December 14, 2018

Citizen U: Interdisciplinary Civics Lessons

Citizen U integrates inquiry-based civics across core curriculum disciplines—English-language arts, math, science, and social studies—in elementary, middle school, and high school grades. Created through a grant awarded by the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources TPS program, Citizen U is a collaboration of the Barat Education Foundation, the Constitutional Rights Foundation, and DePaul University’s Office of Innovative Professional Learning.Get the Lessons! Download a lesson … [Read more...]

NHD 2019: U.S. History 20th Century Post WWII

The Tragedy of McCarthyismMarshall [George C.] and McCarthyism from America's Library Red Scare - Pointing Their Pens: Herblock and Fellow Cartoonists Confront the Issues More cartoons about Joseph McCarthy and McCarthyism from Herblock's History exhibition More cartoons about Joseph McCarthy and McCarthyism from Herblock! exhibition Creating Cartoons: Art and Controversy Library of Congress Blog June 2, 2015 A Climate of Fear - Hope for America: Performers, Politics and Pop … [Read more...]

NHD 2019: U.S. History 20th Century Through WWII

The Jungle and the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906Chicago meat packing primary sources The Jungle by Upton Sinclair Topics in Chronicling America - Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906 timeline & select newspaper articles More 1906 historical newspaper coverage of the Pure Food and Drug Act Upton Sinclair Jungle 1906 historical newspaper coverage The Determinants of Progressive Era Reform. The Pure Food and Drugs Act of 1906 2004 The Pure Food and Drug Act US House of … [Read more...]

Literature Links: Ruth and the Green Book

Elementary teacher librarian and former teacher in residence at the Library of Congress, Tom Bober (@CaptainLibrary), details a plan for pairing primary source analysis with the book, Ruth and the Green Book by Calvin Alexander Ramsey, to help students make connections to history and geography. In his post on Knowledge Quest from the American Association of School Librarians, Tom also says the activities will help students to "look at the experiences of African Americans prior to the passage of … [Read more...]

Learning from the Source: We Shall Overcome

Students will analyze historical and contemporary primary sources to examine how citizens persevered to overcome injustice and affect change during the 1960s civil rights era and consider the lessons the first March to Selma in 1965 provides for us today.Enduring understanding: Time, place, and culture influence our perspectives on people and issues.Essential question: How can we strive to overcome injustice?Lesson materialsWe Shall Overcome sheet music (curator note) … [Read more...]

Integrating Tech: Primary Source Analysis using Google Forms

This is a guest post from Kelly Grotrian, an American History teacher at East Brunswick High School in East Brunswick, New Jersey. Far and away my favorite Google App for Education is Google Forms. Forms allows you to present a variety of primary sources to students in an organized fashion and to collect data on the analysis of those sources to inform your instruction. Google Forms also allow learners to work at their own pace, which is something that my students enjoy because they have the … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Ida B. Wells

From the Library of Congress: “The facts have been so distorted that the people in the north and elsewhere do not realize the extent of the lynchings in south,” stated Ida B. Wells in June of 1895. Wells worked tirelessly to fight against lynching in the American South through newspapers, pamphlets, and speeches. A former school teacher, she is remembered for her work in both civil and women’s rights. Ida B. Wells brief bio Women’s Rights Activist Ida B. Wells-Barnett online exhibition … [Read more...]

City Spotlight: New Orleans

New Orleans at 300: The Crescent City's Tricentennial Inside Adams blog January 9, 2018Sheet Music Spotlight: New Orleans Turns 300 In The Muse October 4, 2018War of 1812 and the Battle of New Orleans America's LibraryWinning the Battle of New Orleans January 8, 1815 America's LibraryThe Battle of New Orleans Bicentennial Folklife Today blog January 8, 2015Mardi Gras Season in New Orleans America's Library local legacyHappy Mardi Gras! Inside Adams blogThe Supreme … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Woman fingerprinted

Complete a primary source analysis of this image using the Library's primary source analysis tool. Then click the image above to see if the information found in the curator's note there answers any of your questions.paper (.pdf) digital padletFind out more about the woman in this image by investigating this related primary source set. Were you able to find answers to any of your analysis questions? Which ones? Describe what else you learned.Can you find a discrepancy between … [Read more...]

Presidential Spotlight: Lyndon B. Johnson

Lyndon B. Johnson oath of office Nov. 22, 1963 image and audio fileLyndon B. Johnson inauguration primary source set Jan. 20, 1965Vice President Johnson Was Assigned the Task of Unifying the U.S. Satellite Programs Jun. 24, 1961 from America's LibraryRetreat from Armageddon? Khrushchev, Kennedy, Johnson and the Elusive Quest for Peace webcastJudgment Days: Lyndon Baines Johnson, Martin Luther King Jr. and the Laws That Changed America webcastMaster of the … [Read more...]