July 2, 2020

Timely Connections: Frederick Douglass & the Emancipation Memorial

Amid calls for removal of the Emancipation Memorial, also called the Freedmen’s Monument, in Washington D.C. and a replica of it in Boston, Washington Post reporter DaNeen L. Brown considers the statue and takes a look back at a speech made by Frederick Douglass at the D.C. unveiling ceremony on April 14, 1876. In the speech, Douglass recognizes the dichotomy of Lincoln's views on slavery while ultimately celebrating the proclamation. If Harriet Hosmer's design for the memorial—four … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: Croatia

Croatia primary source set from the World Digital Library Country profile: Croatia BBC Croatia timeline BBC Croatia images Croatia maps Service in Croatia: U.S. veteran oral histories Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection interviews mentioning Croatia Croatian American oral histories & song recordings More Croatian song recordings Croatia books, reports and other texts (English & Croatian) U.S. historical newspaper articles … [Read more...]

TPS Spotlight: Collaborative for Educational Services

Since 2010, the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program at the Collaborative for Educational Services has offered free and low cost workshops and support to K-12 teachers throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and nationally via online courses on a variety of topics, including Disability History. Participants learn to work with and practice strategies for using Library of Congress online resources to engage students, teach inquiry through the use of primary sources, … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: Guatemala

Guatemala primary source set from the World Digital Library Country profile: Guatemala BBC Guatemala timeline BBC Guatemala images Guatemala maps Service in Guatemala: U.S. veteran oral histories Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection interviews mentioning Guatemala Manuscripts, Performance style, Choreometrics, sources, Correspondence and notes by culture, Guatemala Alan Lomax Collection Guatemala worker oral history recordings Working the Waterfront, New Bedford, … [Read more...]

C.A.R.E. Listening & Learning for Educators

In times of darkness, teachers always rise up. But now, this time comes on top of a pandemic and as teachers are exhausted and empty. The topics are big – social justice, institutional racism, and nonviolent and violent protest. The events of the past days have made these issues impossible to ignore, in much the same way that the limits of online learning have thrust systemic educational inequity to the forefront. Now more the ever, teachers again are called to be the ones who can transform … [Read more...]

Citizen U Bulletin: Volume 1, Issue 9

Bulletin   Volume 1, Issue 9 CIVICS IN ACTION Citizen U Weaving civics across grades and disciplines Click the links to access, use and rate Featured Lessons: Youth in Action Kids, Collaboration, and Coalitions Students explore coalition-building accomplishments of young people … [Read more...]

TPS Spotlight: Library of Congress Summer 2020 Teacher Webinars

Wednesdays 2:00-3:00pm EST through August 5  Free, certificate for 1 hour of professional development available for live webinar participants Information & Recordings May 27: Foundations: Analyzing Primary Sources from the Library of Congress Register June 3:  Reflecting on Using Primary Sources to Meet the Needs of Diverse Learners Register June 10: Foundations: Finding Resources on LOC.gov Register June 17: Pairing Primary Sources and Picture Books Register June … [Read more...]

Citizen U Bulletin: Volume 1, Issue 8

Bulletin   Volume 1, Issue 8 SUBSCRIBE CIVICS IN ACTION Citizen U Weaving civics across grades and disciplines Click the blocks to access, use and rate Newest Lessons Engine Company 54 lost 15 men, 9/11/01 Through analysis of a collage created post 9/11, students consider how art help us to process and understand difficult events then … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Disease

Select primary sources Anthony Fauci, MD, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of the National Institutes of Health photograph Anti-malaria educational play put on by youngsters dealing with the treatment of the disease photograph Ayer's sarsaparilla, for all blood diseases, cures others, will cure you Cheap lodging-houses as nests of disease illustration Complete privy properly protected to prevent flies from spreading diseases photograph … [Read more...]

Analyzing Primary Sources: Event Happenings

This graphic organizer can be used to analyze images that capture an event. The Who, What, Where, When, Why and How are good guides for framing and understanding an aspect of an event and to help with identifying areas for further research. Download the worksheet More primary source analysis strategies Analyzing Primary Sources: Close Observation & Purposeful Questions Analyzing Primary Sources: Close Reading Markup Strategies Analyzing Primary Sources: Image Sequencing … [Read more...]