June 29, 2017

Primary Source Learning: Developing Information Literacy Skills

The Library of Congress has long realized that teaching with primary sources engages students and promotes critical thinking skills and helps them to construct knowledge. Early on TPS-Barat recognized the connection between the processes represented in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the process of analyzing and interpreting primary sources. This shift from a primary focus on content knowledge to the process of interacting with and comprehending, analyzing, and evaluating content … [Read more...]

Learning from the Source: Geography & the Civil War

This is a guest post from Nicole Woulfe, a middle school social studies teacher from New Hampshire and a Citizen U pilot lesson implementer. Learn more about the creation, implementation and reflection of this lesson. Focus Question What role did geography play in the turning points of Vicksburg and Sherman’s March during the Civil War? Content goal Geography Grade 6 Competency: Students will demonstrate and apply knowledge of geography and geographic tools in the study of the … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: Primary Sources Through Time

Looking for primary sources related to a particular time period in U.S. history? The Teaching with Library of Congress blog suggests using the American Memory Timeline,  an online presentation that provides a comprehensive look through U.S. history using primary sources from the Library’s collections. For teaching ideas, read the whole blog post. More resources are listed below. U.S. History by Time Period links to primary sources & more resources, colonial beginnings to the 21st … [Read more...]

NHD 2017: Selecting a Topic for a History Project

The graphic above from the Chicago Metro History Fair (formerly Chicago Metro History Education Center or CMHEC) is a great encapsulation of how to choose a topic for a history fair project. In addition, ask yourself the questions listed below. Does the topic relate to the 2017 National History Day (NHD) theme: Taking a Stand in History? For Illinois students, does the topic relate to local or Illinois state history? Does the topic really interest you? Do you have a personal … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: Civil War

Civil War photograph lessons & activities The Mathew Brady Bunch New Technologies and New Uses Using Sources: Civil War Photography Technology & Tricks What Do You See? Civil War Photojournalism: A Record of War The Civil War Through a Child’s Eye Collection Connections teaching strategies & activities Abraham Lincoln Papers Alfred Whital Stern Collection of Lincolniana Civil War Maps Civil War Soldier in the Wild Cat Regiment Poet at Work: … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: Crowdsourced Poetry

Looking for a way to integrate more poetry into your curriculum during national poetry month in April? Take a look at the project of U.S. Poet LaureateJuan Felipe Herrera. La Casa de Colores, specifically La Familia, is a crowdsourced epic poem project that began in September 15, 2015 and will span the length of Herrera’s Laureateship. The current segment is World Unity Tortillas. Past segments include: La Familia Migrants Language Weavers Peace Veterans There are several ways … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: U.S. Presidents

Learning from the Source: lessons Abraham Lincoln & Me Primary Source Activity Book The Art of Mourning (Lincoln) Monumental Men Mourning Lincoln & the Art of Tribute Presidential Portraits Indian Territory Resettlement Featured Sources: guided primary source analysis activities Jefferson’s Pasta Machine Abolition frowned down (Quincy Adams) Rats Leaving a Falling House (Van Buren) Footrace, Pennsylvania Avenue (Tyler & Polk) Pierce examining a … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: Slavery (U.S.)

Collection Connections: Arts & Humanities, Critical Thinking & U.S. History teaching ideas Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1938 From Slavery to Freedom: The African-American Pamphlet Collection, 1822-1909 Slaves and the Courts, 1740-1860 Slavery in the United States: Primary Sources and the Historical Record Learning from the Source: Close Reading in Service of a Cause Primary Source Learning: Civil War & Reconstruction … [Read more...]

Teaching Now: Going Gaga Over Suffrage

This is a guest post from veteran educator Carrie Veatch, who has a special interest in inquiry learning and primary sources and is a member of the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Mentor Advisory Group. While studying the women’s suffrage movement I decided to mix Library of Congress primary sources with pop culture to capture my students’ attention and lead them on a creative exercise in inquiry, I have to admit, after seeing Soomo Publishing’s parody video production of We … [Read more...]