May 16, 2021

Looking Back: Top Content of 2020

2020 certainly wasn't easy but we hope that another year of highlighting great content from the Library of Congress and strategies and ideas for teaching with primary sources was helpful. In 2020 we began spotlighting TPS Consortium members and the resources and professional development opportunities that they provide. We also significantly expanded the Citizen U Lesson Library. There are now links to over 150 multidisciplinary civics lessons for grades K-12. Every lesson includes … [Read more...]

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden: Holiday Message & Read Aloud

 Before watching the video below, read the Minerva's Kaleidoscope blog post, Sharing Kindness, Bringing Light as We Read Together, to get acquainted with the story of Bear and Coco and review some pre-reading discussion questions.  … [Read more...]

TPS Spotlight: RISE for Racial Equity Webinars & Micro-credential

So many teachers are reflecting on how to fight racism, how to help students through the impact of the isolation and fear of the pandemic, and how to help students thrive in these challenging times. Teaching during COVID-19 and in a time of dismantling systemic racism is an experience that requires innovative approaches grounded in empathy, inquiry, trauma informed practices, and innovative thinking. The RISE for Racial Equity Webinars & Micro-credential program offer practical strategies … [Read more...]

Collection Spotlight: Amplifier Posters

Don't miss this arresting set of posters from Amplifier, a nonprofit design lab that builds art and media experiments to amplify important contemporary movements. Then check out this idea for using the collection to inspire students as they carry out their own creative poster project from TPS Teachers Network mentor and curriculum specialist Cheryl Davis. Amplifier also offers education resources for teachers and parents. … [Read more...]

TPS Spotlight: 2020 NCSS Virtual Conference Poster Sessions

Numerous TPS Consortium members have contributed posters (see listing below) to the 2020 NCSS Virtual Conference, took place online from December 4-6. Attendees can view conference presentations on demand until April 30, 2021. You may also contact the organizations directly to learn more. Book Backdrops: Connecting Primary Sources and Literature National Council of Teachers of English Participants will create a working definition of primary sources, learn to analyze primary sources, and … [Read more...]

Looking Back: Top Content of 2019

Citizen U was happy to be able to provide another year of great content highlighting Library of Congress primary sources and strategies and ideas for teaching with primary sources. In 2019 we added more Citizen U lessons, which integrate inquiry-based civics across core curriculum disciplines—English-language arts, math, science, and social studies—in elementary, middle school, and high school grades. Below we link to our top 50 content for 2019. But, remember, there is so much more to … [Read more...]

Primary Source Review: November-December 2019

Find all the fabulous primary sources and teaching ideas shared in November and December 2019 by @PSNTPS from the Primary Source Nexus, the Library of Congress, the House, the Senate, teachers and students in the classroom, and more! We’ve got Civics, History, ELA and STEAM resources—for immediate access to all of these, simply follow @PSNTPS on Twitter. … [Read more...]

Learning from the Source: Comparing & Contrasting Presidential Articles of Impeachment

What can we learn by comparing and contrasting the official articles of impeachment against the three U.S. presidents impeached by the House of Representatives? Johnson Impeachment - March 2, 1868 House of Representatives Articles of Impeachment for Andrew Johnson Supplement to the Congressional Globe U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates, 1774 - 1875 Congressional Globe, Senate, 40th Congress, 2nd Session Clinton Impeachment - December 19, 1998 H. Res. 611 impeaching William … [Read more...]

Literature Links: Esperanza Rising

This lesson is available through Emerging America, a TPS Consortium partner from Massachusetts and was created by Elena T. Danek. Access the full lesson plan by clicking the link below. Historical Fiction: Setting Study through Primary Sources of the Novel Esperanza Rising This two-day lesson is based on students acquiring a better understanding of the effects the Great Depression had on migrant workers and their children as portrayed in the novel: Esperanza Rising. The use of photographs, … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: Venezuela

Venezuela primary source set World Digital Library Venezuela images Videos related to Venezuela Venezuela maps Venezuelan song recordings Venezuelan literary recordings Venezuela books and documents (English & Spanish) U.S. historical newspaper articles mentioning Venezuela Service in Venezuela: U.S. veteran oral histories Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection interviews mentioning Venezuela U.S. legislation related to Venezuela Guide to Law Online: … [Read more...]