August 18, 2018

Literature Links: My Daniel – Hunting dinosaurs in Nebraska

Below you will find numerous primary source activity ideas to use in conjunction with the novel My Daniel by Pam Conrad. Let us know which ones work for you.Publisher overview "All I want to find is one dinosaur," Daniel was saying. "And I'll find it right here. Like I do all my fossils." Wandering through the Natural History Museum with her grandchildren, Julia Creath feels the presence of her dead brother, Daniel, she remembers a time when fossil fever hit everyone, old and young -- a … [Read more...]

State Spotlight: Iowa

Iowa stories from America’s LibraryIowa primary source setIowa-focused primary source setsIowa mapsIowa imagesIowa sheet musicIowa songs & oral historiesIowa books & other textsIowa historical newspapersIowa broadsides & printed ephemeraLao Natasinh Dance Troupe of Iowa webcastWriters from Iowa's International Writer's Program Read From Their WorkIowa: U.S. legislationIowa Guide to Law OnlineMore U.S. state primary source … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: Oral Histories & Personal Narratives

LOC.gov contains numerous oral history and personal narrative resources. Check out the lists below!Teaching resourcesAnalyzing Primary Sources: Learning from Oral Histories Learning from the Source: Chicago Meatpackers & the Unions Learning from the Source: Digital Stories of Our Heroes Learning from the Source: Media & Migrant Laborer Perspectives Primary Source Learning: September 11, 2001 Capturing an Oral History: Tips for Students Billy the Kid: … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Western Expansion & Manifest Destiny

This set of primary sources and teaching resources focuses, primarily, on the time period 1800-1860.Western expansion stories from America's LibraryWestern expansion timeline (includes primary source activities)Primary Source setsWestern expansion (includes teacher guide) Primary Source Learning: Expansion & Reform (includes learning activity)Primary source collectionsPioneering the Upper Midwest: Books from Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, 1820-1910 … [Read more...]

Today in History: Erie Canal

Today in History–October 26–the Library of Congress features the Erie Canal, which opened on this day in 1825. Harnessing gravity, the 363-mile waterway flowed from Buffalo, New York on the east coast of Lake Erie to the upper Hudson River at Albany. Decried by many as "Clinton's Folly", New York Governor  DeWitt Clinton, the canal proved to be tremendously successful and encouraged settlement of the upper Midwest. Find out more about the Erie Canal by visiting the Today in History section, then … [Read more...]

Today in History: Laura Ingalls Wilder

Today in History–February 7–the Library of Congress features writer Laura Ingalls Wilder, born on this date in 1867. Ingalls Wilder became well known for her semi-autobiographical stories collectively known as the Little House on the Prairie series. Learn more this iconic writer of American pioneer life and discover primary sources that will help illuminate her stories by visiting the Today in History section and then clicking the links below.Laura Ingalls Wilder Born from America's … [Read more...]

Today in History: Johnny Appleseed

Today in History–September 26–the Library of Congress features Johnny Appleseed, born Jonathan Chapman on this day in 1775. Chapman earned his nickname because he planted nurseries and individual apple trees across 100,000 square miles of wilderness and prairie in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, and Illinois. Find out more by visiting the Today in History section and visiting the links below.Jonathan Chapman brief bio from America’s Library"Johnny Appleseed - A Pioneer Hero" … [Read more...]