August 22, 2017

Primary Source Nexus Summer 2017

This summer the Primary Source Nexus teaching resource blog will sport a slimmed down look as we are hard at work finalizing the first unit of our new Teaching with Primary Sources multidisciplinary civics-focused inquiry curriculum, creating a website to house the lessons, and revamping our website to highlight more learning resources and programs. The rotating gallery on the homepage will feature From the Archives posts that lead to all the content we published in the past year. We will … [Read more...]

Primary Source Review: Jun. 1-10, 2017

Find all the fabulous primary sources and teaching ideas shared June 1-10, 2017 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 with 21st-Century Learners

This is a guest post from veteran teacher Heather Klos, an 8th grade U.S. history teacher and the Social Studies department chair at Crownover Middle School in Corinth, Texas. As an early American history teacher, I know it is important to use primary sources effectively with my 8th grade students.  Analyzing primary sources can be very difficult for students, but it is usually my end-game when working with these documents.  I have found that breaking down the documents into manageable chunks … [Read more...]

Integrating Tech: Let’s Recap & Primary Source Analysis

This is a guest post from veteran teacher Heather Klos, an 8th grade U.S. history teacher and the Social Studies department chair at Crownover Middle School in Corinth, Texas. Primary sources are one of the most valuable tools we have as social studies teachers.  What better way to incorporate primary sources for the 21st century learner than through the use of technology.  This year I discovered Recap and realized quickly that this could be a powerful tool in the analysis process for my … [Read more...]

Primary Source Review: May 26-31, 2017

Find all the fabulous primary sources and teaching ideas shared May 26-31, 2017 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...]

Looking Back: Spring 2017 Resources

Discover how you can help students grow by teaching with primary sources from the Library of Congress. Check out all the great content we shared from March, 2017 - May, 2017. Primary Source Picks Collection Spotlight Sonia Sotomayor Primary Source Spotlight Esther Bubley Shirley Chisholm Billy Collins Denali National Park Dorothea Dix Betty Friedan Jewish Passover Stanley Kunitz Gabriela Mistral Spring World Spotlight Great Britain & the … [Read more...]

Primary Source Review: May 19-25, 2017

Find all the fabulous primary sources and teaching ideas shared May 19-25, 2017 by @PSNTPS from the TPS-Barat Primary Source Nexus, the Library of Congress, 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...]

Primary Source Learning: Developing Information Literacy Skills

The Library of Congress has long realized that teaching with primary sources engages students and promotes critical thinking skills and helps them to construct knowledge. Early on TPS-Barat recognized the connection between the processes represented in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the process of analyzing and interpreting primary sources. This shift from a primary focus on content knowledge to the process of interacting with and comprehending, analyzing, and evaluating content … [Read more...]

Primary Source Review: May 1-18, 2017

Find all the fabulous primary sources and teaching ideas shared May 1-18, 2017 by @PSNTPS from the TPS-Barat Primary Source Nexus, the Library of Congress, 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...]