October 31, 2014

Today in History: San Diego, California

Portion of business section and harbor, San Diego, California

Today in History–September 28–the Library of Congress features San Diego, California. On this date in 1542 Portuguese explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo sailed into San Diego Bay under the Spanish flag. Learn about the evolution of this southern California city by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to access more primary source treasures. Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo sailed into San Diego Bay San Diego maps San Diego images San Diego song recording San … [Read more...]

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 Analyzing Primary Sources: Learning from Oral Histories Learning from the Source: Chicago Meatpackers & the Unions Learning from the Source: Media & Migrant Laborer Perspectives Primary Source Learning: September 11, 2001 Capturing an Oral History: Tips for Students Billy the Kid: Perspectives on an Outlaw Exploring Community Through Local … [Read more...]

Learning from the Source: Close Reading in Service of a Cause

Harper's Ferry insurrection

Activity overview Close reading is an opportunity to read and reread thoughtfully and with purpose. By breaking down the analysis of texts and other primary sources into distinct chunks, you can increase rigor and help students more easily climb the staircase of complexity required by the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). In this primary source activity students will look closely and critically at images in conjunction with historical and contemporary texts. They will compare and contrast … [Read more...]

Today in History: September 11, 2001

Two women looking upwards with expressions of shock and horror, during the September 11th terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, New York City

Today in History–September 11–the Library of Congress features the terrorist attacks on the United States. On September 11, 2001, terrorists hijacked four airplanes and killed thousands as they destroyed the World Trade Center towers in New York and damaged the Pentagon in Virginia; a fourth plane crashed in Pennsylvania after passengers struggled with hijackers. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section and, in particular, by reviewing the primary sources listed below that document … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Engine Company 54 lost 15 men, 9/11/01

Look at this collage as a whole and then examine it's details. What do you notice? In an interview for the School of Visual Arts blog, Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt talked about the influence of his mother on his art. My whole aesthetic is based on the house I grew up in. My mother was a tremendous influence. She had Virgin Mary statues and Jesus statues and pixie knickknacks and plastic tablecloths and plastic doilies and plastic flowers. She would Scotch-tape things on the kitchen wall so it … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: September 11, 2001

It's OK.

On September 12, 2001, the Library of Congress began recording public and private responses to the events, much as it did after the Pearl Harbor attacks in 1941. The Teaching with the Library of Congress blog provides some ideas for teaching with the resources in the September 11 collections. For more resources and teaching and learning ideas, click the links below. Today in History: September 11, 2001 Teaching About September 11 Using Primary Sources from Library of Congress Teaching with … [Read more...]