April 2, 2020

Primary Source Spotlight: Little Rock Nine

Little Rock Nine historical newspaper coverage through 1963 Citizens' Letters on the Little Rock Crisis Eisenhower Library Daisy Bates to Roy Wilkins on the treatment of the Little Rock Nine December 17, 1957 letter Portrait of Roy Wilkins Little Rock Nine group portrait photo and curator's note U.S. Troops escort African American students from Central High School photo and curator's note Little Rock Nine images Little Rock Nine pamphlet Little Rock Central High School … [Read more...]

Teaching Now: Primary Sources Aid U.S. History Lessons

From CBS News: How U.S. history, specifically topics like slavery and the civil rights movement, are taught in schools varies widely across the country, a CBS News investigation found. Jericka Duncan visited Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland, one of the largest districts in nation, where students mostly use primary sources like letters and speeches to learn about history instead of relying simply on textbooks alone. They say it has taught them to think more critically. Has your … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Henry Creamer & Turner Layton

Song recordings After you've gone Childhood days Dear old Southland Everybody's crazy 'bout the doggone blues, but I'm happy Goodbye Alexander, goodbye honey boy If you'll come back I'm waiting for you, 'Liza Jane I've got the finest man Jubilee blues Oh! Frenchy! Strut Miss Lizzie Sweet Emalina, my gal Sweet mamma (Papa's getting mad) Sweet 'n' pretty That's the doctor, Bill Way down yonder in New Orleans When the shadows softly come and go … [Read more...]

Citizen U Bulletin Volume 1, Issue 2

SUBSCRIBE CIVICS IN ACTION Citizen U Weaving civics across grades and disciplines Click the blocks to access, use and rate Featured Lessons     TPS Civics Educator Micro-credential Program Grant-supported … [Read more...]

TPS Spotlight: TPS Teachers Network

The TPS Teachers Network, is a free professional social media platform, funded by a grant from the Library of Congress, designed to host and facilitate conversations, connections, and collaborations among educators of all stripes—teachers, professors, librarians, pre-service teachers, administrators, and more—all focused on using primary sources to improve student learning. Through a variety of content-focused and grade-level groups, members share primary source materials and teaching … [Read more...]

Citizen U Bulletin Volume 1, Issue 1

SUBSCRIBE CIVICS IN ACTION Citizen U Weaving civics across grades and disciplines Click the blocks to access, use and rate . Featured Lessons These elementary lessons from former Library of Congress teacher in residence and current teacher librarian Tom Bober, connect civics-themed picture books with primary … [Read more...]

Timely Connections: States of the Union as Civic Learning Opportunity

The Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) has put together a list of resources for educators to help students understand, analyze, and respond to the upcoming State of the Union. The resources are divided into sections that include the following: Youth Perspectives, the Speech and Its Media Coverage, and Background Lessons. Check out this excellent list along with resources from the Primary Source Nexus and the Library of Congress. Using the State of … [Read more...]

Primary Source Review: February 2019

Find all the fabulous primary sources and teaching ideas shared February 2019 by @PSNTPS from the TPS-Barat Primary Source Nexus, the Library of Congress, the House, the Senate, the World Digital Library, 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...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Harlem Hellfighters

The Harlem Hellfighters was a German nickname for the African-American 369th Infantry Regiment, which ended up lauded for its valor. The regiment was also famous for its musicians, led by Lieutenant James Reese Europe. Discover more with this collection of secondary and primary sources. Secondary sources Harlem Hell Fighters: African-American Troops in World War I Headlines and Heroes blog February 12, 2019 African-American WWI 'Harlem Hell Fighters' proved their mettle, patriotism in … [Read more...]

Analyzing Primary Sources: 3D Pyramid

The 3D Pyramid created by Historica Canada helps students analyze primary sources in 5 steps. The 5Ws Context Exploring Reaching Conclusions Finding Proof Find out more about the five steps by visiting the 3D Pyramid tool page. Download the 3D Pyramid to use in your classroom. Thanks @ChristinaGanev for surfacing this great tool! … [Read more...]