November 24, 2022

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 steps to help students move through primary source analyses, which can help students think about ways in which people communicate(d) information … [Read more...]

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 A Thanksgiving Truce Thanksgiving Shopping Insert A Preacher Tries Farming Beyond the Bubble: The First … [Read more...]

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 Do Our Parks Do What They Are … [Read more...]

Selecting Primary Sources: Strategies & Tips

Use these resources from the Library of Congress and Citizen U to help you select the best primary sources for instructional use. Foundations Webinar: Selecting Primary Sources recording | session materials Selecting Primary Sources: Criteria for Classroom Use Selecting Primary Sources: Knowing your Students Selecting Primary Sources: Learning Activity Criteria Selecting Primary Sources for the Classroom: Considering Moment of Use Selecting Primary Sources: Considering … [Read more...]

NHD 2023: Topic Selection, Research, Sources & More

Students, we have compiled a big list of resources to help you dig deep into National History Day (NHD) projects. Understanding NHD Projects Read the Contest Rule Book carefully. English | Spanish Watch the NHD Contest Rules video. Explore the categories. Click the orange buttons to learn more about each category. Documentary rules video project checklist evaluation form Ask an NEH Expert videos 2017 | 2018 Exhibit rules video project … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: Monthly Heritage & Identity Celebrations

Below is a list with links to Library resource sets, featuring both primary and secondary sources, and teaching resources that coincide with monthly heritage and identity celebrations. So mark those special months but don't stop there. Instead, come back to these resources time and again to give voice to diverse perspectives and celebrate inclusion all year round with primary sources! January International Holocaust Remembrance Day January 27 February Black History & Heritage: … [Read more...]

NHD 2023: Teaching Resources & Strategies

Educators, check out these resources and strategies to help you as you guide students through the development of their National History Day (NHD) projects. Overview Explore NHD's origins. Discover the benefits of implementing NHD. Learn about Teacher of the Year Awards. Find your state affiliate. Sign up for the NHD newsletter. Understanding NHD Projects Read the Contest Rule Book English | Spanish Watch the NHD Contest Rules video. Explore the categories. Click … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: Disability History

Unit & lesson plans Teaching Now: Learning About (Dis)ability in History- An Inquiry for Elementary Students Learning from the Source: (Dis)ability History How Disability Activists Created Change Ancient Rome’s Veterans with Disabilities: Roman Accounts and U.S. Veteran Comparisons Activities Accessibility Aids Child Labor in the Early 1900s Disabled Newsies League of the Physically Handicapped's Protests Against the WPA Modern Legislation for Disabled … [Read more...]

Analyzing Primary Sources: Caption Writer

The Caption Writer strategy comes from Dr. Roland K. Schendel, undergraduate/graduate professor of education at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Children experience much of their world by viewing pictorial and illustrated representations of it. Such visuals allow children to learn about the world around them. They translate ideas through viewing. In order to accurately translate images, children must be taught how to view them. They must be taught strategies for making sense of what … [Read more...]

Teaching Now: Learning About (Dis)ability in History – An Inquiry for Elementary Students

This brief unit plan and teaching guide was developed by Dr. John Bickford, Professor of Social Studies/History Education at Eastern Illinois University and Editor-in-Chief of The Councilor: A Journal of the Social Studies, in collaboration with Citizen U. The plan, developed in conjunction with this (Dis)ability History primary source set, includes teaching notes and is targeted to early and upper elementary students. TEACHER BACKGROUND America’s history of safeguarding the civil … [Read more...]