September 18, 2020

World Spotlight: Afghanistan

Afghanistan country profile Afghanistan country profile BBC Afghanistan timeline BBC Places in the News: Afghanistan June 2016 October 2015 May 2011 September 2011 December 2011 July 2010 August 2009 January 2008 October 2001 Afghanistan primary source set World Digital Library Voices from Afghanistan online exhibition highlighting citizen letters Afghanistan maps The Great Game and Afghanistan story map Afghanistan image set Films & … [Read more...]

TPS Spotlight: TPS Virginia

A Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Consortium member since 2003, TPS Virginia (TPSVA) partners with schools throughout the state as well as providing resources accessible to teachers throughout the country. TPSVA offers teacher professional development to help educators access and use primary sources from the Library of Congress in curriculum and instruction. They offer summer institutes, courses and webinars throughout the year, now fully online. Currently, TPSVA is … [Read more...]

Citizen U Bulletin: Volume 1, Issue 14

Bulletin   Volume 1, Issue 14 CIVICS IN ACTION Citizen U Weaving civics across grades and disciplines Click the links to access, use and rate Featured Lessons: Communities & Coalitions   Community Helpers Community Service: Washington Chapter Diana’s White House Garden Dolores Huerta: Building Coalitions to … [Read more...]

NHD 2021 Communication in History: Topic Ideas & Resources

Conventions, Expositions, Fairs Today in History: Woman’s Rights Conventions Paris Exposition resources World's Columbian Exposition resources World's Fair resources World's Fair St. Louis resources | timeline & select historical newspaper articles Methods of Communication Sign language Braille Political Cartoons Posters Movements Abolition Civil Rights Conservation Harlem Renaissance Woman Suffrage | Tactics in the March to Suffrage … [Read more...]

Teaching Now: Examining Social Justice Through Historical, Classic and Contemporary Sources

This is a guest post from Kasey Short, an eighth-grade English teacher at Charlotte Country Day school in North Carolina.  When I moved from 6th to 8th grade last year, one thing I thought about a lot was how I would approach teaching To Kill a Mockingbird. I knew that I wanted to provide historical context as well as the perspective of recent cases in which people of color have been unjustly found guilty. I also wanted to showcase the voices of people who had been wrongly accused and the … [Read more...]

Guided Primary Source Analysis: I Am an American Day

Find a partner and have one read the first article and the other the second article. Each person should re-read their article and then analyze the source to answer the questions below. (NOTE: to enlarge the type, click here to read them online) What argument does the article present? What evidence from the text supports your response? Why do you think the author chose to include these specific details of description or explanation? What was happening during this time period? Who do … [Read more...]

Citizen U Bulletin: Volume 1, Issue 13

  Bulletin   Volume 1, Issue 13 CIVICS IN ACTION Citizen U Weaving civics across grades and disciplines Click the links to access, use and rate Featured Lessons: Declaration of Independence & the U.S. Constitution   Six lessons related to the Declaration on of … [Read more...]

Today in History: March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom

Today in History–August 28–the Library of Congress features the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, held on this day in 1963. Around a quarter million people participated in this non-violent demonstration for civil rights seeking, among other things, equal access to public accommodations, decent housing, adequate and integrated education, the right to vote, and job training. The six primary organizers and organizations for the March were: James Farmer, National Director of the Congress of … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: Being American Primary Source Sets

This curated collection of primary sources was created to help students think critically about what it means to be an American by exploring and analyzing different perspectives and voices, particularly marginalized ones, over time. Thanks to the inspiration of Jen Reidel, 2019-2020 Library of Congress Civics Teacher in Residence, who suggested this theme. Executive proclamations Reprint of President Roosevelt's "I Am an American Day proclamation May 3, 1940 Reprint of Arizona Governor … [Read more...]