October 17, 2018

Primary Source Learning: U.S. National Anthem & American Flag

Help students learn about the history and contemporary contexts of the U.S. national anthem and the American flag.Teaching resourcesLearning from the Source: The Star Spangled Banner (K-2)Learning from the Source: The Star Spangled Banner (grades 3-5)Stars, Stripes and Symbols of America: Comparing Our Flag, Past and Present (grades 1-2)Direct students do some background research on the U.S. flag and the U.S. National anthem. Then instruct them to read at least one of … [Read more...]

Today in History: Flag Day

Today in History–June 14–the Library of Congress features Flag Day, which celebrates the adoption of the first design of the United States flag by the Continental Congress on this date in 1777. Did you know that there have been 27 official versions of the flag? Get more fascinating flag facts by visiting the Today in History section (see the April 13 entry on the Grand Old Flag as well), then follow the links below to access flag-related primary sources and teaching resources.Flag Day image … [Read more...]

Today in History: Rare Children’s Books

Today in History–March 13–the Library of Congress features rare children's books. Someone wrote "Enoch Brooks' Book, Princeton, March 13th, 1789" in permanent ink in a Library of Congress copy of a rare children's Bible: A Curious Hieroglyphick Bible published by Isaiah Thomas. Learn more about this early American printer and literature publisher by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access a selection of the children's books available from the digitized … [Read more...]