April 10, 2020

Integrating Technology: TPS Civics Interactives

Engage K-12 students with primary source learning through these online interactives focused on civics. Bean Creative Case Maker features twenty pre-made civics challenges that teachers can share with their middle school students, or customize and annotate specifically for their needs. targeted to grades 6-8 iCivics DBQuest introduces students to major questions in civics and history using a Big Question as guiding light for deep examination of three selected primary … [Read more...]

Primary Source Analysis: Early Elementary Image Analysis Choice Board

This choice board is targeted to K-2 students. They may use images found in the home; in newspapers, magazines or books; on television (if there is a pause feature); or online to complete the activities and may write or record (voice or audio) their responses. If students have online access, below are several links to a variety of image sets. You may allow them to browse and choose images or you may curate your own set for them to use. Children image sets Children Children & … [Read more...]

Citizen U Bulletin: Volume 1, Issue 5

Bulletin   Volume 1, Issue 5 SUBSCRIBE CIVICS IN ACTION Citizen U Weaving civics across grades and disciplines Click the blocks to access, use and rate Featured Lessons TPS Civics Educator Micro-credential … [Read more...]

TPS Spotlight: Primary Sources and Teaching Online Webinar Series

The Teaching with Primary Sources Western Region and the TPS Teachers Network at Metropolitan State University of Denver are hosting a series of professional development webinars starting Tuesday, March 31, 2020 and going until Thursday, May 14th, 2020. Each webinar will offer a one-hour professional development certificate. For the next three weeks the webinars will be from 4:00 - 5:00pm (Mountain Standard Time) on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. You can join in these Zoom meetings here but … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Margaret Chase Smith

Historical newspaper coverage: Representative Margaret Chase Smith Historical newspaper coverage: Senator Margaret Chase Smith Margaret Chase Smith image set Margaret Chase Smith brief bio and image set Margaret Chase Smith Library Margaret Chase Smith biography and bibliography United States House of Representatives Margaret Chase Smith: A Declaration of Conscience background with link to her speech United States Senate The Senator Who Stood Up to Joseph McCarthy When No One … [Read more...]

TPS Spotlight: Online Office Hours for Education

From the Teaching with the Library of Congress blog: The Library of Congress is open to all for online office hours on education resources and learning ideas using Library collections. For the next month, join us every Tuesday and Thursday at 2 ET at https://locgov.webex.com/meet/kmcg. Each session will include a 20-minute presentation with plenty of time for questions and answers with Library education experts. Please send questions in advance via Twitter @TeachingLC. Tuesday, March … [Read more...]

Citizen U Bulletin: Volume 1, Issue 4

Bulletin   Volume 1, Issue 4 SUBSCRIBE   CIVICS IN ACTION   Citizen U Weaving civics across grades and disciplines Click the blocks to access, use and rate Featured Lessons Women's Rights TPS Civics Educator Micro-credential … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: Ireland

Ireland maps Ireland images Ireland books & reports Printed ephemera, personal narratives & other texts related to Ireland Sheet music related to Ireland Song & oral history recordings related to Ireland Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection interviews mentioning Ireland Recorded webcasts related to Ireland U.S. legislation related to Ireland Global Legal Monitor Ireland articles Guide to Law Online: Ireland Ireland profile BBC Ireland timeline … [Read more...]

Timely Connections: Worldwide Health Crisis

As the world confronts global health problems such as epidemics or pandemics, involve your students in an authentic lesson that looks at past primary sources to increase understanding of health related issues. Encourage students to use past and current information and digital tools to research, make informed decisions and contribute to their own and their community’s health information. This lesson idea, which  also includes guiding questions, a curated set of historical primary sources, … [Read more...]

Literature Links: The Women of Copper Country

Anna Klobuchar Clemenc (Clements), also known as “Big Annie” and America’s Joan of Arc, is the central character in The Women of Copper Country, a historical novel by Maria Doria Russell. Set in Upper Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula in 1913, the novel chronicles the work of Anna and the Ladies Auxiliary of the Western Federation of Miners. A significant event is the Italian Hall disaster. Christmas Eve, 1913, a citizen falsely shouted fire in the crowded building as children of union members were … [Read more...]