Literature Links: Indian Boyhood

Literature Links: Indian Boyhood

The primary source set above and the associated learning activities below were inspired by a discussion on the TPS Teachers Network, a free professional online community designed to host and facilitate conversations, connections, and collaborations among educators of all stripes about using primary sources to improve student learning. In the discussion “S’a: Doctor, Author, Scout…

NHD 2024: Student Resources & Strategies

NHD 2024: Student Resources & Strategies

Students, we have compiled a big list of resources to help you dig deep into National History Day (NHD) projects. Understanding NHD Projects RULES Every NHD project presents an historical argument, NHD offers five categories, or presentation, formats, in each division (Junior: grades 6–8, or Senior: grades 9–12). The documentary, exhibit, performance, and website categories…

Primary Source Learning: K-2

Primary Source Learning: K-2

Analyzing Primary Sources: Early Elementary (K-2) Image Analysis Choice Board Analyzing Primary Sources: Sensory Exploration Connecting to the Common Core: Kindergarten Writing Prompts & Activities Engaging Young Learners with Primary Sources video Guided primary source analysis activities History’s Mysteries: Kindergarten KidCitizen digital interactive episodes Kindergarten Historians: Primary Sources in an Early Elementary Classroom Teaching with…

TPS Spotlight: Crossroads of History Project
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TPS Spotlight: Crossroads of History Project

The Northwest Council for Computer Education developed the Crossroads of History project, which allows learners to use primary sources and social justice standards to conduct meaningful dialogue and inspire informed actions that give voice to marginalized communities, thanks to a Teaching with Primary Sources regional grant from the TPS Western Region. Participants first completed an on-demand course comprising best practices…

Primary Source Spotlight: Reconstruction
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Primary Source Spotlight: Reconstruction

Civil War & Reconstruction Primary Source Set Reconstruction images Reconstruction sheet music Newspaper articles related to Reconstruction 1865-99 Books and other texts related to Reconstruction Oral histories related to Reconstruction Jim Crow & Segregation primary source set & teachers’ guide 13th Amendment to the Constitution (1865) Today in History: 14th Amendment Today in History: Juneteenth…

Primary Source Learning: Women Breaking Barriers

Primary Source Learning: Women Breaking Barriers

Make connections to women’s history by exploring this primary source set put together by TPS Teachers Network Lead Mentor and curriculum specialist Cheryl Davis. Originally created as an Apple eBook, Reminders from the Ceiling Breakers is now a shareable primary source album available from the TPS Teachers Network. The album contains 12 digital postcards created with photographs…

Analyzing Primary Sources: Exploring Broadsides, Flyers, and Posters

Analyzing Primary Sources: Exploring Broadsides, Flyers, and Posters

In “Spreading the Word for a Cause” from the Teaching with with the Library of Congress blog, Teaching with Primary Sources intern Haleigh Reutershan provides examples of primary sources that helped spread information and encourage people to unite and support causes in the times before social media. She then offers suggestions for guiding questions and…

Primary Source Learning: Thanksgiving

Primary Source Learning: Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving primary source set with teacher’s guide Primary Source Learning: The Wampanoag, the Plimoth Colonists & the First Thanksgiving Teaching Now: Separating Myths from History Thanksgiving with Richard Blanco’s “América” Thanksgiving Then & Now – an historical newspaper exercise for kindergarten Guided primary source analyses Beyond the Bubble: The First Thanksgiving Teaching with the Library…

Primary Source Learning: Conservation & Environment

Primary Source Learning: Conservation & Environment

Library lessons Conservation Movement at a Crossroads: The Hetch Hetchy Controversy Explorations in American Environmental History Natural Disasters: Nature’s Fury Collection Connections Evolution of the Conservation Movement Mapping the National Parks Conservation & environment lessons from the Citizen U Multidisciplinary Civics Lesson Library Carbon Footprints, Climate, and Civic Causes Civic Actions to Impact the Future…