October 23, 2021

On Your Time Learning: NEA TPS Micro-credentials

Citizen U has developed a new series of micro-credentials in a partnership with the National Education Association and thanks to the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources TPS program grant. This professional learning offering aims to help educators better integrate inquiry learning with primary sources into instruction across grades and disciplines using a variety of frameworks and strategies. The first four micro-credentials, listed below, were developed in collaboration with NEA … [Read more...]

Timely Connections: Constitutional Rights of Students

Every year the United States celebrates Constitution Day on September 17. How much do you know about U.S. constitutional rights? Did you know that those rights are different in the context of public schools? School officials have significant leeway when instituting and enforcing rules to maintain a safe environment conducive to learning but, over the years, the Supreme Court has weighed in on the balance of students' constitutional rights as U.S. citizens and as public school students. What can … [Read more...]

Citizen U Bulletin Volume 2, Issue 10

  Bulletin Volume 2, Issue 10 While the newsletter is on summer hiatus, keep up with the news on Twitter. CIVICS IN ACTION Citizen U Weaving civics across grades and disciplines Click the links to access, like and share New … [Read more...]

Citizen U Bulletin Volume 2, Issue 9

  Bulletin Volume 2, Issue 9 SUBSCRIBE CIVICS IN ACTION Citizen U Weaving civics across grades and disciplines Click the links to access, like and share New Lessons Champions of Change Students analyze a variety of primary sources to … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: Film & Video

Analyzing Primary Sources: Learning from Video Recordings Teaching with the Library of Congress blog posts All-American News: Newsreels for African American Audiences February 7, 2019 Explore Library of Congress Professional Development Videos April 11, 2017 Exploring America's Cinematic Heritage through the National Film Registry December 17, 2015 Football Through Film and Other Primary Sources January 31, 2019 Inspiring Citizen Action with the National Screening Room … [Read more...]

Citizen U Bulletin Volume 2, Issue 8

Bulletin Volume 2, Issue 8 SUBSCRIBE CIVICS IN ACTION Citizen U Weaving civics across grades and disciplines Click the links to access, like and share New Lessons Making a Mark: Marching & Leaping Towards Reform Students make connections between protest, reform, and legacy through … [Read more...]

Learning from the Source: Do Good Fences Make Good Neighbors?

Overview By pairing primary sources with poetry, students consider the proverb, "Good fences make good neighbors" in the context of their own lives as well as in a local, national or global context. Lesson Steps Display the primary source image and analyze it together as a class using the Library of Congress Primary Source Analysis Tool. After, ask students to consider and discuss the mood and tone of the image and what feelings it brings to mind. Ask for two student volunteers to … [Read more...]

Citizen U Bulletin Volume 2, Issue 7

Bulletin Volume 2, Issue 7 SUBSCRIBE CIVICS IN ACTION Citizen U Weaving civics across grades and disciplines Click the links to access, like and share New Lessons Do Our Parks Do What They Are Supposed to Do? Students analyze primary source images and texts to investigate Frederick Law … [Read more...]

Citizen U Bulletin Volume 2, Issue 6

Bulletin Volume 2, Issue 6 SUBSCRIBE CIVICS IN ACTION Citizen U Weaving civics across grades and disciplines Click the links to access, like and share Map: Poetry & Environmental Justice Students analyze images and the poem, "Map", and discuss how diverse sources provide context to the theme of environmental justice, then … [Read more...]