February 23, 2021

Finding Resources: LOC.gov Teachers’ Section

The Teachers section of the Library of Congress website is chock full of ready-made classroom materials, free professional development and many more resources for educators. Below we describe the resources and provide links to get you what you need quickly. Teaching with Primary Sources Partner Program grantees, who comprise the TPS Consortium, deliver TPS professional development and academic courses, design curriculum and apps/online interactives using primary sources from the Library’s … [Read more...]

Finding Resources: Story Maps

Story Maps are immersive web applications that tell the incredible stories of the Library’s collections through narrative, multimedia, and interactive maps. The story maps are created within a Geographic Information Systems (GIS)-based software platform created by Esri. Story Maps are chock full of primary sources, including photographs, illustrations, texts, newspaper articles, and even maps. “I find story maps to be a twenty-first-century tool for a twenty-first-century library,” said … [Read more...]

Finding Resources: Library of Congress Research Guides

There are close to 800 Library of Congress Research Guides to the Library's general collections of books and periodicals, as well as general subject guides prepared by reference librarians. You can browse or search the guides by subject (default), research center, or alphabetical list. Individual guides are included in curated primary source sets on the Primary Source Nexus and are very helpful in pointing to select resources and providing direction for more in-depth searching. There are also … [Read more...]

Finding Resources: LOC.gov Primary Source Sets & Teacher Guides

You'll find nearly 100 primary source sets with Teacher Guides in the Teacher's section of LOC.gov. Each set contains a carefully curated selection of diverse primary sources accompanied by information for teachers on how to use the set and help students analyze the sources within it. As you can see from the image above, there is a handy search bar to help you easily conduct a keyword search. Use the links below to jump to select groupings of the LOC.gov primary source sets and related PSN … [Read more...]

Integrating Technology: Before and After with Juxtapose

Juxtapose, from Northwestern University's Knight Lab, helps one compare two similar sources, particularly photographs or maps, which can help show before/after stories or change over time. Above you can see two portraits of Abraham Lincoln, one from 1861 shortly after his first inauguration and the other from 1865 shortly before his second inauguration and subsequent assassination. Below, is a great example using Juxtapose to highlight the change over time created by educator Peter … [Read more...]

Finding Resources: Free to Use & Reuse Primary Source Sets

These primary source sets provide just a small sample of the Library's digital collections that are free to use and reuse. The digital collections comprise millions of items including books, newspapers, manuscripts, prints and photos, maps, musical scores, films, sound recordings and more. Click the topic link to access each Free to Use & Reuse set from the Library. Those sets that have related sets of images found on the Library's Flickr Photostream or sets of Library resources and/or … [Read more...]

Finding Resources: Library of Congress Flickr Commons

The Library of Congress collaborated with Flickr in 2007 to launch the Commons with the mission of providing another outlet for copyright free images from its collections and the goal of enjoining the Flickr community to contribute information about the sources: “Please help make the photographs you enjoy more discoverable by adding tags and leaving comments. Your contributions and knowledge make these photos even richer.” Starting out with 3,100 images, the Library photostream has more than … [Read more...]

Integrating Technology: Using Primary Sources from the Library of Congress through Distance Learning

 In case you weren't able to make it, or just want to watch it again, here is the recorded webinar hosted by inquirED and featuring TPS consortium partners from NCSS, the Right Question Institute and the TPS Eastern Region. After, access all the resources from this fantastic webinar. Related resources Teaching Now: Zooming In on the Benefits of Primary Source Analysis Using Google Forms Integrating Tech: Zoom-in to Primary Source Analysis Tech Tool: Creating a Google Form … [Read more...]

Integrating Technology: TPS Civics Interactives

Engage K-12 students with primary source learning through these online interactives focused on civics. Bean Creative Case Maker features twenty pre-made civics challenges that teachers can share with their middle school students, or customize and annotate specifically for their needs. targeted to grades 6-8 Fablevision Civics! An American Musical has students use Library primary sources to create a smash Broadway musical hit that is historically accurate and celebrates … [Read more...]

Integrating Tech: Post-It App & Primary Source Analysis

In a TPS Network resource album available to the public, elementary teacher librarian and former teacher in residence at the Library of Congress, Tom Bober (@CaptainLibrary), outlines how his students analyzed an historical newspaper article using the See Think Wonder strategy that layered in the Post-it® app for iPad to help organize students' thinking. The analysis activity was followed up by a reading of A Lady Has the Floor: Belva Lockwood Speaks Out for Women's Rights. Resources … [Read more...]