October 20, 2018

Citizen U Webinar: Teaching About Journalists & a Free Press

Citizen U lessons infuse civic knowledge, skills, and dispositions across the core subjects in elementary, middle, and high school grades. This interactive webinar will feature practice with interdisciplinary civics, inquiry-based learning, and teaching with primary sources, and provide information about a free elementary-level lesson that can be used in either ELA or social studies classes. You'll also be eligible to enter a drawing for a $50 gift card and to be selected for a chance to earn a … [Read more...]

Primary Source Review: September 16-30, 2018

Find all the fabulous primary sources and teaching ideas shared September 16-30, 2018 by @PSNTPS from the TPS-Barat Primary Source Nexus, the Library of Congress, the House, the Senate, the World Digital Library, teachers and students in the classroom, and more! We’ve got Civics, History, ELA and STEAM resources—for immediate access to all of these, simply follow @PSNTPS on Twitter. … [Read more...]

Primary Source Review: September 1-15, 2018

Find all the fabulous primary sources and teaching ideas shared September 1-15, 2018 by @PSNTPS from the TPS-Barat Primary Source Nexus, the Library of Congress, the House, the Senate, the World Digital Library, teachers and students in the classroom, and more! We’ve got Civics, History, ELA and STEAM resources—for immediate access to all of these, simply follow @PSNTPS on Twitter. … [Read more...]

Citizen U Webinar: Teaching About Dolores Huerta & the United Farm Workers

Citizen U lessons infuse civic knowledge, skills, and dispositions across the core subjects in elementary, middle, and high school grades. This interactive webinar featured practice with interdisciplinary civics, inquiry-based learning, and teaching with primary sources, and information about three ELA-Civics lessons about Dolores Huerta and the United Farm Workers. The lessons reach across grade levels to elementary, middle and high school students.View webinar recording.Related … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: U.S. National Anthem & American Flag

Help students learn about the history and contemporary contexts of the U.S. national anthem and the American flag.Teaching resourcesLearning from the Source: The Star Spangled Banner (K-2)Learning from the Source: The Star Spangled Banner (grades 3-5)Stars, Stripes and Symbols of America: Comparing Our Flag, Past and Present (grades 1-2)Direct students do some background research on the U.S. flag and the U.S. National anthem. Then instruct them to read at least one of … [Read more...]

Today in History: Compromise of 1850

Today in History–September 20–the Library of Congress features the abolishment of the slave trade in Washington D.C., which was a feature of a legislative package known as the Compromise of 1850. Learn more by reading the Today in History section, then clicking the links below to access related primary & secondary sources.Compromise of 1850: American Treasures of the Library of CongressCompromise of 1850 timeline and select documentsJanuary 29, 1850 : Senator Henry Clay … [Read more...]

Learning from the Source: Preamble to the Constitution Image Sequencing

Students deepen their understanding of the preamble to the U.S. Constitution with this primary source image sequencing activity.Lesson implementationDirect students to work individually, in pairs or in small groups to write a definition of the word “democracy”. When students have finished, tell them that the word “democracy” comes from two Greek words: “demos” meaning “people” and “kratos” meaning “power” or “authority.” Ask them if they now want to revise the definitions they … [Read more...]

Today in History: Russian Molokan Church

Today in History–September 14–the Library of Congress features the Russian Molokan Church, which held services in their new church in San Francisco on this day in 1938. Find out more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access related resources.Russian Molokan Church Service photos & audio recordingsMr. and Mrs. J. P. Susoeff and Mr. and Mrs. Popoff singing unaccompanied Russian Molokan hymnsHistoric U.S. newspaper coverage: Russian … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: U.S. Constitution

Primary source lesson plans & activitiesAmerican Memory Timeline: Primary Source Excerpts and Discussion Questions Related to the Constitution The Constitution: Counter Revolution or National Salvation? The Constitution: Drafting a More Perfect Union The Meaning of the Federalist Papers The U.S. Constitution: Continuity and Change in the Governing of the United States Preamble to the Constitution Image Sequencing What was the purpose of the Preamble? Collection … [Read more...]

NHD 2018 Conflict & Compromise Topic Ideas: European History Prior to 1500

These curated resource lists coincide with the topic ideas listed in the NHD 2018 Conflict & Compromise theme sample topics list. The links lead to resources accessed from the Library of Congress (LOC.gov) unless otherwise noted.Charlemagne’s Conquest and the Spread of Architectural IdeasMonarchs and Monasteries - Creating French Culture online exhibition Charlemagne Encyclopædia Britannica Books & other texts related to Charlegmagne Charlemagne picture … [Read more...]