April 11, 2014

Today in History: The Call for Independence

North Carolina flag.

Today in History–April 12–the Library of Congress features the first call for American independence, made by North Carolina on this day in 1776. Referred to as the "Halifax Resolves", the document listed grievance against Great Britain and encouraged the Continental Congress to push for sovereignty. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to access more related resources. Declaration of Independence texts Declaration of Independence from the … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: America’s Library

America's Library

The Teaching with the Library of Congress blog provides an overview of the resources found in America's Library and some great teaching ideas for using the website with younger students or older English language learners. For more involved projects, click the links below to access two primary source projects using America's Library resources from TPS-Barat. Each project includes all student materials as well as a teacher project pack. Presidential Portraits George Washington and Abraham … [Read more...]

Today in History: North Carolina

Kitty Hawk #30, 1901

Today in History–November 21–the Library of Congress features North Carolina, which ratified the Constitution on this day in 1789, becoming the 12th state in the new United States. Find out more about the history and culture of the "Tar Heel" state by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to access more prime primary sources. North Carolina stories from America’s Library North Carolina primary source set North Carolina maps North Carolina books & … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: Primary Sources Through Time

Barat TPS Links by Time Period

Looking for primary sources related to a particular time period in U.S. history? The Teaching with Library of Congress blog suggests using the American Memory Timeline,  an online presentation that provides a comprehensive look through U.S. history using primary sources from the Library’s collections. For teaching ideas, read the whole blog post. Other helpful resources from the Library and the Barat TPS website are listed below. Primary documents in American history digital resource … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: Teaching with Primary Source Posters

WPA rumor

The Teaching with the Library of Congress blog gives some great tips on using the WPA Poster collection with students. One idea is to have students identify persuasion techniques. For a great resource on typical advertising persuasion techniques, check out the students materials section of the Print Advertising Across the Centuries project from the Barat TPS program. One teacher used this project as a template and created a lesson that looked at U.S. military recruitment posters. Intrigued? Be … [Read more...]

Selecting Primary Sources: Considering Historical Context

American Variety Stage

Understanding historical context is an important element when considering why a primary source was created. The Teaching with the Library of Congress blog outlines characteristics to look for when selecting primary sources that students will be able to place in historical context. For more help providing historical context, look in the Teacher's Guides in the primary source sets and the American Memory Collection Connections (please note that those collections marked with teaching resources are … [Read more...]

Learning from the Source: Jefferson’s Rough Draft of the Declaration

Jefferson's Rough Draft of the Declaration of Independence

The Teaching with the Library of Congress blog has started to publish primary source starters–quick, easy-to-use activity ideas using primary sources from the Library’s collections. The first uses Thomas Jefferson's rough draft of the Declaration of Independence to help students think critically about the process that produced the document. Get all the details by reading the Thomas Jefferson’s Rough Draft of the Declaration of Independence post. … [Read more...]