November 30, 2020

Finding Sources: 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...]

Integrating Technology: Primary Source Crowdsourcing Campaigns

By the People is a Library of Congress project that invites anyone to transcribe, review, and tag digitized images of manuscripts and typed materials from the Library’s collections. This is a great literacy activity for students. Come check it out by clicking the links below! By the People Campaigns People Susan B. Anthony Clara Barton: Angel of the Battlefield Carrie Chapman Catt Anna E. Dickinson Letters to Lincoln Alan Lomax: The Man Who Recorded the World Rosa … [Read more...]

Integrating Technology: Beyond Words

The Beyond Words project invites people of all ages to identify cartoons, illustrations, photographs, and maps from World War I historical newspaper coverage found in the Chronicling America historic newspaper collections. All data generated will be in the public domain and available to anyone. The three tasks include marking, transcribing, and verifying. Mark: Locate images not contained in advertisements on newspaper pages. Transcribe: Type the titles, captions, and cutlines of pictures … [Read more...]

Integrating Technology: 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...]