May 29, 2017

Analyzing Primary Sources Using Question Cubes

If your students need help with asking questions when analyzing primary sources, bring out the question cubes. You can make them from paper or cleaned-out school milk cartons. Each student or student group should get two cubes (see image directly above and below) and roll both to help get those questions flowing. You can also create your own cubes with various phrases or sentence stems. Download the question cube templates and let us know what works for you and your … [Read more...]

Finding Resources: Ask Us, Ask a Librarian!

If you've browsed and searched the TPS-Barat Primary Source Nexus and still can't find what you were looking for, feel free to contact us with questions about Library resources or strategies for teaching with primary sources. We also welcome you to leave a comment on any post. You can get help directly from the Library of Congress too. The Ask a Librarian resource provides several different avenues to get your questions answered. There are links to email forms for a variety of Library … [Read more...]

Connecting to the Common Core: Close Observation & Purposeful Questions

The Teaching with the Library of Congress blog provides several ideas for inspring close observation and engaging students with primary sources, including having students make personal connections to an item, look for clues to time period and authorship, look for details that provide evidence of their thinking, and ask purposeful questions. Close observation of images is great practice for close reading of text, a strategy emphasized in the Common Core State Standards, in particular CCSS reading … [Read more...]