May 7, 2021

Citizen U Bulletin Volume 2, Issue 9

  Bulletin Volume 2, Issue 9 SUBSCRIBE CIVICS IN ACTION Citizen U Weaving civics across grades and disciplines Click the links to access, like and share New Lessons Champions of Change Students analyze a variety of primary sources to … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Teachers & Teaching

“The trouble is that we don’t always realize how important teachers are, in music or in anything else. Teaching is probably the noblest profession in the world — the most unselfish, difficult, and honorable profession. It is also the most unappreciated, underrated, underpaid, and underpraised profession in the world.” Leonard Bernstein Teacher images Week of the Teacher primary source album Teacher Teacher sheet music Audio recordings related to teaching and teachers Books and … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: Film & Video

Analyzing Primary Sources: Learning from Video Recordings Teaching with the Library of Congress blog posts All-American News: Newsreels for African American Audiences February 7, 2019 Explore Library of Congress Professional Development Videos April 11, 2017 Exploring America's Cinematic Heritage through the National Film Registry December 17, 2015 Football Through Film and Other Primary Sources January 31, 2019 Inspiring Citizen Action with the National Screening Room … [Read more...]

Collection Spotlight: Landscape Photographs

The Picture This blog from the Library of Congress shines a spotlight on landscape photographs. Micah Messenheimer, Curator of Photography, and a photographer himself, writes: When many people think of landscape photographs they think of wide-open spaces, empty of people. Yet, landscape photographs, by their nature, tell stories deeply tied to human interactions with the land. This is implied even in the origins of the word “landscape,” which at its root means the shape or condition of the … [Read more...]

Citizen U Bulletin Volume 2, Issue 8

Bulletin Volume 2, Issue 8 SUBSCRIBE CIVICS IN ACTION Citizen U Weaving civics across grades and disciplines Click the links to access, like and share New Lessons Making a Mark: Marching & Leaping Towards Reform Students make connections between protest, reform, and legacy through … [Read more...]

Learning from the Source: Do Good Fences Make Good Neighbors?

Overview By pairing primary sources with poetry, students consider the proverb, "Good fences make good neighbors" in the context of their own lives as well as in a local, national or global context. Lesson Steps Display the primary source image and analyze it together as a class using the Library of Congress Primary Source Analysis Tool. After, ask students to consider and discuss the mood and tone of the image and what feelings it brings to mind. Ask for two student volunteers to … [Read more...]

Collection Spotlight: National Jukebox

The National Jukebox provides streaming access to just over 16,000 recordings made between 1901 and 1925, mostly by the Victor Talking Machine Company and Columbia Records. You can browse and sort recordings by genre, artist, subject, language, or year, including a day-by-day guide of published recordings. There are selected playlists for you to sample or you can create your own playlist. In addition to the recordings, this collection includes articles and essays and more than 80 artist … [Read more...]

Teaching Now: QFT with a Primary Source

First draft vs final drafts This is a guest post from Alyssa Park, a fourth-grade teacher at Scarselli Elementary School in Nevada. My main goals as a teacher are to make sure students leave my classroom bursting with curiosity and with greater self-confidence as learners. I also want them to know how to ask the right questions, how to decide on an action plan to get the information they need, and how to reflect on the work they’ve done. In my second year as a teacher, I learned about the … [Read more...]

TPS Spotlight: Right Question Institute

The Right Question Institute (RQI) is an educational nonprofit that aims to make democracy work better by teaching a strategy that allows all people to learn to ask better questions and participate more effectively in decisions that affect them. RQI’s education program offers online courses and free resources on the Question Formulation Technique (QFT), a practical yet transformational strategy that teaches students how to ask, improve upon, and pursue their own questions.  In collaboration … [Read more...]