Nellie Bly just by looking at this source (be sure to point out the details that support your findings). Read the following articles to learn more about Nellie Bly, Jules Verne and Elizabeth Bisland. Describe what you learned. Nellie Bly from America’s Library “Bly and Bisland.” The St. Paul Daily Globe (St. Paul, Minn.), December 16, 1889 (left column) Play the game with some friends. Then use a … [Read more...]

February No-Cost Training: Teaching with Primary Sources Level 1

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Our current online workshop is going so well, we decided to do it again in February. TPS-Barat will offer free educator training on teaching with primary sources from the Library of Congress digital collections. This online professional development training will cover finding and accessing Library resources as well as adapting and implementing primary source activities. The virtual workshop will feature independent work at school/home, including work before the first of three one-hour … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Has the war ruined the country?

Has the war ruined the country?

Read the headline and the four lines of text just under the headline. Then look at the footer text at the bottom of this page. Who do you think was the audience for this broadside? Explain the reasoning behind your conclusion. (Hint: If you need help answering this, there is one particular word that you should research.) What can you learn about the evidence referenced in this broadside just by looking at the diagrams? (Don't read the text below the diagrams yet!) Access a larger version … [Read more...]

Presidential Spotlight: Lyndon B. Johnson

Pres. L.B. Johnson signs the 1968 Civil Rights Bill

Lyndon B. Johnson oath of office Nov. 22, 1963 image and audio file Lyndon B. Johnson inauguration primary source set Jan. 20, 1965 Vice President Johnson Was Assigned the Task of Unifying the U.S. Satellite Programs Jun. 24, 1961 from America's Library Retreat from Armageddon? Khrushchev, Kennedy, Johnson and the Elusive Quest for Peace webcast Judgment Days: Lyndon Baines Johnson, Martin Luther King Jr. and the Laws That Changed America webcast Master of the … [Read more...]

Library of Congress Spring 2015 Educator Webinars

Spring 2015 webinars

The Library of Congress is hosting a series of free one-hour webinars focusing on using the Library’s digitized collections to meet curriculum content and skills standards. The webinars will generally be held every on Thursdays at 4:00 ET but look below for exact dates and registration information. More complete descriptions of the spring 2015 webinars and registration information can be found in the professional development area on the Teachers section of the Library website or by … [Read more...]

Analyzing Primary Sources: Shake & Source Newspaper Game

Shake & Source Newspaper Game Sheet

This is a guest post by Ruth Ferris, an elementary school librarian from Billings, Montana, and a grantee in the TPS Regional Grant Program. Ruth is sharing the Shake and Source Newspaper Game procedure, instructions, and materials under a Creative Commons CC BY-NC 4.0 license. I developed the Shake and Source  when I created the lesson “Montana’s State Flower:  A Lesson in Civic Engagement” as an Educator Resource for the Montana Historical Society and recently adapted the game for more … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Civil Rights

Civil rights march on Wash DC

Teaching resources NAACP primary source set with teacher guide Baseball, Race Relations and Jackie Robinson Baseball, Race and Ethnicity: Rounding the Bases Learning from the Source: I Have a Dream Image Sequencing Civil Rights Act of 1964 educator webinar recording The Civil Rights Act of 1964: A Long Struggle for Freedom Idea Book for Educators Online exhibitions African American Odyssey: Civil Rights era With an Even Hand: Brown v. Board at Fifty The NAACP: A Century … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Office Boy Board Game

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The curator notes for this source read: Parker Brothers produced the 1889 board game Office Boy during the heyday of Horatio Alger's popular stories of plucky lads reaching success through hard work and determination. The player can advance from stock boy to sweeping out and on to head of sales, trying to avoid carelessness, which will send him back to reprimand. The lucky winner becomes head of the firm. Write a definition of the word "plucky" using the context of the sentence and clues from … [Read more...]

Today in History: Missions of Old California

California missions

Today in History–January 12–the Library of Congress features the missions of Old California. On this date in 1777, Padre Thomas Peña founded Santa Clara de Asís, the eighth of California's twenty-one missions. The first mission—San Diego de Alcala—was founded in 1769 by Padre Junípero Serra, who also oversaw the founding of the next eight, and the last—San Francisco de Solano—was founded in 1823.  The missions dotted the California coast from San Diego to Sonoma along El Camino Real (the Royal … [Read more...]

Finding Resources: Creating a Google Custom Search Engine

TPS-Barat Primary Source Nexus Google Custom Search Engine

Do you have a class website or web page? If you do and you love Library of Congress primary sources as much as we do, here's a way you can provide your students with direct access to all the fantastic resources compiled on the TPS-Barat Primary Source Nexus teaching resource blog. Simply add a custom Google search engine to your website or web page. It's really quite easy and only takes a few steps as you will see when you watch this great, quick video tutorial by Richard Byrne of Free … [Read more...]