October 13, 2021

Citizen U Bulletin Volume 2, Issue 8

Last Updated on August 8, 2021


Volume 2, Issue 8



Citizen U

Weaving civics across grades and disciplines
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New Lessons

Making a Mark: Marching & Leaping Towards Reform
Students make connections between protest, reform, and legacy through investigation of the 1963 March on Washington, Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech, Jericho Brown’s poem “Crossing”, and a conversation with poet, teacher, and activist Sonia Sanchez. After, students consider civic actions they might take that would support the promise of American democracy.
Civic Actions to Impact the Future
Students make connections between the past, present, and future of the environment through their own imaginings, analysis of a primary source image, and the poem “Letter to Someone Living Fifty Years from Now” by Matthew Olzmann. After, students might assess waste or pollution in their school or local community, then consider actions they could take today to help positively impact the future by promoting environmentally friendly policies and/or programs.

The Importance of Voting
Students consider the importance of voting as they analyze primary sources and the poem “One Vote” by Aimee Nezhukumatathil. They then learn more about the connection between poetry and the women’s suffrage movement. After, students may investigate a contemporary politician or activist advocating for voting rights and present their findings to the class.
A New National Anthem
Students analyze the lyrics of the “Star Spangled Banner”, then investigate how a 1991 musical rendition of the song by Whitney Houston and a poem by Ada Limón provide them with deeper insights and understanding of the U.S. National Anthem. After, students create a new version of the national anthem by either creating an erasure poem from the lyrics or writing a response to Limón’s poem or the original anthem.

RISE: Racial Equity Webinars & Micro-credential


Action: Inquiry & Civic Action for Equity – Webinar 5 (Apr. 22) Info & Registration

Empathy: Transforming Connections – Webinar 4 Recording & Resources

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

Inquiry: Dismantling Racism – Webinar 2  Recording & Resources

Reflection: Engaging All Students – Webinar 1 Recording & Resources

Our American Voice

Action-based civics education program
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On Our Radar

Civics news & resources from @OurAmVoice
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Primary Source Nexus

Teaching & learning resource blog
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Recent Posts & More from the Archives

TPS Spotlight:
Right Question Institute
Teaching Now:
QFT with a Primary Source

Lesson: Do Good Fences
Make Good Neighbors?
Collection Spotlight:
National Jukebox

Primary Source Spotlight: Asian Pacific American Resources Guided Primary Source Analysis: Chinese Citizenship in Hawaii

TPS Program

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News, Opportunities, Resources

America Works Podcast, Season 2
Episodes available weekly on Thursdays through June 3, 2021 | ListenAt Home Archive Challenge

Celebrating Indigenous Voices: New Poetry and Literature Recordings
PALABRA Archive | Access

Cherokee Resistance and Sovereignty
New DBQuest from iCivics | Learn more

Fame, Fortune and the 2020 National Recording Registry
Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden speaks with Kermit the Frog | Access

The Librarian Seeks Diverse Archivists & Storytellers
PBS Newshour interview with Dr. Carla Hayden | Watch

Library of Congress Family-focused Events
All events are free, but some may require registration

Library of Congress Literacy Series Programs
Information | Premiering on Facebook | Watch on YouTube

  • April 29 at 7:00 pm EST – Poetry Spotlight: Victoria Chang and Brenda Shaughnessy
  • May 20 at 7:00 pm EST – National Book Festival Presents: Walter Isaacson on the Biomedical Future
  • May 27 at 7:00 pm EST – National Book Festival Presents: The Art of the Memoir

Machine Learning and the Social Studies
Benjamin Charles Germain Lee, Ilene R. Berson, and Michael J. Berson. Social Education 85(2) , pp.88–92. National Council for the Social Studies | Read

Mathematical Games of Martin Gardner

Our Common Purpose Series with Kluge Prize winner Danielle Allen

Planning Student Learning Experiences Using Library of Congress Online Exhibitions

Uncertainty and Loss: The Impact of the Pandemic
60-minute webinar | Registration is required and limited to 1,000 participants
Tuesday, April 27 at 11:30 am EST | Registration

Professional Development



Exploring Strategies for Analyzing Primary Sources
Institute for Curriculum Services & the TPS Western Region
April 26 4:30 pm MST
Free | Registration

The Importance of Primary Sources in Teaching in Virginia
TPS Virginia and Virginia Department of Education, Jill Nogueras (Language Arts) & Christonya Brown (Social Studies)
April 28 4:00-4:30 pm EST
Free | Email to register

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
TPS-MTSU with East Tennessee Historical Society
April 29 4:00 pm CST
Free | Email to register


History of European Antisemitism
Institute for Curriculum Services & the TPS Western Region
May 3 4:30 pm MST
Free | Registration

Thinkport Inquiry Kits Showcasing Disability & Immigration History
Maryland Humanities & Emerging America
May 4 4:00-5:00 EST
Free | Information & registration

Strategies to Engage All Students in Asking Their Own Questions Using QFT
Right Question Institute & Emerging America
May 13 4:00-5:00 EST
Free | Information & registration

RISE for Racial Equity –  Action: Shifting to Civic Mindedness
Barat Education Foundation & DePaul University
May 20 5:00-6:00 pm CST
Free | Information | Registration

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



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


Posters for the People: Using WPA Sources
Online, Jul. 5-16
Registration fee; graduate credit available at 50% cost reduction | Information & registration

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

Primary Sources & Project-Based Learning
Explore primary sources from the Library of Congress and the National Archives with Maryland Humanities
Jul. 6 – 29 or 7 to 30; asynchronous with weekly synchronous sessions on Tuesday or Wednesday mornings
Information & registration

Accessing Inquiry for Students with Disabilities through Primary Sources
Emerging America & Maryland Humanities
Jul. 9 – Aug. 8; synchronous webinar Jul. 14 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

A is for Everything: How Typography Shapes our Language and Culture
Online, Jul. 19-30
Registration fee; graduate credit available at 50% cost reduction | Information & registration

From the TPS Teachers Network
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Library Blog Round-Up

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about Cicadas?
African American Genealogy: Searching for Yesterday

Screen-Free Poetry:
Searching for Sound and Rhythm
Six Copyright Concepts
Your K-12 Students Should Know

Sojourner Truth’s
Most Famous Speech
Maps Perpetuating Bias and Bigotry in the 19th Century

Exploring Mars with the Library Shaken to the Core

From the Pros in the Field

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