August 15, 2018

Literature Links: Ruth and the Green Book

Elementary teacher librarian and former teacher in residence at the Library of Congress, Tom Bober (@CaptainLibrary), details a plan for pairing primary source analysis with the book, Ruth and the Green Book by Calvin Alexander Ramsey, to help students make connections to history and geography. In his post on Knowledge Quest from the American Association of School Librarians, Tom also says the activities will help students to "look at the experiences of African Americans prior to the passage of … [Read more...]

Wanted: Teachers for Lesson Pilot Now Through July 2018

Citizen U Funded by a grant from the Library of Congress as part of its Teaching with Primary Sources program, the Barat Education Foundation, in collaboration with the DePaul University College of Education and the Constitutional Rights Foundation, has been developing materials that integrate civics with other academic subjects as part of a larger initiative, Citizen U®. Using a series of curated lessons as spark and inspiration, our ultimate goal is to work with educators like you … [Read more...]

Learning from the Source: The Declaration, Her Declaration, Your Declaration

Discuss the Declaration of Independence. Why was it written? What meaning did it have in 1776? What meaning does it have today?Read the Declaration of Independence and highlight words and phrases that stand out to you. Read over the words and phrases you highlighted. In what ways does the language you selected help to clarify or distill the meaning of the Declaration of Independence for you?Read over the words and phrases you highlighted again. In what other context of your life might … [Read more...]

Featured Source: The Brownies’ Book

With your group, complete a quick primary source analysis of the image above to note what you see, what you think of feel about what you see, and any questions that you have. Based on your analysis, what do you the Brownies' Book was and why do you think it was created? Then review the table of contents of the Brownies' Book? What more did you learn about the Brownies' Book was and why it was created from this page? As you answer each question, be sure to point to evidence from the source in … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Jeannette Rankin

Jeanette Rankin was the first woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1916. Learn more about this remarkable citizen by clicking the links below.Primary sourcesJeanette Rankin image set "'Wonder-Woman' is Miss Jeannette Rankin; Will be First of Sex to Sit in Congress" Evening Public Ledger (Philadelphia, PA), November 11, 1916 "I can't vote for war" Jeanette Rankin in Atlanta Journal April 6, 1917 Ms. Jeanette Rankin: The Lady from Montana The New York Times … [Read more...]

Learning from the Source: We Shall Overcome

Students will analyze historical and contemporary primary sources to examine how citizens persevered to overcome injustice and affect change during the 1960s civil rights era and consider the lessons the first March to Selma in 1965 provides for us today.Enduring understanding: Time, place, and culture influence our perspectives on people and issues.Essential question: How can we strive to overcome injustice?Lesson materialsWe Shall Overcome sheet music (curator note) … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Second Amendment & Gun Control

Bill of RightsSecond Amendment: contemporary U.S. legislationSecond Amendment - Gun Ownership and the Supreme Court Law Library of CongressThe social costs of gun ownership National Bureau of Economic Research c2004Brady Handgun Violence Prevention ActGun control: contemporary U.S. legislationGun control: implementation of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System April, 2000What should America do about gun violence? hearing before the Committee on the … [Read more...]

Timely Connections: Foundational Lessons in Democracy & Civil Discourse

"Conspiracy theories run amok. Fear of spies and meddling in American politics at the highest levels by foreign powers. A bipartisan divide so bitter that the federal government moves to muzzle what many politicians believe to be a biased, out-of-control news media."Current events? Actually, the excerpt paints a picture of the political climate during John Adam's tenure as president of the United States and is the lead paragraph of a book review from the Christian Science Monitor of Friends … [Read more...]

Citizen U: Lessons Infusing Civics Across the Curriculum

The Citizen U curriculum is a collaboration between the Barat Education Foundation (BEF), Constitutional Rights Foundation (CRF), and DePaul University’s Office of Innovative Professional Learning (DePaul OIPL) and was developed thanks to a grant from the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program.The goal of the Citizen U curriculum is to infuse civic knowledge, skills, and dispositions across the core subjects in elementary, middle, and high school grades. Working with … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning to Develop Civic Competencies

In the Guardian of Democracy: the Civic Mission of Schools report, Lee H. Hamilton, founder of the Center on Congress and U.S. Representative from Indiana (1965 to 1999), wrote: Citizenship requires both knowledge about government and the ability to be involved in governance. It means knowing how to identify and inform yourself about issues, explore and evaluate possible solutions, and then act to resolve problems. It demands that you know how to interact respectfully with others. And it asks … [Read more...]