February 21, 2018

Primary Source Spotlight: Second Amendment & Gun Control

Bill of Rights Second Amendment: contemporary U.S. legislation Second Amendment - Gun Ownership and the Supreme Court Law Library of Congress The social costs of gun ownership National Bureau of Economic Research c2004 Gun control: contemporary U.S. legislation Gun control: implementation of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System April, 2000 What should America do about gun violence? hearing before the Committee on the Judiciary January 30, 2013 Legal approach … [Read more...]

Timely Connections: James Madison & Slavery

In an opinion piece for the New York Times, Noah Feldman, a Harvard law professor and the author of the book The Three Lives of James Madison: Genius, Partisan, President, discusses the dichotomies between Madison's moral views of slavery and his actions. Delving into the past, he contends, can provide us with lessons in racism for today. The tension between Madison’s aspirational beliefs and his highly constrained actions continues to be America’s own tension. Like Madison, contemporary United … [Read more...]

Primary Source Review: Feb. 1-15, 2018

Find all the fabulous primary sources and teaching ideas shared February 1-15, 2018 by @PSNTPS from the TPS-Barat Primary Source Nexus, the Library of Congress, the House, the Senate, the World Digital Library, teachers and students in the classroom, and more! We’ve got Civics, History, ELA and STEAM resources—for immediate access to all of these, simply follow @PSNTPS on Twitter. [View the story "TPS-Barat Primary Source Nexus News" on Storify] … [Read more...]

Teaching Now: Using Primary Sources to Create a Lincoln Assassination Newscast

This is a guest post from Tim Anderson, a middle school English teacher and Google Certified Educator at Sulphur Springs Elementary School in Jonesborough, Tennessee. There often seems to be a disconnect between students and historical events. Connecting literature to history helps make it come alive for students. Since my eighth graders are studying the Civil War, I chose to have them read Chasing Lincoln’s Killer, a fast-paced thriller about the pursuit and capture of John Wilkes Booth pieced … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Skating

Figure skating "International Style" Figure Skating Championship March 20, 1914 from America's Library Ice-dancing, St. Moritz photograph Timeline & select historical newspaper articles More historical newspaper articles related to figure skating Olympic figure skating historical newspaper coverage How to become a skater; containing full instructions for excelling at figure and speed skating 1904 illustrated book A handbook of figure skating arranged for use on the … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Gordon Parks

Gordon Parks was born on Nov. 30, 1912 and died on March 7, 2006. A highly influential photographer, he contributed to the Farm Security Administration, Life Magazine, and Vogue, and also wrote books and poetry, composed music, and directed movies. Gordon Parks photographs Trumpet Awards honorees Tom Bradley, Gordon Parks, Maya Angelou and others 1994 photograph Gordon Parks mention in The Detroit tribune. (Detroit, Mich.), 06 Nov. 1948 Gordon Parks in Today in History Gordon … [Read more...]

Timely Connections: Foundational Lessons in Democracy & Civil Discourse

"Conspiracy theories run amok. Fear of spies and meddling in American politics at the highest levels by foreign powers. A bipartisan divide so bitter that the federal government moves to muzzle what many politicians believe to be a biased, out-of-control news media." Current events? Actually, the excerpt paints a picture of the political climate during John Adam's tenure as president of the United States and is the lead paragraph of a book review from the Christian Science Monitor of Friends … [Read more...]

Primary Source Review: Jan. 22-31, 2018

Find all the fabulous primary sources and teaching ideas shared January 22-31, 2018 by @PSNTPS from the TPS-Barat Primary Source Nexus, the Library of Congress, the House, the Senate, the World Digital Library, teachers and students in the classroom, and more! We’ve got Civics, History, ELA and STEAM resources—for immediate access to all of these, simply follow @PSNTPS on Twitter. [View the story "TPS-Barat Primary Source Nexus News" on Storify] … [Read more...]

Citizen U: Lessons Infusing Civics Across the Curriculum

The Citizen U curriculum is a collaboration between the Barat Education Foundation (BEF), Constitutional Rights Foundation (CRF), and DePaul University’s Office of Innovative Professional Learning (DePaul OIPL) and was developed thanks to a grant from the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program. The goal of the Citizen U curriculum is to infuse civic knowledge, skills, and dispositions across the core subjects in elementary, middle, and high school grades. Working with … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning to Develop Civic Competencies

In the Guardian of Democracy: the Civic Mission of Schools report, Lee H. Hamilton, founder of the Center on Congress and U.S. Representative from Indiana (1965 to 1999), wrote: Citizenship requires both knowledge about government and the ability to be involved in governance. It means knowing how to identify and inform yourself about issues, explore and evaluate possible solutions, and then act to resolve problems. It demands that you know how to interact respectfully with others. And it asks … [Read more...]