May 23, 2017

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...]

Literature Links: Alice in Wonderland

Find out some intriguing ways to connect to one of the most beloved stories of all times with various primary sources. The Immigrant Experience: Down the Rabbit Hole Library of Congress Relocating to a new country can be a disorienting experience. Immigrants often find themselves in a strange new world where the rules have changed, the surroundings are unfamiliar, and the inhabitants speak in strange tongues. In some ways, the immigrant experience is like the dizzying journey taken by the … [Read more...]

Featured Image: Santa Claus’ Aeroplane

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Learning from the Source: The Star Spangled Banner K-2

Overview The flag is one of the United States’ most important symbols and the central character of the country’s national anthem. This project introduces students to the key historical events that led to the creation of this patriotic song, helping them to learn the lyrics to The Star Spangled Banner and expand their overall understanding of U.S. history and their personal connections to this country. To complete this project, students will . . . learn about key historical events that … [Read more...]

Learning from the Source: The Star Spangled Banner 3-5

Overview The flag is one of the United States’ most important symbols and the central character of the country’s national anthem. This project introduces students to the key historical events that led to the creation of this patriotic song, helping them to learn the lyrics to The Star Spangled Banner and expand their overall understanding of U.S. history and their personal connections to this country. To complete this project, students will . . . learn about key historical events that … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: Settlement Primary Source Set

  Have students use the primary sources in this set to tell a story about European settlement of present-day United States. The story may be in digital or print form and could be nonfiction, fiction, poetry, or even a song. Click on each thumbnail image below to access the full size primary source. You may also use this primary set for a found poetry activity (click the previous link for instructions). For more primary source sets and other teaching and learning resources look below … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Letter with illustrated fable

  This source is listed as a letter with illustrated fable. What is the moral or lesson of the story? Write and illustrate your own brief fable that contains a moral. Read more about the author and recipient of this letter. What interesting information did you uncover? What other observations, reflections or questions does this source inspire? Let us know! … [Read more...]

Today in History: Halloween

Today in History–October 31–the Library of Congress features Halloween. On this day many Americans celebrate spookiness and becoming someone else by dressing in costumes. To learn more about the origins of this fun-filled holiday and ideas for finding unique Halloween primary sources, visit the Today in History section then click the links below to access more primary sources related to Halloween, ghosts, and witches. Primary source collections Halloween images Halloween songs & … [Read more...]