May 3, 2016

Looking Back: April 2016

Teaching & Learning Primary Source Learning: Crowdsourced Poetry Featured Sources guided primary source analysis activities The Banks of the Yellow River sheet music / poem Primary Source Picks Primary Source Spotlight Gwendolyn Brooks Emily Dickinson Pablo Neruda Today in History April 28: Billy the Kid World Spotlight Chile Barat Bits & Bytes Primary Source Review Mar. 27-Apr. 2, 2016 Apr. 3-9, 2016 Apr. … [Read more...]

Primary Source Review: Apr. 24-30, 2016

Find all the fabulous primary sources and teaching ideas shared April 24-30, 2016 [email protected] from the TPS-Barat Primary Source Nexus, the Library of Congress, the World Digital Library, teachers and students in the classroom and more! If you want immediate access to all of these amazing resources, simply [email protected] on Twitter. [View the story "TPS-Barat Primary Source Nexus News" on Storify] … [Read more...]

Today in History: Billy the Kid

Today in History–April 28–the Library of Congress features Billy the Kid, who killed two guards while making his escape from a New Mexico jail on this date in 1881. But was he a folk villain or hero? Find out more by visiting the Today in History April 28 section, then follow the primary source trail to uncover more perspectives on this infamous Wild West character. Billy the Kid Escaped from Jail from America's Library Young Gun Library of Congress blog April 20, 2015 The Authentic … [Read more...]

Featured Source: The Banks of the Yellow Sea

This Emily Dickinson poem was set to music by composer Ernst Bacon. Take a closer look at this sheet music and read the lyrics. What feeling does this poem give you? What specific word choices influence how you feel? What kind of music do you think would go with these words (happy, upbeat, sad, mournful, lively, slow, etc.)? Even if you can't read music, what clues to the music do you get about how Bacon wanted the song to sound from the sheet music? Now listen to a song recording of "The Banks … [Read more...]

Primary Source Review: Apr. 17-23, 2016

Find all the fabulous primary sources and teaching ideas shared April 17-23, 2016 [email protected] from the TPS-Barat Primary Source Nexus, the Library of Congress, the World Digital Library, teachers and students in the classroom and more! If you want immediate access to all of these amazing resources, simply [email protected] on Twitter. [View the story "TPS-Barat Primary Source Nexus News" on Storify] … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Emily Dickinson

Poet Emily Dickinson was born on December 10, 1830, in Amherst, Massachusetts. Dickinson seldom left home but she read a lot, exchanged letters with many people, and spent a great deal of time with her family—her sister Lavinia also lived at home her entire life and her brother Austin and his wife lived next door. Learn more about this introspective poet by investigating the resources below. The complete poems of Emily Dickinson, with an introduction by her niece, Martha Dickinson Bianchi … [Read more...]

Tech Tool: Sheet Music Scanner

Music is such a powerful primary source and can really help us connect to and engage with a person or an event. The Library of Congress is full of digital music resources, including numerous sheet music collections and items.  But what to do if you would like to hear the music but cannot play an instrument yourself? Well, finally, there's an app for that! Thanks to Library of Congress Teacher in Residence Tom Bober for uncovering this wonderful tool! Currently the Sheet Music Scanner app is only … [Read more...]

Primary Source Review: Apr. 10-16, 2016

Find all the fabulous primary sources and teaching ideas shared April 10-16, 2016 [email protected] from the TPS-Barat Primary Source Nexus, the Library of Congress, the World Digital Library, teachers and students in the classroom and more! If you want immediate access to all of these amazing resources, simply [email protected] on Twitter. [View the story "TPS-Barat Primary Source Nexus News" on Storify] … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: Chile

Chile: Places in the News Chile country study Country profile: Chile BBC Chile timeline BBC Chile primary source set from the World Digital Library Chile images Chile maps Canción nacional chilena 1901-04-12 song recording Mañana Chilean dance Chile literary recordings Chile books and documents (English & Spanish) U.S. historical newspaper articles mentioning Chile through 1922 Service in Chile: U.S. veteran oral histories Foreign Affairs Oral History … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Pablo Neruda

Poet Pablo Neruda was born as Neftalí Ricardo Reyes Basoalto in Parral, Chile in 1904. He is the author of more than fifty books, mostly of poetry and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1971. Learn more about this wondrous wordsmith by investigating the resources below. Pablo Neruda reading his poem, Alturas de Macchu Picchu June 20, 1966 audio recording Pablo Neruda image set Pablo Neruda brief biography (in English and Spanish) Pablo Neruda biography & bibliography … [Read more...]