January 9, 2021

Citizen U Bulletin: Volume 1, Issue 20




Volume 1, Issue 20


Citizen U

Weaving civics across grades and disciplines
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Newest Lessons Added from
Teaching with the Library of Congress



Our American Voice

Action-based civics education program
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On Our Radar

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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

2021 GRAB THE MIC Spring Tour with Jason Reynolds
Proposals for are now being accepted via Library of Congress partner, Every Child a Readers | Submit

Congress.gov New, Tip & Tops: December 2020

Current Context: The Future of Cars
This issue from the California History Social Science Project helps students understand today by putting current events in their appropriate historical context | Read

Great Photographs
The November/December 2020 issue of the Library of Congress Magazine focuses on photography and features 25 fabulous photographs from the collections| Read

Journalism in Action Lesson Testing
PBS NewsHour Extra is looking for teachers to test their new site that uses the history of U.S. journalism to teach students media literacy, history and primary source research. Check out the lessons and provide feedback.

Learning from Rosa Parks
Blog post from the National Council of Teachers of English | Access

Living Nations, Living Words
This project from U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo features a sampling of work by 47 Native Nations poets through an interactive ArcGIS Story Map and a newly developed Library of Congress audio collection.

New History’s Mysteries Units for Young Detectives

  • Kindergarten: “How do we celebrate our traditions?”
  • Grade 5: “How did Kossula Cudjo Lewis and other enslaved people experience the Atlantic World?”

The People in Our Neighborhood: A Primary Source Mystery
NCHE webinar recording with KidCitizen | Watch

Virtual Student Workshops
available Tuesdays through Thursdays between 10 am and 4 pm EST, except for federal holidays, on a first-come, first-served basis and subject to staff availability | Access Request Form

Online Professional Development


Book Backdrops Using Primary Sources to Provide Context for Fiction
TPS Virginia
December 9 4:00-4:30 pm EST
Free | Email to register

National Portrait Gallery for Librarians
with Tom Bober
December 9 4:00-5:30 pm CST
Free | Register

Digging in with TPS-MTSU: Teaching with Graphic Media
December 10 3:00 pm CST

Free | Email to register

Teaching the History’s Mysteries K-5 Curriculum
Emerging America
December 14 7:00-8:15 pm EST
Partially subsidized | Information & registration

Book Backdrops Using Primary Sources to Provide Context for Nonfiction
TPS Virginia
December 16 4:00-4:30 pm EST
Free | Email to register

RISE for Racial Equity – Reflection: Engaging All Students
Barat Education Foundation & DePaul University
December 17 5:00-6:00 pm CST
Free | Information | Registration

Coincidentally…or maybe I should say, “Of course”
TPS Virginia with Lee Ann Potter, Director – Professional Learning and Outreach Initiatives, Library of Congress
January 6 4:00-4:30 pm EST
Free | Email to register

Discover Tennessee History – Tracing the Trail of Tears through Tennessee
March 9 4:00 pm CST

Free | Register


Becoming Visually Literate In The Humanities Classroom
National Humanities Center
January 11 – February 26, 2021
$125 – 35 PD hours | Information & registration

From the TPS Teachers Network
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Library Blog Round-Up

Recent favorites
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Diversity & Inclusion: Spending a Moment at Uncle Sam’s Thanksgiving Table

Encouraging Student Exploration of the Power of Political Symbolism through Suffrage Cartoons

December Edition

Speculative Annotation in the Classroom:
A Conversation with Educator Ashley Wood and Innovator Courtney McClellan

Puppet Power: Shadow Theater

That’s Just Hysterical:
The Lindgren Brothers’ Tourist Maps

Cooking Up History:
Holiday Baking with a Retro Twist

Letterpress Artist Amos Paul Kennedy Jr.’s
Rosa Parks Series

2020 National Book Festival: Jason Reynolds

2020 National Book Festival: Mo Willems

Literary Treasures: The Poetvision Video Series

Did You Know Eddie Van Halen Had a Patent?

Flashing Back on Jimi Hendrix

Fluffy Ruffles in the Popular Press

Updated Report on U.S. Government
Responses to the Coronavirus

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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