October 20, 2020

Citizen U Bulletin: Volume 1, Issue 16



Volume 1, Issue 16


Citizen U

Weaving civics across grades and disciplines
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Featured Lessons: Elections Then & Now

United States: Biggest Business in the World (ES, MS, HS)

Identifying Bias in Presidential Election Newspaper Coverage (MS, HS)

Presidential Election Campaigns: Goal! (HS)

Party Factions (HS)

Technology & Presidential Nominating Conventions (MS, HS)

Absentee Voting & Voting by Mail (MS, HS)

Does Every Vote Count? (MS)

Electoral College: Are All Votes Equal? (MS)

Election Day (MS, HS)

Our American Voice

Action-based civics education program
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On Our Radar

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Our American Voice Facebook Our American Voice Twitter Our American Voice website


TPS Civics

Teaching with Primary Sources from the Library of Congress
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Voting by Mail: It’s Nothing New

La Prensa: Latinx Exile Newspapers

My Job: Helping Veterans Tell Their Stories

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

Special Event with Poet Juan Felipe Herrera October 15, 2020, 4 pm EST
An intimate conversation with former US Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, who will unpack one of his poems recorded for the PALABRA Archive, provide insight into his writing process, discuss poets in the archive who have influenced him, and take participant questions

Congress.gov: Latest Actions on Voting

Current Context: The Election & the Environment
California History Social Science Project

Journalism in Action
PBS NewsHour Extra offers fun, interactive activities, where students can inquire, ask questions, and make their own judgments using news articles, broadcast segments, political cartoons, and photographs curated from the Library’s digital collections

The Source: Teaching in 2020
California History Social Science Project

TPS Teachers Network Introduction
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Volunteer Vignette: Transcribe without fear, don’t be intimidated!
Spotlight on Henry in Virginia
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Voting & Elections in Early America
Google Arts & Culture Online Exhibit from Barat Education Foundation & Constitutional Rights Foundation
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Write. Right. Rite. With Jason Reynolds
Student writing prompt videos
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Online Professional Development


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

Bring the Library of Congress to Your Classroom – academic course
TPS Virginia
October 21, 28; November 4, 11, 18, 2020
Virginia recertification credits available
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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

Using Library of Congress Resources to Build a Historical Argument
National History Day
December 14, 2020 to April 22, 2021
Cost: 58 Free spots available for teachers and librarians in grades 6-12
Credit: 90 professional development hours OR 3 graduate extension credits
Registration Deadline: Friday, November 6, 2020 at NOON EST


Our Rights and Nothing Less: Struggles to Secure the Vote in the U.S.
Primary Source, Emerging America, Massachusetts Historical Society
October 24, 2020, 8:00 am – 2:00 pm EST

2020 Virtual Students Teaching Teachers
Better Angels Society, in partnership with the Library of Congress and National History Day
October 27, 2020 7:00-8:00 pm EST

ICS Fall 2020 Virtual Workshops
Institute for Curriculum Services

  • October 27 – 4:30-5:30 pm EST, Exploring Strategies for Analyzing Primary Sources
  • October 29 – 7:30-8:30 pm EST, Exploring Strategies for Analyzing Primary Sources

Wednesday Webinar: The Question Formulation Technique
TPS Virginia & Sarah Westbrook (RQI)
December 2 4:00-4:30 pm EST
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2020-2021 Discover Tennessee History Webinar Series
3:00 pm CST unless noted otherwise

  • October 28 – The American Constitution: Primary Sources and Resources with East Tennessee Historical Society @3 pm CST | Register
  • November 12 –  Digging in with TPS-MTSU: A Free Press – The Fourth Estate | Register
  • November 19 – Peer-to-Peer Discussion Group: Hands on in a Hands off World with East Tennessee Historical Society @3 pm CST Register
  • December 2 – Manifest Destiny: Primary Sources and Resources with East Tennessee Historical Society
  • @3 pm CST Register
  • December 10 – Digging in with TPS-MTSU: Teaching with Graphic Media | Register
  • March 9 – Discover Tennessee History – Tracing the Trail of Tears through Tennessee | Register

From the TPS Teachers Network
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Library Blog Round-Up

Recent favorites
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October Newsletter for Kids

Free Virtual Student Workshops Available

Free Puzzles: Can You Find the Hidden Picture?

Compare and Contrast Student School Experiences with Library Primary Sources

Ethnic Heritage and Language Schools in America Project

The Exotic Animals of the Americas

National Disability Employment Awareness Month and the Library of Congress

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage in Murals

Hispanic Audio Archive Rebrands as the PALABRA Archive and Releases New Recordings

Advice for Parents from
Book Festival Authors & Around the Library

New Occupational Folklife Project Interviews

Rex Stout on the Air

The Murder of Rasputin

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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  1. […] The latest issue highlights features elections lessons, PD and opportunities from numerous TPS Consortium members, civics news, great blog posts from the Library of Congress, teaching ideas from teacher pros in the field and more. Check it out! […]

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