April 7, 2021

Teaching Now: Innovative Ideas to Teach Social Studies Skills

The April 5, 2021 #sschat—a moderated Twitter chat using the #sschat hashtag—was chock full of innovative ideas to teach social studies skills from educators across the country. Here is how the group defines itself on the #sschat website. #sschat is more than a hashtag, it’s an open group of dedicated network of educators and enthusiasts who aim to improve their personal, and our collective, teaching of social studies subject matter. We aim to help social studies teachers by helping to … [Read more...]

Collection Spotlight: Joy Harjo

On June 19, 2019, Joy Harjo was appointed the 23rd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry by Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden. On making the appointment, Dr. Hayden said: Joy Harjo has championed the art of poetry—‘soul talk’ as she calls it—for over four decades. To her, poems are ‘carriers of dreams, knowledge and wisdom,’ and through them she tells an American story of tradition and loss, reckoning and myth-making. Her work powerfully connects us to the earth and the spiritual world with … [Read more...]

Integrating Technology: Freedom Summer 1964

Freedom Summer 1964 is a free digital learning tool from the Indiana University Center on Representative Government that explores key events surrounding this time in America's history, and the impact of the Civil Rights movement on civil rights legislation. In Freedom Summer, players predict the outcomes of both civil and Congressional actions, and discover how key events surrounding the early years of the Civil Rights Movement, including the 1964 Mississippi voter registration drive, the … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic

In the midst of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, the Library of Congress is collecting images, maps, web content and many more primary sources in order to, in the words of collection development officer Joe Puccio, "acquire and what a researcher in a hundred years will need to see from what is being produced today." Learn more about the Library's collection efforts by reading the following Library of Congress Blog post: How Will We Remember COVID-19? Then click the links below to review … [Read more...]

Citizen U Bulletin Volume 2, Issue 6

Bulletin Volume 2, Issue 6 SUBSCRIBE CIVICS IN ACTION Citizen U Weaving civics across grades and disciplines Click the links to access, like and share Map: Poetry & Environmental Justice Students analyze images and the poem, "Map", and discuss how diverse sources provide context to the theme of environmental justice, then … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Madam C.J. Walker

Madam C.J. Walker image set Madam C.J. Walker advertisements & historical newspaper coverage Modern-day legislation commemorating Madam C.J. Walker Blog posts & articles Madam C.J. Walker Headlines & Heroes May 29, 2020 The Beauty Entrepreneur Inside Adams March 6, 2020 From Rags to Riches: Author Reviews Life of Madam C.J. Walker Library of Congress Information Bulletin, Vol. 60, No. 5, May 2001 How Business Executive Madam C. J. Walker Became a Powerful … [Read more...]

Finding Resources: Postcards

Postcards: Greetings from the Prints & Photographs Division Research Guide Selected collections Panoramic and oversized postcards Postcards of Native Americans Postcards of churches in the United States Postcards of churches outside the United States Postcards of scenic views and tourist attractions Advertisement postcards Search tips Reference works Related resources Africana Historic Postcard Collection Democratic Republic of Congo … [Read more...]

TPS Spotlight: University of the Arts

Funded by a grant from the Library of Congress, the Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program at the University of the Arts leverages UArts faculty and local arts organization partners to utilize the vast cultural resources of our nation’s library for K-12 teachers and their students. The program's unique professional development opportunities and resources focus on enhancing cross-curricular learning by helping teachers incorporate arts-based primary resources into dynamic classroom … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Carrie Chapman Catt

Carrie Chapman Catt Papers Woman's Suffrage by Constitutional Amendment compiled by Carrie Chapman Catt Carrie Chapman Catt mentions in the Leslie Woman Suffrage Commission report Carrie Chapman Catt's Winning Plan National American Woman Suffrage Association. Headquarters News Letter, vol. 2, no. 8, August 15, 1916 More printed ephemera related to Carrie Chapman Catt Carrie Chapman Catt: Topics in Chronicling America More historical newspaper coverage of Carrie Chapman … [Read more...]

Citizen U Bulletin Volume 2, Issue 5

  Bulletin Volume 2, Issue 5 SUBSCRIBE CIVICS IN ACTION Citizen U Weaving civics across grades and disciplines Click the links to access, like and share New Lessons Disability Activists Creating Change Students examine the … [Read more...]