October 27, 2021

Citizen U Bulletin Volume 2, Issue 4

Last Updated on August 8, 2021


Volume 2, Issue 4



Citizen U

Weaving civics across grades and disciplines
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New Lessons

Tactics in the March to Suffrage
Students examine the tactics supporters of the woman suffrage movement used in their long quest to gain the right to vote through primary source analysis, consider the effectiveness of various social movement strategies, and create their own tactical plan to affect change.
American Women Perceptions & Roles
Students analyze historical primary sources and then create their own contemporary sources as they investigate and consider how perceptions of women in America and their roles in society have evolved over time. After, students brainstorm ways that citizens can work to achieve greater equality for all.

RISE: Racial Equity Webinars & Micro-credential


Self-Awareness: Healing History – Webinar 3 Recording & Resources

Inquiry: Dismantling Racism – Webinar 2  Recording & Resources

Reflection: Engaging All Students – Webinar 1 Recording & Resources

Empathy: Transforming Connections – Webinar 4 (Mar. 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 in Real Life Florida Joint Center for Citizenship

The Insurrection Highlights the Need for Civics Learning EducationWeek

Increased educational focus on civics, history will create engaged citizenry Las Vegas Sun

Civics education may become mandatory course at Indiana middle schools Princeton Daily Clarion

The next front in the gerrymandering wars: Which people get counted? Washington Post

Redistricting in Illinois – We Draw the Lines Representable

Constitutional Democracy Project Youth Opportunities Chicago-Kent College of Law

  • 2021 You(th) Decide: Mar. 5 9:00 am – 1:30 pm CST via Zoom | Register
  • Illinois Youth Summit: May 14 9:00 am – 1:00 pm CST via Zoom | Register

Project WE BEAM interactive, livestreamed public art installation that features the work of 5th graders’ art and thoughts about climate change

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Primary Source Nexus

Teaching & learning resource blog
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Recent Posts

Collection Spotlight: African American Perspectives Analyzing Primary Sources: Tools & Guides
Finding Resources:
LOC.gov Teachers’ Section
Primary Source Spotlight: Three-Fifths Compromise & the Northwest Ordinance

Posts from the Archive

Primary Source Spotlight: Women’s History Primary Source Learning: Women in U.S. History

TPS Program

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News, Opportunities, Resources

Calling All Middle Grades Social Studies and Theater Teachers
Civics! An American Musical is looking for middle school classrooms to try out their new digital learning activity, and give feedback on it, between March and May 2021; teachers will receive a one-year classroom license (40 seats) to each product in the FableVision Games and FableVision Learning catalog | Interest form

Concerts from the Library of Congress
March 10, 12, 19, 26

Congress.gov Virtual Website Overview
Thursday February 25, 2021

Current Context – Biden vs Trump: The Environment
California History Social Science Project | Access

Folklife Today Podcast Archive

History Materials on the African American Freedom Movement
Stanford History Education Group | Access

How Do Maps Help Us Understand the World?
History’s Mysteries Grade 4 Unit 1 | Access

Italian Americans in the West Project
New digital collection
Access | Read the blog post

National History Day Seeks Volunteer Judges for National Competition
Information | Contact

Rediscovering Eleanor Roosevelt
Author David Michaelis
Thursday, March 18, 2021 7:00 pm EST
Watch on Facebook OR Watch on YouTube

Open Access Books Collection
currently contains 1,500 contemporary open access e-books | Access

On the Road with Jason Reynolds
A conversation with Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden
Thursday, February 25, 2021 4:00-5:00 pm EST
Watch on Facebook OR Watch on YouTube

Using History’s Mysteries to Teach African American History
Post on Emerging America | Read

War, Combat and the American Soldier
Historians Margaret MacMillan & Rick Atkinson
Thursday, March 25, 2021 7:00 pm EST
Watch on Facebook OR Watch on YouTube

Professional Development


Unladylike2020: Elevating the Hidden History of American Women

PBS Learning Media & New Visions
All webinars held from 6:00-7:00 pm EST
Free | Information & registration

  • February 25: Overview of the Series and Classroom Resources
  • March 2: Teaching Historical Thinking Skills
  • March 4: Indigenous Changemakers
  • March 9: Fighting Racism: Civil Rights in the Progressive Era

Discover Tennessee History – Tracing the Trail of Tears through Tennessee

March 9 4:00 pm CST
Free | Registration

An Evening with Sarah Vowell Examining Complexity andBbiases in Researching and Writing Histories
March 10 7:00 pm EST
Free | Registration

Digging in with TPS-MTSU: Scientific Advancement
March 11 4:00 pm CST
Free | Email to register

A More Civil Union: The Role of News Literacy in Civic Education
Chicago-Kent College of Law & News Literacy Project
March 11 4:00-5:30 pm CST
Free | Registration

Ask TPS-MTSU: Discussion Session
with East Tennessee Historical Society
March 18 4:00 pm CST
Free | Email to register | Submit a question

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

Henry Grady’s New South
Watson-Brown Foundation & Teaching American History
March 24 4:55-6:05 pm EST
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


Digging in with TPS-MTSU: Tennessee Literature
April 8 4:00 pm CST
Free | Email to register

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

Understanding and Unpacking Revolutions: Teaching Thematically with Primary Sources
with East Tennessee Historical Society
March 18 4:00 pm CST
Free | Email to register

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



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

Bring the Library of Congress to Your Classroom
TPS Virginia
Wednesdays 4-5:00 pm EST March 3, 10, 17, 24, April 7 followed by independent hours each week
Free, 30 Virginia recertification/licensure renewal points upon completion
Email to register

Accessing Inquiry for English Learners through Primary Sources
Emerging America, 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

The Right to Privacy: “The Most Valued and Comprehensive Right”
Emerging America, Collaborative for Educational Services
May 3 – Jun. 25; synchronous webinars May 19 & Jun. 9 7:00-8:15 pm EST
Fee – 67.5 PDPs (MA) or 3 grad credits from Westfield State University (additional fee) | Information & registration


Culturally Relevant Pedagogy Through the Lens of Appalachian Culture
In-person at Mars-Hill University
Jul. 6-8
Questions? Contact Bridget Morton | Registration

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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American Political Dynasties: The Future of a Political Party

Coal River Mountain and Environmental Justice Album

The Holocaust – Nazi Propaganda Album

How Music is a Voice for Change Album

Kent State Massacre Album

Meet Me At the Mall: An Architectural and Cultural History

Perseverance has landed!

Rebel Ladies Album

Street View – Late 19th Early 20th Century style

Using GarageBand with Children’s Books Album

Virtual Book Club: These Truths – Chapter 12

Wadsworth Jarrell, Revolutionary

Library Blog Round-Up

Recent favorites
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A Sponge-Headed Cartoon Character and Staying Healthy A Whirlwind History of
Diversity in Hockey

Katherine Dunham’s Caribbean Ethnographic Research Observing the Fire Star: Selected Maps of the Red Planet

Celebrating Life in Death – African American Funeral Homes Portrait Monument: A “Monumental” Day for Women

Searching for Signs of Spring: Pruning Search Results An Old Book, a Former Student, and Research Strategies

The Hobby Boom of the 1950s What Was the Green Man?

From the Pros in the Field

Teaching & learning with primary sources
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