September 23, 2019

Primary Source Learning: American Revolution

Primary source sets with teaching resources Coming of the American Revolution TPS-MTSU Primary Source Learning: American Revolution Primary Source Nexus Revolutionary America (1755-1787) Inquiry in the Upper Midwest American Revolution and U.S. Constitution Emerging America Collection Connections American Memory Timeline: American Revolution select primary sources & primary source analysis prompts The American Revolution and Its Era: Maps and Charts of North America … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: Music

Analyzing Primary Sources: Learning from Music Guided primary source analysis activities The Banks of the Yellow Sea Leonard Bernstein illustrated letter Election Day L’Africana – L’Africaine Opera Learning from the Source lesson plans Capturing Character on Camera Mourning Lincoln & the Art of Tribute The Negro Speaks of Rivers Science Radium Romp The Star Spangled Banner K-2 The Star Spangled Banner 3-5 We Shall Overcome Library of Congress … [Read more...]

TPS Spotlight: Civics Educator Micro-Credential Pilot for Illinois Teachers

The TPS Civics Educator Micro-Credential Program consists of 3 distinct courses, each leading to an individual digital badge. The courses are “stacked” as one course builds to the next.  A teacher who completes all 3 courses in the stack earns a “master” digital badge. The courses include: TPS Civics Teaching Expert TPS Civics Curriculum Design Expert TPS Civics Coaching Expert The TPS Civics Educator Micro-Credential Program is for teachers of any subject and any grade because … [Read more...]

Learning from the Source: Pairing Pictures & Poems to Tell Stories

Students learn the power of pairing pictures with poems to tell stories about historical and contemporary issues. Display the paired primary sources (Image 1 | Image 2), featuring just the pictures and inform students that the poem accompanying these illustrations has been removed. Ask them to predict what the poem is about using details from the images to support their conclusions. Display the bibliographic records for the sources and ask students what new information they learned and … [Read more...]

Timely Connections: Fresh Perspectives from Female Poets

In an article for Edutopia, middle school educator Kasey Short provides suggestions and tips for "Studying Female Poets to Understand History". After reading this thoughtful article, help your students get some fresh female perspectives of both history and contemporary life with these poetry-related resources. Curator’s Picks: American Women Poets Library of Congress Blog March 26, 2015 Anne Bradstreet, Colonial Poet Poetry by Civil War Era African American Women Are women people? : … [Read more...]

TPS Spotlight: Call for Applications for 2019-2020 Civics Teacher-in-Residence

The Learning and Innovation Office of the Library of Congress is seeking applications from current K-12 Civics teachers for one Teacher-in-Residence position during the 2019-20 school year. Details about the position and application are available here. … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: Civil Rights

Citizen U: interdisciplinary civics lessons Civil Rights and Civic Action Dolores Huerta Building Coalitions to Affect Change Collaborating to Affect Change Inspiring Civic Responsibility Selma & Voting Rights: Standing Up for Equality Lesson plans  Baseball, Race Relations and Jackie Robinson Baseball, Race and Ethnicity: Rounding the Bases I Have a Dream Image Sequencing We Shall Overcome Guided primary source analysis activities An … [Read more...]

Analyzing Primary Sources: 3D Pyramid

The 3D Pyramid created by Historica Canada helps students analyze primary sources in 5 steps. The 5Ws Context Exploring Reaching Conclusions Finding Proof Find out more about the five steps by visiting the 3D Pyramid tool page. Download the 3D Pyramid to use in your classroom. Thanks @ChristinaGanev for surfacing this great tool! … [Read more...]

Timely Connections: For the People Act

H.R.1 - For the People Act of 2019 was introduced into the House of Representatives on January 3, 2019 by Rep. John P. Sarbanes, [D-MD-3] and has well over 200 Democrat co-sponsors. INVESTIGATE Scan the legislation and consider the questions below. What main sections are contained in the text of H.R.1 - For the People Act of 2019? What actions have been taken on the legislation? What committees are reviewing the legislation? Which aspects of the legislation are under the … [Read more...]

Timely Connections: U.S. Government Shutdowns

The latest U.S. government shutdown, begun on December 22, 2018 and suspended on January 25, 2019 is the longest in history. Find out what happens during a government shutdown. Read news articles following the suspension of the shutdown. Review timelines of past shutdowns from various news sources. Investigate historical and current legislation related to U.S. government shutdowns. Then consider problems and solutions to government shutdowns. Q&A: Everything You Should Know About … [Read more...]