July 27, 2020

Citizen U Bulletin: Volume 1, Issue 8



Volume 1, Issue 8


Citizen U

Weaving civics across grades and disciplines
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Newest Lessons

Engine Company 54 lost 15 men, 9/11/01
Through analysis of a collage created post 9/11, students consider how art help us to process and understand difficult events then collect everyday materials to create a piece of art and an accompanying curator note that reflects on a contemporary event.
Tree of Liberty
Students compare and contrast perspectives of the economics of slavery and free industry in the mid 19th century, then consider issues they might include under a tree of liberty for modern times.
Presidential Election Campaigns: Goal!
Students investigate presidential elections in the early 20th century, then read contemporary newspaper articles related to contemporary presidential election campaigns from different ends of the political spectrum and present their learning through creation of a modern political cartoon.


TPS Civics Educator Micro-Credential Program

From the course discussions: “Citizen U appears to leverage the Library of Congress’ vast wealth of available sources to create lessons for students that support state learning standards for both content and skills, delve into a relevant and current issue facing our society, and combines sources from the present and the past to create a more authentic learning experiences.”


Webinar 1: Navigating Teacher & Student Stress in Uncertain Times
Webinar 2: Getting Student Attention When Teaching Remotely
Webinar 3: Keeping Students Engaged When Teaching Remotely
Webinar 4: Empowering Students When Teaching Remotely

Our American Voice

Action-based civics education program
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Thanks to all the OAV Teacher Facilitators!


Heritage Middle School
Berwyn South School District 100


Somonauk Middle School
CUSD #432

Somonauk Middle School OAV students made a commitment to support the common good at their school and in their community. Watch their project video.


Owen Marsh Elementary
Springfield School District 186

Owen Marsh OAV students put civics into action to help out local homeless shelters. Watch their project video.


Central Middle School
Evergreen Park Elementary SD 124

Central Middle School OAV students put civics into action to help improve opportunities for students with disabilities. Check out their Kindness Karaoke fundraiser and watch their project video

On Our Radar

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TPS Civics

Teaching with Primary Sources from the Library of Congress
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Using Primary Sources to Explore
Civic Virtue During Times of Crisis


Susie King Taylor: The Courage of an
African American Nurse and Teacher


Veterans History Project: “A Solemn but
Glorious Hour” Remembering V-E Day


VE Day – This Is Not A Drill


VHP’S Newest Online Exhibit:
End of WWII 75th Anniversary


Stone/Blackwell Marriage:
To Love And Honor, But Not “Obey”


Barber Shops, Primary Sources, and
Our Need to Connect


“Democracy Stories from the
Long Road to Freedom”


Race in America


1954 Shooting at the U.S. Capitol


Heroes for Our Age: Celebrating Nurses


From the TPS Teachers Network
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Primary Source Nexus

Teaching resource blog
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Recent Posts


Featured Content from the Archives

TPS Program

News, Opportunities, PD & Resources

News & Opportunities

Library of Congress Online Office Hours for Teachers
Current sessions (Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:00-3:00pm EST) and resources/recordings from past sessions Access

Emerging America Resources for Education During a Pandemic
Resources for teachers who are rapidly retooling curricula for remote learning and enrichment for students sheltering at home Access

Right Question Institute Virtual QFT Kits
Resources for Padlet and Google forms Access

Teaching with Primary Sources-MTSU May Newsletter
Theme: Historic Epidemics Volume II Access


Online Professional Development

2020 Summer Webinars
Library of Congress
Wednesdays 2:00-3:00pm EST through August 5 
Free, certificate for 1 hour of professional development available for live webinar participants
Information & Recordings

  • May 27: Foundations: Analyzing Primary Sources from the Library of Congress Register
  • June 3:  Reflecting on Using Primary Sources to Meet the Needs of Diverse Learners Register
  • June 10: Foundations: Finding Resources on LOC.gov Register
  • June 17: Pairing Primary Sources and Picture Books Register
  • June 24: Foundations: Analyzing Complex Images Register
  • July 1:    Turning Inquiry into Action: How to Engage Young Learners with KidCitizen Register
  • July 8:    Foundations: Selecting Primary Sources Register
  • July 15:  Learning to Teach All Over Again: Teachers’ Reflections on Using Primary Source Analysis to Engage English Learners in Critical Democratic Discussions Register
  • July 22:  Foundations: Analyzing Multiple Perspectives Register
  • July 29:  Rosa Parks: In Her Own Words Register
  • Aug. 5:   Foundations: Information Literacy and Primary Sources Register

Engaging Strategies
Mars Hill TPS
June 1 to July 31 
Free, 1 CEU
Register by May 28

Teaching with Primary Sources
TPS Midwest Region
June 9 to July 21 OR June 11 to July 23
2 graduate credits or 25 PD hours, $60 service fee
Information & Registration

Civil Rights Act of 1964
Mars Hill TPS
June 18 to 27 
Free, 1 CEU
Register by May 31

Industrial Revolution
Teaching with Primary Sources — MTSU with the East Tennessee History Center
June 18
Free – Register

Historical Argumentation Webinar Series
National History Day
June 29 to August 24 with live webinars July 8, 23 & August 5, 19
90 professional development hours OR 3 graduate extension credits
58 scholarships (one per affiliate) are being offered
Scholarship application

America and World Fascism: From the Spanish Civil War to Nuremberg and Beyond
Emerging America
June 30-July 28, required online session July 8 from 7:00 – 8:00pm ET 
22.5 PDPs; 1 graduate credit with additional fee
Fee – Register by June 26

Accessing Inquiry for Students with Disabilities Through Primary Sources
Emerging America
July 6-31, required online session July 8 from 7:00 – 8:00pm ET 
22.5 PDPs; 1 graduate credit with additional fee
Fee – Register by June 26


In-Person Professional Development

Tentative programs still open for registration

Battle for the Ballot: A Summer Teacher Institute
Teaching with Primary Sources — MTSU
June 23-25 in Nashville

Teaching with Primary Sources Summer Institutes: Primary Sources & Project-Based Learning
Maryland Humanities
 – Salisbury University: July 6-10 
    3 MSDE credits, 3 graduate credits for a fee
 – National Archives at College Park, MD: July 20-24
    3 MSDE credits
Free – Information | Application

Teaching Historical Awareness
Teaching with Primary Sources — MTSU 
July 9-10 in Knoxville


From the TPS Teachers Network
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Library Blog Round-Up

Recent favorites
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Jason Reynolds: A Book Cover For Your Life



Dav Pilkey Introduces a New Character!



Exploring Joy Harjo’s Poetry and Music
with Students


When Life Gives You Lemon Pies: Consuming History through a Community Cookbook


Hooray to Natasha Trethewey and
“The Poetry of Home”


No Need to Hold these Horses:
New Free to Use and Reuse Set


Free to Use and Reuse: Maps of Cities


Let’s Talk Comics


We Love Lucy…Roadside Architecture and Pachyderm Primary Source Analysis

From the Pros in the Field

Teaching & Learning with Primary Sources
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