February 26, 2021

Citizen U Bulletin Volume 2, Issue 2

Bulletin

Volume 2, Issue 2

CIVICS IN ACTION

Citizen U

Weaving civics across grades and disciplines
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New Lessons

Primary Source Activity Book
Students become familiar with primary sources and learn about Abraham Lincoln and his accomplishments while fostering a personal connection to this U.S. president. Cross-curricular extension activities for each page provide numerous options for extending learning and all pages are available in both English and Spanish with accompanying audio files.
Gettysburg Address Game On
Students develop a deep understanding of the literary and historical value of the Gettysburg Address through analysis of primary sources and a close reading of the text with several game-based activities to reinforce knowledge and understanding. After, students connect their learning to today by writing a response to the lesson focus question: In what ways is equality a proposition worth fighting for?
Presidential Portraits
Students learn about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln through the lens of both primary and secondary sources, investigating different types of primary sources, considering how portraits are created to convey information, and imagining their own presidential potential.
Monumental Men
Through the lens of both primary and secondary sources, students learn about the characters and contributions of these presidents and determine for themselves the qualities and accomplishments that make someone, including themselves, worthy of a lasting tribute.

RISE: Racial Equity Webinars & Micro-credential

Inquiry: Dismantling Racism – Webinar 2 Recording & Resources

Reflection: Engaging All Students – Webinar 1 Recording & Resources

Self-Awareness: Healing History – Webinar 3 (Feb. 18) Information and Registration

Our American Voice

Action-based civics education program
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On Our Radar

Civics news & resources from @OurAmVoice
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Civics education critical for national security, former officials say Lowell Sun

Same Old Civics Ed. Won’t Save Us EducationWeek

Now Is A Good Time To Talk To Kids About Civics NPR

Forever Yours in Civics by Shawn P. Healy

6 Ways to Raise Informed, Active Citizens NPR via Mary Ellen Daneels

How Difficult ‘Day After’ Discussions with Students Can Help Them Process the Present and Prepare for the Future KQED

Early Takeaways on What Worked to Reach Youth During the 2020 Election Circle

2020 Election Is Over, But Young People Believe in Continued Engagement Circle

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TEACHING WITH PRIMARY SOURCES

Primary Source Nexus

Teaching & learning resource blog
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Recent Posts

Primary Source Learning:
Inaugural Poems & Poets
TPS Spotlight:
Voices for Suffrage
Primary Source Spotlight:
U.S. Presidential Inaugurations
Finding Resources: Library of Congress Research Guides

Posts from the Archive

Primary Source Learning:
African American History
Primary Source Spotlight:
U.S. Presidents

TPS Program

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News, Opportunities, Resources

Academy of American Poets New Lesson Plans
Analyzing poems & primary sources | Access

The Art of the Book
Library of Congress Magazine Vol. 10 No. 1: Jan.-Feb. 2021 | Read

Chronicling America Historical Newspaper Collection: New Content from 1777
Headlines & Heroes | Learn more

Congress.gov New, Tip, and Top for January 2021
Get the scoop

Help the Library of Congress Labs Team Learn How to Support Our Users
seeking input from the following groups: K-12 teachers, guides or tutors; art or content creation undergraduate students; clergy and community organizers or activists; media, particularly data journalists – More information | Sign up

Historical Investigations: Georgia Leaders on the World Stage
Historical Investigations on Jimmy Carter; Martin Luther King, Jr.; Senator Richard Russell; and Congressman John Lewis employ student-centered activities focused on research through exploring digitized primary source sets | Access

Immigrant History through Primary Sources
Resources from Emerging America | Access

Library of Congress Literacy Awards
honoring nonprofit schools and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to increasing literacy in the United States and abroad
Application deadline Mar. 5 | OverviewInformation & application

National History Day Seeks Judges
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The Peaceful Transition of Power
Civics 101 Podcast | Listen

Picture Books and Primary Sources: The Teachers March!
The Primary Source Podcast and AASL Knowledge Quest blog post from
master teacher Tom Bober – Listen to the Apple podcast | Read the blog post

Pictures Worth Reading: A Teacher’s Guide to Comics!
UArts-TPS | Access

Presidential Oath of Office
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden uses George Washington’s autographed 1789 book that includes the Constitution to show the original wording of the presidential oath (YouTube video) | Watch

Presidential Pets
A short look at the (mostly) four-legged occupants of the White House
(YouTube videos) | Watch overview
Learn about the Coolidges and Rebecca the Raccoon (blog post)
Find out about Taft’s cow Pauline

Reading Like a Historian lessons in Spanish
Stanford History Education Group | Watch

Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff Goes to the @Library of Congress
Tune in to his visit as he looks to the past for inspiration for today (via YouTube)
Watch

Teach it Yourself
Scripted lessons from The Leventhal Map & Education Center | Access

WPA / Cyber Safety Lesson Plan
In this University of the Arts lesson, middle school students complete a cyber safety unit and create their own cyber safety posters inspired by the WPA Posters collection from the Library of Congress | Access

Online Professional Development

WEBINARS/WORKSHOPS
January

Social Studies Supervisors Symposium
Institute for Curriculum Studies
January 28 1:00 pm EST
Free | Registration

Double Take: White House or Not?
Kristi Finefield, Library of Congress Reference Specialist, Prints & Photographs
January 28 4:00-5:00 pm EST
Free | Information | Registration

Why Use Secondary 6-12 Inquiry to Teach About Race and Democracy Through Primary Sources?
NCHE & NCSS
January 28 7:00 pm EST
Free | Information & registration

February

Engaging Congress
TPS Virginia with Elizabeth Osborn and Anne Bono, Indiana University
February 03 4:00-4:30 pm EST
Free | Email to register

Veterans History Project
TPS Virginia with Andrew Huber, Library of Congress
February 10 4:00-4:30 pm EST
Free | Email to register

History’s Mysteries
TPS Virginia with elementary program creators Laurie Risler and Kelley Brown
February 17 4:00-4:30 pm EST
Free | Email to register

Double Take: Why Was This Picture Made?
Sara Duke, Library of Congress Curator, Prints & Photographs
February 18 4:00-5:00 pm EST
Free | Information | Registration

RISE for Racial Equity – Self-Awareness: Healing History
Barat Education Foundation & DePaul University
February 18 5:00-6:00 pm CST
Free | Information | Registration

Eagle Eye Citizen
TPS Virginia with Nate Sleeter, Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University
February 24 4:00-4:30 pm EST
Free | Email to register

March
Discover Tennessee History – Tracing the Trail of Tears through Tennessee

TPS MTSU
March 9 4:00 pm CST
Free | Register

RISE for Racial Equity – Empathy: Transforming Connections
Barat Education Foundation & DePaul University
March 18 5:00-6:00 pm CST
Free | Information | Registration

Double Take: When Was This Photograph Taken?
Kristi Finefield, Library of Congress Reference Specialist, Prints & Photographs
March 25 4:00-5:00 pm EST
Free | Information | Registration coming soon

April
RISE for Racial Equity – Action: Inquiry and Civic Action for Equity

Barat Education Foundation & DePaul University
April 22 5:00-6:00 pm CST
Free | Information | Registration

Double Take: How Should We Index This Image?
Arden Alexander, Cataloging Specialist, & Libby McKiernan, Processing Technician, Library of Congress Prints & Photographs
April 29 4:00-5:00 pm EST
Free | Information | Registration coming soon

Anytime
North Carolina Workshops

Mars Hill University
Free | Email Bridget Morton

Virtual Student Workshops
Library of Congress
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
Free | Access request form

COURSES

Professional Development Providers Institute
TPS Eastern Region
Jan. 28 – Mar. 4, Thursdays, 5:30-6:30 pm EST
Free – up to 25 CEU hours for course completion, with option to earn 10 more afterwards | Information & registration

Accessing Inquiry for Students with Disabilities Through Primary Sources
Collaborative for Educational Services
Feb. 19 – Apr. 2; synchronous webinar Feb. 23 7:00-8:15 pm EST
Fee – 22.5 PDPs (MA), 15 hours (other states), or 1 grad credit in History from Westfield State University | Information & registration

Strategies for Teaching Inquiry with English Learners through Primary Sources 6-hour asynchronous course
Emerging America, Metropolitan State University of Denver, TPS Western Region
Mar. 3-30
Free | Registration

Accessing Inquiry for English Learners through Primary Sources
Collaborative for Educational Services
Apr. 9 – May 21; synchronous webinar Apr. 13 7:00-8:15 pm EST
Fee – 22.5 PDPs (MA), 15 hours (other states), or 1 grad credit in History from Westfield State University | Information & registration

Teaching the History’s Mysteries K-5 Curriculum
Led by program creators, Laurie Risler and Kelley Brown
Apr. 14, 7-8:15 pm EST, Jun. 14, 7:00-8:15 pm EST
Fee – 10 PDPs | Information & registration

NEH SUMMER PD
Mostly virtual programs with stipends
1-3 weeks – majority in July with some in late June or early August
Application deadlines Mar. 1

Application Information & Links

From the TPS Teachers Network
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Balloons

Brush with History

The first vice president of color was Charles Curtis: an untold story

Hail to the NEW Chief – Music for the Inauguration

NASA Album

Primary Sources and Picture Books: The Teachers March! Album

Revisiting Historical Photography with New Lenses

Scents of history: study hopes to recreate smells of old Europe

Teaching Critical Race Theory with Primary Sources Album

Library Blog Round-Up

Recent favorites
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Weathering the Weather on Inauguration Day
Inauguration Stories: George Washington’s Surprising Speech
20 Questions: U.S. Presidential Trivia Quiz
Couldn’t Escape the Idea: UnLOCk the Box
Flickr Commons: A 13th Anniversary and the COVID-19 American Experiences
Discovering Mathematical Qualities in Primary Sources from the 1918 Flu Pandemic
Chronicling America: Searching Made Easy
Ride the (electromagnetic) Wave with Percy Spencer!

From the Pros in the Field

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