May 27, 2015

Today in History: Wild Bill Hickok

Life and marvelous adventures of Wild Bill, the scout

Today in History–May 27–the Library of Congress features James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok, born on this date in 1837 in Illinois. Hickok was involved in the Kansas free state movement and was a scout and spy for the Union during the Civil War. Later he held a number of positions in law enforcement. Find out more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more resources related to this legendary marksman. "Wild Bill" Hickok images Life and Marvelous … [Read more...]

Teaching Now: Predicting & Inferring with Primary Sources & Literature

Mrs. Heckart Next to the Predict and Infer Board

This is a guest post from elementary teacher and adjunct university instructor Kimberly Heckart, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. “I developed the Predict and Infer Strategy to help students develop historical comprehension skills while comparing, contrasting, and evaluating information from primary sources related to a particular time period. This strategy motivates students to predict the relevance and meanings of sources and then discover information that will help them make sense of the sources … [Read more...]

Today in History: Bill “Bojangles” Robinson & Tap Dancing

Portrait of Bill Robinson

Today in History–May 25–the Library of Congress features Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, born on this date in 1878. Orphaned in early childhood, Robinson started dancing at a young age and went on to become a legendary jazz tap dancer. Learn more about this mesmerizing entertainer by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below for primary sources related to Robinson and tap dancing. Bill "Bojangles" Robinson Was Born from America's Library Bill "Bojangles" Robinson … [Read more...]

Analyzing Primary Sources: Elementary Image & Text Analysis Sheets

Image Analysis KWL Chart

Primary sources engage all students—elementary, middle and high school. Below are some worksheets to help elementary students, in particular, to analyze primary source images and texts. These worksheets were created by TPS-Barat and master teacher Kimberly Heckart, who teaches third grade at Prairie Ridge Elementary in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Elementary Social Studies Methods at the University of Iowa. Kim whose accolades include Elementary Social Studies Teacher of the Year for both the Iowa and … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Chinese Citizenship in Hawaii

Chinese Citizenship in Hawaii

This 1906 newspaper article quotes a 1904 magazine editorial, which sums up the "widely prevailing sentiment against the Chinese immigrant laborer in the United States." Make a list of the arguments for the "defense of our political antagonism to the Chinaman". The first page of the newspaper article responds to three arguments. Choose one and summarize the comparisons and contrasts the journalist highlights between the Chinese immigrant experience in mainland America and Hawaii. Now read … [Read more...]

Today in History: Johns Hopkins

Ceiling detail, the Johns Hopkins University seal, at the William H. Welch Medical Library, the library of the Johns Hopkins Hospital

Today in History–May 19–the Library of Congress features Johns Hopkins, born in Maryland on this date in 1795. Hopkins had to quit school at age 12 to work the family farm but he went on to become a very successful businessman. He used his fortune—$7 million at the time of his death—to found Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Find out more about this this man and his legacy by visiting the Today in History section, then check out related primary … [Read more...]

Today in History: Mary McLeod Bethune

Mary McLeod  Bethune

Today in History–May 18–the Library of Congress features educator and political leader Mary McLeod Bethune, who died on this date in 1955. After attending schools in South Carolina, North Carolina and Chicago, Illinois, Bethune taught for 10 years. In 1904 she opened the Daytona Educational and Industrial School for Negro Girls in Florida, which later merged with the all-male Cookman Institute and became Bethune-Cookman University. Learn more about this erudite woman by visiting the Today in … [Read more...]

Teaching Now: Analyzing Primary Sources for Scientific Thinking & Organization

Scientific notebooking

This is a guest post from Tom Bober (a.k.a. @CaptainLibrary), an elementary librarian at RM Captain Elementary in Clayton, Missouri and frequent contributor to the TPS Teachers Network. Earlier this school year I wrote about an activity in which third grade students analyzed primary sources from the Library of Congress, specifically the notes, diagrams, and writings of scientists to explore how scientists organize information. The hope was that students would connect these organizational … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein memorial

"Albert Einstein lived here" April 19, 1955 political cartoon by Herb Block (scroll down page to read curator's note) Albert Einstein image set Albert Einstein historical newspaper coverage through 1922 Letter from Albert Einstein to Roman Totenberg on October 27, 1935 Legislation related to Albert Einstein Fellowship Albert Einstein science reference guide includes links to his 1905 papers, bibliography and recommended websites Library of Congress blog posts Einstein’s … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning Is Contagious: Free PD for Chicago-area Educators

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Presented by TPS-Barat in conjunction with the Chicago Public Schools Department of Literacy, this workshop is geared towards librarians and social studies and language arts teachers of grades 6-12. The workshop is open to teachers from school districts in the Chicago area. Two CPDUs will be awarded. Workshop Details Date: Tuesday, May 19 Time: 4:30 - 6:30 pm Cost: FREE Location: Reilly Elementary, Main Building Computer Lab 3650 W School Street Chicago, IL 60618 Workshop … [Read more...]