November 22, 2019

Join Us at NCSS 2019: Booth 22, Session 967, TPS Poster Session

Barat Education Foundation is thrilled to have multiple opportunities to connect with educators from across the country at the National Council for Social Studies annual conference on November 22-23 in Austin, Texas. We've got loads of strategies, free resources, and, of course, swag to share. You'll also have the chance to get in on our raffles to win gift cards or the grand prize, free enrollment in the Citizen U TPS Civics Educator 3-course Micro-credential Program. Come join us! FRIDAY, … [Read more...]

Guided Primary Source Analysis: Bonus Veterans

Carefully study the details of the Bonus Veterans photograph above. Brainstorm a list of questions you would need answered in order to write an article about this image. Share your questions with an elbow partner, then investigate this primary source image set to see what questions you were able to answer. Write a brief summary of what you learned. Work in groups to review the Washington, D.C. Evening Star coverage of the "Bonus Army" (see links below). Read the headlines and first couple of … [Read more...]

Primary Source Review: October 2019

Find all the fabulous primary sources and teaching ideas shared in October 2019 by @PSNTPS from the Primary Source Nexus, the Library of Congress, the House, the Senate, teachers and students in the classroom, and more! We’ve got Civics, History, ELA and STEAM resources—for immediate access to all of these, simply follow @PSNTPS on Twitter. … [Read more...]

NHD 2020: Topic Selection, Research, Sources & More

The graphic above from the Chicago Metro History Fair (CMHF) is a great encapsulation of how to choose a topic for a history fair project. In addition, ask yourself the questions listed below. Does the topic relate to the 220 National History Day (NHD) theme: Breaking Barriers in History? Does the topic relate to local or state history? Does the topic really interest you? Do you have a personal connection to the topic? (It’s not necessary but it can be a good thing.) Will you be … [Read more...]

NHD 2020: Movements & Technologies Primary Sources & Resource Lists

The theme for National History Day 2020 is Breaking Barriers in History.  Below we have highlighted some movements and technologies that have sought to break barriers over time. While some of these may be broad, we encourage you to dig into the links to related primary sources and additional resources to find a particular aspect to focus on. Movements Abolition Bonus Army Civil Rights Conservation Harlem Renaissance New Deal & the Works Progress Administration Woman … [Read more...]

Integrating Tech: Post-It App & Primary Source Analysis

In a TPS Network resource album available to the public, elementary teacher librarian and former teacher in residence at the Library of Congress, Tom Bober (@CaptainLibrary), outlines how his students analyzed an historical newspaper article using the See Think Wonder strategy that layered in the Post-it® app for iPad to help organize students' thinking. The analysis activity was followed up by a reading of A Lady Has the Floor: Belva Lockwood Speaks Out for Women's Rights. Resources … [Read more...]

NHD 2020: People Primary Sources & Resource Lists

The theme for National History Day 2020 is Breaking Barriers in History.  Below we have highlighted some extraordinary people and groups across the ages and have provided you with links to related primary sources and additional resources. Activists  Grace Abbott Jane Addams Susan B. Anthony Mary McLeod Bethune Carrie S. Burnham Rachel Carson Carrie Chapman Catt Shirley Chisholm Anna Dickinson Dorothea Dix Frederick Douglass W.E.B. Du Bois Betty … [Read more...]

Timely Connections: Teaching About Presidential Impeachment

In an October 3, 2019 article, Teaching Impeachment in Politically Risky Times, Education Week discusses the issues teachers face in the current context and the importance of seizing this teachable moment. "For the nation’s government and civics teachers, it all comes down to this: The wheels of a rarely used, constitutionally prescribed process—impeachment—have been set in motion. And now those teachers are on the front lines of helping interpret it for the nation’s students. Whether … [Read more...]

Today in History: Plymouth Colony

Today in History–October 4–the Library of Congress features Plymouth Colony. On October 4, 1636, the General Court of Plymouth Colony instituted a legal code that guaranteed citizens a trial by jury and laws made with the consent of freemen. Discover more by reviewing the Today in History section, then click the links below to access stories and primary sources. The Treaty That Saved Plymouth Colony The Murder of Penowanyanquis and the Trial of Arthur Peach, Plymouth, 1638 Plymouth … [Read more...]

Primary Source Review: September 2019

Find all the fabulous primary sources and teaching ideas shared September 2019 by @PSNTPS from the Primary Source Nexus, the Library of Congress, the House, the Senate, the World Digital Library, teachers and students in the classroom, and more! We’ve got Civics, History, ELA and STEAM resources—for immediate access to all of these, simply follow @PSNTPS on Twitter. … [Read more...]