Primary Source Nexus 2015 Summertime Schedule

Summer morning

Typically, TPS-Barat publishes four new blog posts every week on the Primary Source Nexus Teaching Resource Blog along with numerous tweets from @PSNTPS related to teaching with primary sources from the Library of Congress. To conserve program resources and recharge for next school year, we will be reducing the number of posts by half this summer. While you will only see two new posts each week for the next couple of months, don’t forget to check out the extensive resources already available. You can use the blog’s search box located near the top, right of the page or use the links below to browse primary source sets, strategies, activities and lessons. Hope your summer is an energizing one!

Summertime primary source collections

Themed Link Sets

Primary Source Picks

  • Today in History
    uses specific dates in history as a starting point to chronicle people and events that have shaped our world (includes brief background information and lists of primary source sets and individual primary sources from the Library); you will also find links to daily featured Today in History collections below the Browse TPS-Barat Content box
  • Primary Source Spotlight
    provides links to primary source collections and other digital content from the Library based on specific themes
  • Collection Spotlight
    highlights the primary sources and related resources found in individual Library of Congress collections
  • City Spotlight
    highlights primary sources specifically related to individual cities in the United States and around the world
  • State Spotlight
    highlights primary sources specifically related to individual U.S. states; includes primary source sets for all 50 states
  • World Spotlight
    highlights primary sources specifically related to individual countries from all parts of the world

Teaching & Learning

  • Analyzing Primary Sources
    provides activity ideas as well as guiding questions for analyzing different primary source types; also highlights best Library sections for locating particular types of primary sources
  • Connecting to the Common Core
    describes strategies for using primary source learning to meet Common Core State Standards and foster critical thinking skills
  • Learning from the Source
    provides instructions for primary source activities, lesson plans, and projects
  • Literature Links
    provides primary sources and teaching strategies to help students better connect to and understand great books
  • Primary Source Learning
    lists primary source teaching resources related to specific themes
  • Selecting Primary Sources
    provides guidance for selecting primary sources for use in learning activities
  • Teaching Now
    provides examples of how educators are using Library primary sources and teaching resources in the classroom

Tech Tips & Tutorials

  • Finding Resources
    provides guidance on finding primary sources & teaching resources on and
  • Integrating Tech
    provides ideas for integrating technology into teaching and learning with primary sources
  • Using Sources
    provides instructions and strategies for accessing Library primary sources for use in teaching and learning
  • Tech Tools
    highlights technology tools and provides guidance for using these tools when teaching and learning with primary sources

Barat Bits & Bytes
reports news related to the Barat Education Foundation, TPS-Barat, and the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources program

Featured Sources
showcases spectacular examples of primary sources and provides ideas for guided primary source analysis activities related to these sources