April 17, 2014

Primary Source Learning: Oral Histories & Personal Narratives

Twelve Years a Slave

LOC.gov contains numerous oral history and personal narrative resources. Check out the lists below! Teaching resources Learning from the Source: Chicago Meatpackers & the Unions Learning from the Source: Media & Migrant Laborer Perspectives Analyzing Primary Sources: Learning from Oral Histories Capturing an Oral History: Tips for Students Billy the Kid: Perspectives on an Outlaw Exploring Community Through Local History: Oral Stories, Landmarks and … [Read more...]

Learning from the Source: Cartoonist Commentary-Vietnam War

Kindly move over a little, gentlemen

U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War lasted more than a decade. Have students analyze political cartoons from the primary source sets below to consider different issues related to this war and how cartoonists' perspectives of U.S. involvement evolved over time. If students are not practiced at analyzing political cartoons, use the accompanying resources to help prepare and guide students in this type of primary source analysis. You may choose to have students analyze the cartoons twice, first … [Read more...]

Analyzing Primary Sources: Reading Cartoons

By th' way, what's that big word?

We often think of cartoons as funny but, in addition to entertaining and amusing us, they can also enlighten, provoke or persuade us. Political or editorial cartoons, in particular, provide subjective viewpoints about current issues and events and the people involved in them. Cartoonists use a variety of techniques—symbolism, exaggeration, irony, analogy and labeling to name a few—to convey their story or perspective through images. Learn more about these techniques by completing the online … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: Poets & Poetry

Poetry Left At Memorial

Learning from the Source: Langston Hughes’ Ballad of Booker T. Learning from the Source: Putting Loss into Words Learning from the Source: Mourning Lincoln & the Art of Tribute Today in History: O Captain! My Captain! Lyrical Legacy: 400 Years of American Song and Poetry Making Connections Through Poetry 1900 America: Primary Sources and Epic Poetry Found poetry activities Found poetry with primary sources: Great Depression Found poetry primary source … [Read more...]

Learning from the Source: Crimea, Ukraine, Russia-Then & Now

Ukraine administrative divisions 1993

Overview Students will collaborate to analyze, compare, and contrast newspaper coverage of events in Crimea and Ukraine in the mid-19th century and early 20th century with  2014 media coverage of events involving Crimea, Ukraine and Russia to illuminate the geopolitical history of the region and consider how examining the past shapes perspectives and understanding of current events. Enduring Understanding: Events and actions of the past affect the present and the future Instructions 1. As … [Read more...]

Analyzing Primary Sources in the New SATs

Students at Irving School in Berwyn, IL analyzing a primary source

The Common Core State Standards emphasize primary source analysis (specifically, RH.9-10/11-12.1, RH.9-10/11-12.2, RH.9-10/11-12.9, RI.9-10/11-12.9). Now the retooled SAT will too according to Todd Balf's article, "The Story Behind the SAT Overhaul", published March 6, 2014 in the New York Times Magazine. Below is an excerpt. Click the previous link to read the full article. Starting in spring 2016, students will take a new SAT — a three-hour exam scored on the old 1,600-point system, with an … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: Women in U.S. History

The girl on the land serves the nation's need Apply Y.W.C.A. Land Service Committee

Access ready-made primary source lessons and activities to learn how some incredible women throughout U.S. history helped advance the nation. Primary Source Learning: Women’s Road to the Vote (woman suffrage teaching resources) Primary Source Learning: Women in the White House Learning from the Source: Chicago Meatpackers & the Unions Music and U.S. Reform History: Stand Up and Sing Women in the Civil War: Ladies, Contraband and Spies Next, create your own primary source … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: Women’s Road to the Vote

In the days of "Old Dobbin" and Derby hats Mrs. Harriot Stanton Blatch exhorted the Wall Street crowds

Don't miss these great woman suffrage teaching resources using Library of Congress primary sources! Woman suffrage source set & teaching guide Lesson plans Learning from the Source: Tactics in the March to Suffrage Primary Source Investigation: Suffrage Suffragists and Their Tactics Voices for Votes: Suffrage Strategies Collection Connections Miller NAWSA Suffrage Scrapbooks, 1897-1911 Photographs from the Records of the National Woman’s Party Selections from … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning About Lincoln

Page from Abraham Lincoln's sum book

We all can learn a lot from Abraham Lincoln. Below you will find links to primary source activities, lessons, and projects from the Library of Congress, TPS-Barat and other TPS consortium members. Learning from the Source: Abraham Lincoln & Me Activity Book Learning from the Source: Gettysburg Address Image Sequencing Learning from the Source: Perspectives in Civil War Song Sheets Learning from the Source: Presidential Portraits Learning from the Source: Putting Loss into … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: Protest & Reform Primary Source Set

American Federation of Hosiery Workers protest against the boycott of Japanese silk

Have students use the primary sources in this set to tell a story about protest and reform in the United States. (For background information, check the bibliographic records for dates then review the relevant sections of the American Memory timeline.) Related primary source collections highlighted on the TPS-Barat Primary Source Nexus are linked to below. The story may be in digital or print form. It could be nonfiction, fiction, poetry, or even a song. Click on each thumbnail image below to … [Read more...]