September 2, 2014

Analyzing Primary Sources: Sensory Exploration

Society Circus

The sensory exploration graphic organizer is a great way to introduce students, especially younger ones, to primary source analysis. It also helps with vocabulary development. Encourage students to write to fill in each column for each sense. After, you may have students create a poem of their choice using the words they brainstormed; they may choose to write the poem from the point of view of someone outside the image or from a person, animal, or thing inside the image. If students drew images, … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: Immigration

Emigrants coming to the "Land of Promise"

Primary source sets Immigration Challenges for New Americans includes teacher's guide Mexican American Migrations and Communities includes teacher's guide Primary Source Learning: Immigration Primary Source Set telling the story of immigration to the United States with primary sources Primary source lesson plans The American West: Images of Its People Creating a Primary Source Archive: All History Is Local The Immigrant Experience: Down the Rabbit Hole Immigration History … [Read more...]

Literature Links: And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street

Mulberry Street, New York City

Theodor Geisel—a.k.a. Dr. Seuss—was born in 1904 in Springfield, Massachusetts. And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street was the first of many children's books that he wrote and illustrated. Geisel supposedly received 27 rejections before the book was published by Vanguard Press in 1937 thanks, as the story goes, to a chance run-in with and old friend from Darthmouth College. After reading the book, engage your students with some of the following primary source activities. Have your … [Read more...]

Teaching Now: Using the Primary Source Analysis Tool

Modified primary source analysis tool

This is a guest post from Barbara Evans, a middle school language arts teacher at Holden Elementary in Chicago, Illinois. After working with TPS-Barat during the past year as part of the Chicago Public Schools Social Science Academy, I was excited to use primary sources in our literature studies. The primary source analysis tool is a great resource that I decided to tweak to meet the needs of my students. As you can see from the photo above, I changed the column headers from Observe, Reflect … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: Labor

Addie Card, anaemic little spinner in North Pownal Cotton Mill

Child Labor in America Child Labor and the Building of America Primary Source Learning: Protest & Reform Primary Source Set Learning from the Source: Chicago Meatpackers & the Unions Learning from the Source: Dust Bowl Songs & Photographs Learning from the Source: Media & Migrant Laborer Perspectives New Deal Programs: Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? The Grapes of Wrath: Voices from the Great Depression Labor Unions and Working Conditions: United We … [Read more...]

Literature Links: Kicking It Off with Kate DiCamillo

Kate DiCamillo: National Book Festival Reflections

With summer reading programs getting into full swing, this seems the perfect time to kick off a new post category. Literature Links posts will provide primary sources and teaching strategies to help students better connect to and understand some great works of literature. In a Teaching with Primary Sources blog post, Library of Congress 2013-14 Teacher in Residence, Rebecca Newland, shared sources and strategies to connect to a number of books by award-winning author Kate DiCamillo, … [Read more...]

Teaching Now: Scaffolding Primary Source Learning

Scaffolding

This is a guest post from George Mueller, a high school U.S. history and world studies teacher at Dunbar Vocational Academy in Chicago, Illinois. As part of the CPS Social Science Academy, we were tasked with developing and implementing a lesson using primary sources from the Library of Congress. The TPS-Barat Primary Source Nexus has so many resources and is easy to use so that's where I started. I wanted something that related to Chicago and related to my students. So when I found the primary … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: Women in Baseball

Princeton University woman baseball player

Use this primary source set of women in baseball to have students examine cultural attitudes of American women from the late 1800s through the 1920s. You might start with having students complete a gallery walk with the images. After, you might have them analyze the song lyrics and read various newspaper articles (be sure to have them read about the newspaper as well; to do so, click on the newspaper name). Next, you might challenge students to put the images in chronological order. Then you … [Read more...]

Teaching Now: Thinking Deeper with Primary Sources

Thinking deeper with the primary source thinking triangle.

This is a guest post from Ruth Ferris, an elementary school librarian from Billings, Montana, and a grantee in the TPS Regional Grant Program. I originally learned about the TPS-Barat Primary Source Thinking Triangle through Martha Kohl of the Montana Historical Society. I loved it! I work with K-6 students and many of them struggle academically so I am always looking for new ways to scaffold their learning. My students used the thinking triangle to think deeper about a primary source and to … [Read more...]

Analyzing Primary Sources: Frozen Living Pictures

TPS-Barat TTT Cohort creating a frozen living picture

We know that primary sources engage students, helping them to personally relate to persons and events of the past and develop a deeper understanding of history as a series of human events. One way to enhance the connection and empathy is to have students analyze a primary source image, then create a tableau or frozen living picture. The goal is to collaborate with a group to recreate the event or scene that the photographer captured. This activity really helps students get into the hearts and … [Read more...]