December 2, 2021

Teaching Now: Separating Myths from History

This unit plan and teaching guide was developed by Dr. John Bickford, Professor of Education at Eastern Illinois University and Editor-in-Chief of The Councilor: A Journal of the Social Studies, in collaboration with Citizen U. It presents a lesson plan with teaching notes targeted to early and upper elementary students. TEACHER BACKGROUND Children—and adults!—will be shocked to learn most of their Thanksgiving facts are fables, not history. This short section details the stuff many folks … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: The Wampanoag, the Plimoth Colonists & the First Thanksgiving

This primary source set is targeted to elementary students and includes background information and thinking prompts. It was curated mainly by Dr. John Bickford, Professor of Education at Eastern Illinois University and Editor-in-Chief of The Councilor: A Journal of the Social Studies with the goal of helping students separate Thanksgiving myths from history. Access the teaching guide for this source set. Source 1 Pre-reading: Pilgrims are people who go on a long journey, often to a … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Native Americans

PSN curated source sets Today in History Black Hawk War Captivity Narratives Chief John Ross & the Cherokee Nation Chief Joseph Surrenders Custer’s Last Stand Fort Necessity & the French and Indian War Indian Citizenship Act Jamestown Siege of Fort Meigs Jim Thorpe Western Missionaries & Native Americans Sarah Winnemucca Primary Source Spotlight Indian Removal The Iroquois Confederacy Narragansett Navajo The Nez Percé … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Latest style clothing & gents furnishing goods

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Today in History: Conde Nast, Vogue & Clothing Styles

Today in History–March 26–the Library of Congress features publisher Condé Nast, born on this day in 1874. While working as an advertising executive for Collier's, Nast created the concept of magazines based on targeted groups of readers. In 1909 he purchased Vogue and five years later created Vanity Fair. Learn more about American clothing styles by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access primary sources related to clothing, style and fashion. Condé … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: World War I Teaching Resources

The Teaching with Library of Congress blog provides some great primary source teaching ideas related to supporting the troops, focusing in on wartime clothing drives. Be sure to check out these World War I clothing-related posters. There are also lots more teaching resources to draw from. World War I related Teaching with the Library of Congress blog posts Activities & lesson plans American Memory Timeline: U.S. Participation in the Great War background & primary source … [Read more...]