December 20, 2014

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

Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources

Happy Holidays! In January, TPS-Barat will offer free teacher 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 creating and implementing primary source activities. The online workshop will feature independent work at school/home and three one-hour synchronous sessions held Tuesdays January 13, 20, and 27 at 6:30 pm CST online. Prior to each … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: George Westinghouse

Westinghouse Air Brake Co.

George Westinghouse & his companies George Westinghouse; his life and achievements 1918 The Inventor of the Air-Brake: George Westinghouse 1921 from Conquests of Invention Inside an American Factory: Films of the Westinghouse Works, 1904 George Westinghouse image set George Westinghouse historical newspaper coverage … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Why I Believe in Santa

Rock Island Argus. (Rock Island, Ill.), 09 Dec. 1911. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.

Click the newspaper above to zoom in to the page. First read the center article, "Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus." What was the editor's claim and what arguments did he make to support that claim? Now read what the citizens of Rock Island had to say about Santa Claus and the Christmas spirit. What themes do these stories convey? Write about the spirit of a holiday that you celebrate, describing why it is meaningful to you. What other observations, reflections or questions does … [Read more...]

Today in History: Happy Hanukkah

Chanuka - The San Francisco call., December 28, 1902

Today in History–December 15–the Library of Congress features Hanukkah. The first day of the Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Second Temple of Jerusalem was celebrated on this date in 2006. Also known as the Feast or Festival of Lights, Hanukkah reflects the story of a one-day supply of oil at the temple miraculously burning for eight days. Find out more by reviewing the Today in History section, then click the links below for related resources. Happy Hanukkah from the … [Read more...]

Using Sources: Creating a Digital Annotated Bibliography

Sample annotated bibliography

Cornell University Library describes an annotated bibliography as "a list of citations to books, articles, and documents. Each citation is followed by a brief (usually about 150 words) descriptive and evaluative paragraph, the annotation."Lisa Oppenheim from the Chicago Metro History Education Center notes that annotations for National History Day (NHD) and Chicago Metro History Fair should be around 50 words and not much longer than 75 words. Annotated bibliographies serve one or more of the … [Read more...]

Analyzing Primary Sources: Learning from Newspapers

Analyzing Newspaper Articles

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) strike a balance between the reading of literature and informational texts and promote the use of a wide range of text types: “Through reading a diverse array of classic and contemporary literature as well as challenging informational texts in a range of subjects, students are expected to build knowledge, gain insights, explore possibilities, and broaden their perspective.” [English Language Arts Standards: Key Design Considerations] Some items in … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Hello, Earth! Hello!

helloearthhello

Click the newspaper above to zoom in and read the article. Make a chart that lists the name of each scientist or inventor mentioned in the article, whether the expert was quoted directly or indirectly, and the expert's view of the possibility of communication with other planets. Find out more information about the publisher of this newspaper, then review the Analyzing Newspaper Articles post. Do you think this article is accurate and reliable? Why or why not? Compare and contrast this … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Nikola Tesla

TESLA, NIKOLA

Topics in Chronicling America - Nikola Tesla timeline & select newspaper articles More Nikola Tesla historical newspaper coverage Featured Source: Tesla’s 1922 Future Tech Predictions guided primary source analysis activity Messages to and from Outer Space Finding Our Place in the Cosmos: From Galileo to Sagan and Beyond Poems of Personality "Tesla" Another Tesla portrait Tesla Memorial Society of New York Tesla: Master of Lightning from PBS … [Read more...]

Selecting Primary Sources for Research Projects

Selecting Primary Sources for Research Projects

When completing a research project you will want to include primary sources. Using primary sources is particularly important when creating a history project and required for National History Day (NHD) projects. To get a better understanding of different types of sources, review the post Selecting Primary Sources: Primary, Secondary, Tertiary? Think of primary sources as raw, unfiltered material that you will analyze and use as evidence to support your claims. Primary sources are original … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Rats Leaving a Falling House

The rats leaving a falling house

Zoom into a larger image of this political cartoon. Make a list of details that you see. Then describe the story you think this source tells using the details you noted as evidence. Compare and contrast this source with a similar political cartoon by Edward W. Clay (view larger image). What similarities and differences do you notice? Explain which cartoon you think tells a better story. Review the bibliographic record for the featured cartoon, paying close attention to the curator … [Read more...]