September 23, 2017

Analyzing Primary Sources: Sensory Exploration

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 words 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...]

Featured Source: Circus radio broadcast

Imagine you are the elephant. What is your "song" about? Create speech or thought bubbles for the two men and the elephant in this picture. How could we broadcast the elephant's "song" today? What kind of equipment would we use? How is that similar to and different from the equipment used in this image? What other observations, reflections or questions does this source inspire? Let us know! … [Read more...]

Today in History: Rare Children’s Books

Today in History–March 13–the Library of Congress features rare children's books. Someone wrote "Enoch Brooks' Book, Princeton, March 13th, 1789" in permanent ink in a Library of Congress copy of a rare children's Bible: A Curious Hieroglyphick Bible published by Isaiah Thomas. Learn more about this early American printer and literature publisher by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access a selection of the children's books available from the digitized … [Read more...]

Today in History: P.T. Barnum & Circuses

Today in History–July 5–the Library of Congress features Phineas Taylor Barnum, born on this day in 1810.  Did you know that Barnum and Bailey's circus pigs were trained to play the xylophone? Uncover more curious curiosities by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to grab more circus primary source goodies. Phineas Taylor Barnum Was Born from America's Library The humbugs of the world. An account of humbugs, delusions,impositions, quackeries, deceits and … [Read more...]