November 21, 2019

Guided Primary Source Analysis: Shrinking Glaciers

Zoom into the map and analyze it, creating a bulleted list of what you learned from your analysis and another list of any questions that you have; click the image above to access the source record. Use the scale to trace a 1-mile square grid over the image portion of the map. Use the grid to determine a rough estimate of the number of square miles of glacier coverage, jotting down the number. Then create a square-mile grid for this timelapse map to determine rough estimates of the number of … [Read more...]

Citizen U: Multidisciplinary 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...]

World Spotlight: Arctic Circle & the North Pole

Arctic Region Library of Congress Places in the News November, 2011 Arctic National Geographic Encyclopedic Entry Arctic Region maps Arctic image set Arctic Circle image set Streaming webcasts Finding the Antipodes: history and cartography of the Arctic and the Antarctic 2015/05/14 Day 1 morning Day 1 afternoon Day 2 My Winter in Greenland & Summer in Antarctica 2012/09/12 Big Ice Sheets Doing Big Things: Why It's a Big Deal 2011/07/20 On Thin Ice: … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Life on the Farm

What was life on the farm like before large agribusiness operations began to dominate U.S. agricultural production? To get a glimpse into the past, take a look at the Today in History section for August 29, then click the links below to access a cornucopia of primary source treasures. Farming image set Dairy farm image set Pig farm image set Poultry farm image set Farming oral histories Farming related books Farming legislation Farm related sheet music Farm related … [Read more...]

Today in History: First Arbor Day

Today in History–April 10–the Library of Congress features Arbor Day, first celebrated by Nebraskans on this day in 1872.  Today people celebrate Arbor Day worldwide on the last Friday in April. Learn more about this holiday by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to access related primary sources. Arbor Day primary source set Arbor Day image set Arbor Day historical newspaper coverage Arbor Day legislation Trees image set Trees book set Trees … [Read more...]