September 19, 2014

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...]

Today in History: Robert Penn Warren

Special Order No. 102, Office of the Librarian, Library of Congress, May 9, 1944

Today in History–September 15–the Library of Congress features writer Robert Penn Warren, who died on this date in 1989. A novelist and poet who won a Pulitzer Prize for his novel All the Kings Men and two Pulitzers for his poetry, Warren was also a teacher, critic. He also served as poetry consultant for the Library from 1944-45 and as U.S. poet laureate in 1986. Discover more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more primary sources about the … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: American Eagle

The new picture of the eagle

American eagle image set Bald eagle image set American eagle sheet music American eagle march streaming song recording The American eagle against the British lion! 1844 broadside Historic American newspapers: American eagle Legislation related to the American eagle Featured Source: Eagle map of the United States primary source analysis activity … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Liberty Bell

The Human Liberty Bell

Liberty bell image set Liberty bell sheet music Liberty bell song recordings Liberty bell books & other texts Historic American newspapers: Liberty bell … [Read more...]

Today in History: Captain John Smith

Statue of Captain John Smith on Jamestown Island

Today in History–September 10–the Library of Congress features Captain John Smith, who assumed the presidency of the Jamestown governing council on this date in 1608. Smith helped the colony to survive and thrive during its early years by fortifying the settlement, exploring and documenting the Chesapeake region, and establishing relations with area Native Americans. Learn more about this explorer, writer, and cartographer by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Monopoly Brothers Supported by the Little Consumer

The Monopoly brothers supported by the little consumer

What is the setting of this political cartoon? What details in the source support your conclusion? How is the consumer depicted in this cartoon? How do the coal strikers compare to the trusts? What details in the source support your conclusions? Gov. Osborn is literally jumping on the "Taft bandwagon" in the cartoon. What does this detail suggest about this governor? Now read the bibliographic record. What more did you learn about the political situation in 1912 commented on in … [Read more...]

Today in History: American Federation of Labor & Quarry Workers

At the Morse and Whitmore granite quarries in East Barre, Vermont

Today in History–September 08–the Library of Congress features the Quarry Workers’ International Union of North America, which was granted a charter by the American Federation of Labor (AFL) on this date in 1903. While granite had been mined around the area of Barre, Vermont for years, new waves of immigrants with a strong tradition of unionism arrived in the late 19th century. Find out more about quarries, the life of the miners in Vermont and elsewhere, and the AFL by visiting … [Read more...]

Today in History: Los Angeles

Los Angeles as it appeared in 1871

Today in History–September 04–the Library of Congress features El Pueblo de la Reyna de Los Angeles (The Town of the Queen of the Angels) founded on this day in 1781. Located between the San Gabriel Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, Los Angeles remained independent until it was taken in a bloodless effort by U.S. forces during the Mexican American War. Originally focused on agriculture, Los Angeles is now known as a center for tourism and the entertainment industry as well as trade, … [Read more...]