April 19, 2015

Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources: Free Online PD May 2015

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TPS-Barat will offer free educator training in May 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 adapting and implementing primary source activities. The virtual workshop will feature independent work at school/home, including work before the first of three one-hour synchronous sessions held Wednesdays May 6, 13, and 20 at 6:30 pm CST online. We will … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: Wales

Llanrwst, Wales

The Story of the Nations: Wales 1902 More books, articles and other texts about Wales Charles D. Cleveland to Abraham Lincoln, Thursday, February 05, 1863 (Sends sermon from Wales) Wales image set Sheet music related to Wales U.S. veteran oral histories (service in Wales) Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection interviews mentioning Wales U.S. historical newspaper coverage of Wales through 1922 Webcasts related to Wales Guide to Law Online: England and Wales Global … [Read more...]

Featured Source: The Poem

The poem

Carefully examine a larger image of this photograph. Then consider why the photographer chose to title the photo “The Poem”. Do you think this photo is poetic? Why or why not? How does this photograph make you feel? What do you think about when looking at this image? Make a list of 3 nouns, 3 adjectives and 3 verbs that describe your feelings and thoughts. Write a poem to accompany this photograph. What other observations, reflections or questions does this source inspire? Let us know! … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Vachel Lindsay

Nicholas Vachel Lindsay

Books by Vachel Lindsay Adventures while preaching the gospel of beauty  c. 1914 A handy guide for beggars, especially those of the poetic fraternity 1916 The golden book of Springfield 1920 "General William Booth enters into Heaven" lyrics by Vachel Lindsay (video of song performance) Vachel Lindsay historic newspaper coverage through 1922 Vachel Lindsay images Illinois Digital Archives Vachel Lindsay bio and correspondence with Sara Teasdale Vachel Lindsay … [Read more...]

Integrating Tech: Poetry 180

Poetry 180

Poetry 180 is a project of two-time U.S. Poet Laureate (2002-2003) Billy Collins. The Poetry Foundation describes Mr. Collins, "Dubbed 'the most popular poet in America' by Bruce Weber in the New York Times, Billy Collins is famous for conversational, witty poems that welcome readers with humor but often slip into quirky, tender or profound observation on the everyday, reading and writing, and poetry itself." In an October, 2002 webcast discussing Poetry 180, Mr. Collins described his vision to … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Cricket

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It's Just Not Cricket! In Custodia Legis: Law Librarians of Congress March 30, 2015 Cricket image set Oral histories mentioning cricket from the Frontline diplomacy: U.S. foreign affairs oral history collection International Cricket Fête 1872 International Cricket Guide 1891 More books related to Cricket … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Official Program Woman Suffrage Procession

Official program woman suffrage procession

Review the Official Program Woman Suffrage Procession and read the program forward (page 3). What goals for the procession does the forward set? How do the accomplishments of the highlighted women on pages 3 and 4 seem to support those goals? Closely read the first 11 paragraphs of page 4: Why Women Want to Vote. What is the tone of the text? What specific words and phrases support your conclusion? What group of women do you think was the primary audience for this text? What specific words … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Edna St. Vincent Millay

Edna St. Vincent Millay

Edna St. Vincent Millay Birthday From the Catbird Seat blog March 5, 2013 Literary Birthday Celebration: Edna St. Vincent Millay webcast The Voice of Her Generation Library of Congress Information Bulletin Edna St. Vincent Millay image set "There are no islands any more" by Edna St. Vincent Millay 1940 "To the Maid of Orleans" by Edna St. Vincent Millay 1940 A few figs from thistles: poems and sonnets by Edna St. Vincent Millay c 1922 Second April by Edna St. Vincent Millay … [Read more...]

Finding Resources: World Digital Library

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Overview The World Digital Library (WDL) provides access to multilingual primary sources from around the world. It's mission is to promote cross-cultural awareness and understanding by highlighting the stories and achievements of all countries and cultures. WDL "is a project of the U.S. Library of Congress, carried out with the support of the United Nations Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (UNESCO), and in cooperation with libraries, archives, museums, educational institutions, … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Origin of April Fool’s Day

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For elementary & middle school students Read this newspaper article, then make a list of the countries mentioned that celebrate April Fool's Day and information about how they celebrate the day. Explain which story you found funniest or most interesting. Create an April Fool's Day poem using information from the article and your own experiences. For high school students Read the first three paragraphs of "The Bismarckian Alliance System" by history teacher Brett N. Silva. Based … [Read more...]