February 18, 2021

Citizen U Bulletin: Volume 1, Issue 14



Volume 1, Issue 14


Citizen U

Weaving civics across grades and disciplines
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Featured Lessons: Communities & Coalitions


TPS Civics Educator Micro-Credential Program

From the course discussions: “Providing students with essential questions that challenge students to explore sources of conflict rather than identify causes of a specific war, engages them in the real work of historians. Guiding students through research that relies on primary sources such as slave narratives, interviews child laborers, and videos of civil rights protests, places teachers in the role of supporting a students in the inquiry process where they continue to develop their abilities to ask questions, think critically, and create their own narratives. It is in these narratives that students begin to see themselves as having the real potential to become active participants in their community.”

Our American Voice

Action-based civics education program
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Central Middle School
Evergreen Park Elementary School District 124


Annnnd 2020 school year is off to a start! 9th year teaching is one for the books: “The one with the pandemic.” Pictured here is some of my @ouramvoice students from last year and some new ones! 18 in person and 10 remote at the same time.

On Our Radar

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TPS Civics

Teaching with Primary Sources from the Library of Congress
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Government by the Numbers – the US Census

Library Seeks Pictures of Pandemic Experiences

Residency, Race, and Suffrage

Historic Court Cases That Helped
Shape Scope of Copyright Protections

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, Resources

All New Teachers Page
The Library has updated its Web site for teachers to make it more focused and easier for educators to use. | Access

Civics! An American Musical
Players work with the different theatrical departments to learn about a number of important aspects of creating a musical, such as costuming, set design, writing, and music. As the producer, players select the subject matter for their musical from four historical topics: the desegregation of public schools, the National Parks, the FDA, and the Chinese Exclusion Act. It’s then up to them to create a new smash Broadway musical hit that is historically accurate and celebrates the power of everyday citizens in creating change. | Learn more

KidCitizen Guest Director Contest
This fall, KidCitizen is running a contest to become a Guest Director by choosing a primary source photograph that will be the centerpiece of a new KidCitizen episode. Open to teachers everywhere, the KidCitizen Guest Director Contest is open from September 14  through October 14, 2020. Two winners will be selected based on teachers’ votes with help from Library experts. The contest will take place on the TPS Teachers Network, an online community supported by the Library of Congress and dedicated to teaching with primary sources, from. | Learn more

Library of Congress Releases Interactive Map Highlighting 136* Literacy Award Recipients
You’re invited to explore this map to learn about and connect with these recipient organizations and their outstanding initiatives. Many of their websites offer resources and activities that our blog readers might find helpful—and certainly many of their strategies for building literacy skills work well with primary source analysis! | View the map

Meet Peter DeCraene, the 2020-2021 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow at the Library of Congress
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Newspaper Navigator
Search and explore 1.56 million historic newspaper photographs published between 1900 and 1963. You can search by keyword based on the photos’ captions as well as search by visual similarity. | Access

The Primary Source Podcast
These apple podcasts from elementary school teacher librarian and former Library of Congress teacher in residence Tom Bober explore the uses of primary sources in K-12 libraries and classrooms. Dig into resources and teaching strategies as well as talk to educators who are utilizing primary sources and others who curate these incredible items and use them in their work. | Access

Teaching with the Library of Congress: Summer Webinar Series
Recordings and session materials | Access

Virtual 2020 National Book Festival
Full author lineup | Access

Online Professional Development

NCHE September Webinars

  • September 17, 7:00 pm EST – Mimi Stephens (Choices Program, Brown University)
    Racial Slavery in the Americas: Resistance, Freedom, and Legacies
  • September 22, 7:30 pm EST – Kara Dixon Vuic (Texas Christian University)
    Emmy Lou and the Doughboys: Gender and Wholesome Fun in the Great War

Wednesday Webinars
TPS Virginia
4:00-4:30 pm EST
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  • September 16 – Lia Atanat (Maryland Humanities)
    Thinkport Inquiry Kits: Primary Sources for All Learners
  • October 7 – Michael and Ilene Berson (University of Central Florida) KidCitizen, a K-5 app for exploring Congress and Civic Engagement
  • October 14 – Amara Alexander (Library of Congress Einstein fellow) Library of Congress resources for the Science classroom
  • December 2 – Andrew Minigan & Sarah Westbrook (RQI)
    The Question Formulation Technique

Teaching with Primary Sources: Professional Development Providers Institute
TPS Eastern Region
Sep. 30 – Nov. 4
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2020-2021 Discover Tennessee History Webinar Series
5:00 pm EST

  • October 13: Lincolnites and Rebels: Making Sense of Civil War East Tennessee
  • November 10: A Document a Day to Keep Your Students Engaged – Resources from the Tennessee State Library and Archives
  • December 8: Exploring African American History Through Virtual Tours
  • January 12: A Virtual Visit to the Museum of East Tennessee History
  • February 9: Tennessee State Parks and the New Deal
  • March 9: Tracing the Trail of Tears through Tennessee

Accessing Inquiry for English Learners Through Primary Sources
Collaborative for Educational Services
Oct. 19 – Dec. 5
Fee – 22.5 PDPs + 1 graduate credit
Information & registration

From Reform to Equal Rights: Teaching Disability History in the K-12 Classroom
Collaborative for Educational Services
Oct. 27 – Dec. 7
Fee – 22.5 PDPs + 1 graduate credit
Information & registration

From the TPS Teachers Network
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Library Blog Round-Up

Recent favorites
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Listen Up! A Look at Distance Learning

Navigating the Virtual Book Festival

Make Your Own Postcard and Other Ways to Play with Free-to-Use Images

Preserving Family Stories

Taking Flight with the Tissandier Collection: Exploring Early Aviation in Pictures

America Works Podcast

How Newspapers Helped Crowdsource a Scientific Discovery: 1833 Leonid Meteor Storm

Homegrown at Home Archive Challenge

Mystery Photos Solved, Bonus Edition!

Mapping A World Of Cities

By the Sea

From the Pros in the Field

Teaching & Learning with Primary Sources
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Primary Source Nexus Twitter Primary Source Nexus website

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