March 30, 2017

Integrating Tech: Primary Source Analysis using Google Forms

This is a guest post from Kelly Grotrian, an American History teacher at East Brunswick High School in East Brunswick, New Jersey. Far and away my favorite Google App for Education is Google Forms. Forms allows you to present a variety of primary sources to students in an organized fashion and to collect data on the analysis of those sources to inform your instruction. Google Forms also allow learners to work at their own pace, which is something that my students enjoy because they have the … [Read more...]

Today in History: Cardinal James Gibbons

Today in History–July 23–the Library of Congress features Roman Catholic Cardinal James Gibbons, born on this date in 1834 in Pennsylvania. The second U.S. cardinal, Gibbons was a supporter of child labor reform and advocate of the separation of church and state. Learn more about this proactive priest and his journeys to and in the United States by visiting the Today in History section, then check out the primary source sets listed below. Cardinal James Gibbons primary source set Cardinal … [Read more...]

Today in History: B&O Railroad

Today in History–February 28–the Library of Congress features the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, which became the first U.S. railway chartered for transporting commercial freight and passengers on this day in 1827. The first track was 13 miles long and opened in 1830. Find out more about this groundbreaking railroad by visiting the Today in History section, then clicking the links below to access some fascinating primary sources. B & O Railroad image set Peter Cooper's Tom Thumb steam … [Read more...]

Today in History: The Star Spangled Banner

Today in History–September 13–the Library of Congress features our national anthem, the Star Spangled Banner. On September 13, 1814 a lawyer named Francis Scott Key witnessed the British bombing Fort McHenry from Baltimore harbor and decided to write a song to commemorate what he saw. Uncover more of the story by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access learning activities and more primary sources. Learning from the Source: The Star Spangled Banner suggested … [Read more...]

Today in History: John Carroll, First Bishop of Baltimore

Today in History–August 15–the Library of Congress features John Carroll, who became the first Bishop of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States on this day in 1790 (click the link to read a contemporary account of the event).  Find out more about Carroll and his role in religion of the period by visiting the Today in History section. Then click the links below to access primary sources related to John Carroll as well as other religion primary sources and teaching resources from the … [Read more...]