September 30, 2014

NHD 2015: CMHEC Topic Ideas – Power, Authority & Governance and Reform & Social Justice

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Below you will find Library of Congress resources curated by TPS-Barat that relate to National History Day 2015 topic ideas from the Chicago Metro History Education Center. More CMHEC topics will be referenced in subsequent posts. Power, Authority & Governance and Reform & Social Justice NOTE: historical newspaper coverage is from 1836-1922 Jane Addams, the Women’s Peace Party and the Hague Conference Jane Addams & Hull House primary source collections Historical … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Japanese-American Internment

A large sign reading "I am an American" placed in the window of a store on December 8, the day after Pearl Harbor.

Photos Document Japanese-American Wartime Internment Library of Congress blog, May 2, 2014 Ansel Adams's Photographs of Japanese-American Internment at Manzanar primary & secondary sources Veteran's oral histories mentioning Japanese-American internment Congressional documents related to Japanese-American internment Japanese-American internment primary source set includes teacher guide Japanese-American internment timeline activity Japanese-American Internment lesson … [Read more...]

Today in History: San Diego, California

Portion of business section and harbor, San Diego, California

Today in History–September 28–the Library of Congress features San Diego, California. On this date in 1542 Portuguese explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo sailed into San Diego Bay under the Spanish flag. Learn about the evolution of this southern California city by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to access more primary source treasures. Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo sailed into San Diego Bay San Diego maps San Diego images San Diego song recording San … [Read more...]

NHD 2015: Preparing for National History Day

The legacy of the 19th to the 20th century

The Library of Congress is the perfect place to find primary source analysis strategies, tools and resources for National History Day (NHD) 2015: Leadership & Legacy in History. To help teachers prepare to guide students in researching and creating a NHD project, TPS-Barat will be offering an online teacher professional development workshop in November as well as teaming up with Chicago Metro History Education Center (CMHEC) to offer some face-to-face training. TPS-Barat will also make a … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Spiro Agnew parody

Spiro Agnew in a parody of a World War I poster

What do you think the artist is trying to tell you through this poster? What details support your conclusion? Find out more about Spiro Agnew. Read the following curator notes: Anything Goes: Caricature Since the 1960s: Edward Sorel, Author and Caricaturist. What three reasons are given for the resurgence of caricature in the mid-1960s? What more did you learn about the art of caricature from the notes? The title of the featured poster mentions that it is a parody. Explain why you think or … [Read more...]

Library of Congress 2014 Educator Webinars

2014 educator webinars

The Library of Congress will be hosting a series of free webinars for K-12 educators during the 2014-15 school year. The one-hour webinars will focus on using the Library’s digitized collections to meet curriculum content and skills standards. The webinars will generally be held every other Tuesday at 7:00 ET (you can sign in 10 minutes before the session begins) and are available to the first 99 participants except where noted. Recordings of each session will be made and posted for review at … [Read more...]

Today in History: Nathan Hale

Mr. N.C. Goodwin and Miss Maxine Elliott in Nathan Hale by Clyde Fitch

Today in History–September 22–the Library of Congress features Revolutionary War hero Nathan Hale, who was hanged for spying on British troops on this date in 1776. This teacher turned soldier is famous for the words he allegedly spoke before his execution, "I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country." Find out more about patriot Nathan Hale by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access related resources. Patriot Nathan Hale Was Hanged from … [Read more...]

Literature Links: My Daniel – Hunting dinosaurs in Nebraska

Building a Sod House in Western Nebraska

Below you will find numerous primary source activity ideas to use in conjunction with the novel My Daniel by Pam Conrad. Let us know which ones work for you. Publisher overview "All I want to find is one dinosaur," Daniel was saying. "And I'll find it right here. Like I do all my fossils." Wandering through the Natural History Museum with her grandchildren, Julia Creath feels the presence of her dead brother, Daniel, she remembers a time when fossil fever hit everyone, old and young -- a … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: U.S. Symbols

symbols

Symbols of the United States primary source set, includes teacher's guide Liberty bell Statue of Liberty American flag Star Spangled Banner American eagle Great seal of the United States Uncle Sam The White House Washington Monument Yankee Doodle Dandy … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Eagle map of the United States

The eagle map of the United States

Zoom into this newspaper (online | .pdf). How many states do you see? Describe the differences between this 1833 map and a current map of the United States. What impression of the United States do you get from this map? Explain your reaction. Then use details from the source to speculate on the purpose for creating this map. Incorporate the symbol of the American eagle into a map of the present-day United States that conveys your impression of this country. After, share your map with your … [Read more...]