September 20, 2018

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...]

World Spotlight: Italy

Library blog posts related to ItalyEuropean Month of Culture: Spotlight on Italy In the Muse May 13, 2016 Alan Lomax in Italy: a letter to Goffredo Plastino Folklife Today May 21, 2015 Deciphering the Land: An Unknown Estate Survey Book from Late Sixteenth and Early Seventeenth Century Italy Worlds Revealed: Geography & Maps February 19, 2016 The Italian Legislative Procedure In Custodia Legis June 17, 2013 Law, a Curse and Life in an Italian Ghetto In Custodia Legis … [Read more...]

Integrating Tech: Hashtags Through Today in History

Missouri high school social studies teacher @Bethany_Petty posted a creative idea for integrating technology into primary source learning that she dubbed as Hashtags Through History. Here is a brief overview from her blog Teaching with Technology. This activity requires students to locate an image that depicts a historic event, create a username for a person that lived through the event, describe the event as that person would in 50-100 words, and create relevant and appropriate hashtags for … [Read more...]

Literature Links: National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature

Library of Congress News The Library of Congress, the Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader today announced the appointment of Jacqueline Woodson, four-time Newbery Honor Medalist, Coretta Scott King Book Award winner and former Young People’s Poet Laureate for her memoir-in-verse “Brown Girl Dreaming,” as National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.The program was established by the three organizations in 2008 to emphasize the importance of young people’s literature as it … [Read more...]

Today in History: Haiti

Today in History–January 2–the Library of Congress features Haiti. On this date in 1893 Frederick Douglass, who once served as U.S. minister to this caribbean country, delivered an address at the dedication of the Haitian Pavilion at the World’s Columbian Exposition. Learn more Douglass' speech and the country by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access related primary and secondary sources.Lecture on Haiti, Frederick Douglass, January 2, 1893Frederick … [Read more...]

Finding Resources: LOC.gov Quick Links

This teaching resource blog was created to help educators and students teach and learn with primary sources from the Library of Congress. There is a lot of material to browse and search on the Primary Source Nexus, but sometimes you just need to go directly to a particular section of the Library website. But how do you quickly locate and access that section? We've compiled a list of 30 links to get you to the resources you're looking for lightning quick: LOC.gov Quick Links page.  … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Microcosm

The image above is small part of an illustration. Look carefully and make a hypothesis about the topic or theme of the larger illustration. Point to specific details that led you to this hypothesis.Next, zoom into a larger section of the same illustration. What additional details do you see? Refine or rewrite your hypothesis about the topic or theme of the larger illustration based on these new details.Now look at the full illustration. What new details do you see? What does this image … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Weather

Congress requires US military to collect weather data 1870Weather Forecasting Among Services to [House] MembersWeather forecasting primary source set, includes teacher's guideMore weather forecasting primary sourcesWeather instruments primary source setWeather vanes primary source setWeather bureau primary source setWeather Service primary source setMeteorological stations primary source setWeather emergencies primary source setWeather sheet … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: Syria

Syria country studySyria country profile BBCSyria country profileSyria timeline BBCPlaces in the News: SyriaSyria primary source set World Digital LibrarySyria mapsSyria image setBooks & reports about SyriaReport of the Syrian and Palestinian Relief Fund Sewing Rooms and Christian Herald Relief Fund Lace IndustryWebcasts related to SyriaSyrian dance song recordingsOriental Hymn Tunes: Egyptian and SyrianU.S. veteran oral histories (service … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: Primary Sources Through Time

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. More resources are listed below.U.S. History by Time Period links to primary sources & more resources, colonial beginnings to the 21st … [Read more...]