March 23, 2017

World Spotlight: Australia

Places in the News: Australia February 2009 March 2010 April 2010 December 2010 Tasmania, Australia January 2013 Australia country profile BBC Australia timeline BBC Australia primary source set World Digital Library Australia maps Australia image set Australia sheet music Books & reports about Australia Webcasts related to Australia An evening of Australian poetry Vincent Buckley, David Malouf, and Les A. Murray reading their poems U.S. veteran … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Sioux (Dakota) & Sitting Bull

Sioux images Dakota images Sioux ghost dance (film) Mary Louise Defender Wilson and Keith Bear: Sioux and Mandan Hidatsa storytelling and music from North Dakota streaming webcast Oral history interviews mentioning Sioux indians Indian fanfares: The Camanche revel, The Sioux gaillarde, The Manitou air dance Poems from Sioux and Chippewa songs Books related to the Sioux Texts related to the Dakota and the Sioux Sioux indian historic newspaper coverage Dakota indian … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Emily Dickinson

Poet Emily Dickinson was born on December 10, 1830, in Amherst, Massachusetts. Dickinson seldom left home but she read a lot, exchanged letters with many people, and spent a great deal of time with her family—her sister Lavinia also lived at home her entire life and her brother Austin and his wife lived next door. Learn more about this introspective poet by investigating the resources below. The complete poems of Emily Dickinson, with an introduction by her niece, Martha Dickinson Bianchi … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Gwendolyn Brooks

Pulitzer Prize winner Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000) wrote more than 20 books of poetry and served as the Illinois Poet Laureate from 1968-2000 and Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 1985-1986. Learn more about this amazing artist by investigating the resources below. Gwendolyn Brooks reads from her poetry audio recording September 30, 1985 We Real Cool broadside A Street in Bronzeville Books that Shaped America online exhibition "Gwendolyn Brooks Is Named as Next … [Read more...]

Featured Image: El Paso Herald 1915 Christmas Page

Image: How Europe's Soldiers Observe Christmas in Hospitals Near the Firing Line Poems Christmas Cease Firing! Story: The Cave of Santa Claus … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Patricia Smith

Patricia Smith The Poet & the Poem audio podcast This is My Story: Getting to Know Patricia Smith From the Catbird Seat blog February 9, 2015 Patricia Smith's "Words That Force Us to Look" From the Catbird Seat April 22, 2013 Library Awards Patricia Smith the Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry December 22, 2014 Patricia Smith Bookfest bio Patricia Smith: 2009 National Book Festival webcast Necessary Utterance: Poetry as Cultural Force 2013/05/01 webcast Patricia Smith … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Robert Frost

Christmas Greetings from Robert Frost From the Catbird Seat December 24, 2014 First Drafts: Poem for a President Library of Congress blog January 29, 2013 Stay Gold: Robert Frost and First Poems From the Catbird Seat June 5, 2013 Robert Frost Reads Poem at JFK's Inauguration January 20, 1961 from America's Library "Dedication" Robert Frost's Presidential Inaugural Poem typescript with Frost's holograph script corrections in ink The Poetry of Robert Frost: "Dedication" Featured … [Read more...]

Integrating Tech: Poetry 180

Poetry 180 is a project of two-time U.S. Poet Laureate (2002-2003) Billy Collins. The Poetry Foundation describes Mr. Collins, "Dubbed 'the most popular poet in America' by Bruce Weber in the New York Times, Billy Collins is famous for conversational, witty poems that welcome readers with humor but often slip into quirky, tender or profound observation on the everyday, reading and writing, and poetry itself." In an October, 2002 webcast discussing Poetry 180, Mr. Collins described his vision to … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Edna St. Vincent Millay

Edna St. Vincent Millay Birthday From the Catbird Seat blog March 5, 2013 Literary Birthday Celebration: Edna St. Vincent Millay webcast Publicity, Celebrity, Fashion: Photographing Edna St. Vincent Millay The Voice of Her Generation Library of Congress Information Bulletin Edna St. Vincent Millay image set "There are no islands any more" by Edna St. Vincent Millay 1940 "To the Maid of Orleans" by Edna St. Vincent Millay 1940 A few figs from thistles: poems and sonnets by … [Read more...]

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...]