March 20, 2019

Citizen U: Lesson Feedback – Raffle to the Library of Congress Summer Teacher Institute

Teachers matter. Your feedback matters. With the help of educators like you, we are rebuilding civics learning. Download a Citizen U lesson,  review/implement it, and let us know what you think by registering/logging in and then giving the lesson a rating and providing feedback by making a comment. Any teacher who rates and comments on a lesson through May 2019 will be entered into a raffle to win a spot at the 2019 Library of Congress Summer Teacher Institute, Science, Technology, and … [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...]

TPS Spotlight: Spring Webinars & Online Office Hours

Tune in to the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources program this spring and reinvigorate your practice. There will be a new weekly open office hour every Thursday in March from 4-5 pm EST (3 CST, 2 MST, 1 PST) and several interdisciplinary webinars. Peruse the offerings below, then sign up or drop by! March Office Hours Drop in and chat with a TPS expert from 4-5 pm EST every Thursday in March (Mar. 6, 13, 20, 27). Ask questions, get advice, it's up to you. No registration and no … [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...]

TPS Spotlight: Regional Programs

There are three regions that fall under the TPS National program: Western Region, Midwest Region, Eastern Region. The TPS Regional program promotes the widespread, sustained and effective use of primary sources from the Library of Congress in K-12 classrooms by increasing access to the TPS program. Through this effort, hundreds of organizations from all 50 states, and the District of Columbia have enhanced their programming for educators. School districts, universities, cultural … [Read more...]

Citizen U & Engaging Congress: Free Workshops in IL & TX

WHY These free in-person workshops will help civic-minded educators develop engaged citizens by: improving inquiry-based teaching using Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) methodology; reviewing the elementary through high school inquiry-based Citizen U interdisciplinary civics lessons interacting with the free civics app Engaging Congress; previewing the Library of Congress TPS Civics micro-credential pilot. WHO 6th–12th grade educators in all content … [Read more...]