August 15, 2018

NHD 2018 Conflict & Compromise Topic Ideas: World History Religion

These curated resource lists coincide with the topic ideas listed in the NHD 2018 Conflict & Compromise theme sample topics list. The links lead to resources accessed from the Library of Congress (LOC.gov) unless otherwise noted.Buddhism and Hinduism: Conflicting Ideas and Their Cultural ImpactsImages of Hinduism and Buddhism 1851 engraving Images of Hindu cosmogony and gods plate 1 1851 Images of Hindu cosmogony and gods plate 2 1851 A Hindu bridal party c1922 Images … [Read more...]

Teaching Now: Integrating Literacy, History & Geography

Informed citizens have knowledge and understanding of geography and history (see the College, Career & Civic C3 Framework). This is a guest post from Nicole Woulfe, a middle school social studies teacher from New Hampshire and a Citizen U pilot lesson implementer. I created the Geography & the Civil War lesson to allow my students to grow as geographers as we studied the Civil War. So often, students are overwhelmed by the dates of battles, the number of casualties, and the famous names … [Read more...]

Learning from the Source: Geography & the Civil War

This is a guest post from Nicole Woulfe, a middle school social studies teacher from New Hampshire and a Citizen U pilot lesson implementer. Learn more about the creation, implementation and reflection of this lesson. Focus QuestionWhat role did geography play in the turning points of Vicksburg and Sherman’s March during the Civil War?Content goalGeography Grade 6 Competency: Students will demonstrate and apply knowledge of geography and geographic tools in the study of the … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: Gambia

Gambia primary source set World Digital LibraryGambia country profile BBCGambia timeline BBCThe Gambia mapBooks & reports about GambiaWebcasts related to GambiaOral histories mentioning Gambia from the Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection of the Association for Diplomatic Studies and TrainingHistorical newspaper coverage of Gambia (through 1922)U.S. legislation related to GambiaGuide to Law Online: Gambia … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: Sweden

Sweden country profile BBCSweden timeline BBCSweden primary source set from the World Digital LibrarySweden mapsSweden image setSwede personal narrativesSwede oral history interviewsU.S. veteran oral histories (service in Sweden)Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection interviews mentioning SwedenSwedish American SongSwedish sheet musicSwedish song recordingsBooks, articles and other texts about SwedenThomas Jefferson correspondence related to … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: Civil War

Civil War photograph lessons & activitiesThe Mathew Brady Bunch New Technologies and New Uses Using Sources: Civil War Photography Technology & Tricks What Do You See?Civil War Photojournalism: A Record of WarThe Civil War Through a Child’s EyeCollection Connections teaching strategies & activitiesAbraham Lincoln Papers Alfred Whital Stern Collection of Lincolniana Civil War Maps Civil War Soldier in the Wild Cat Regiment Poet at Work: … [Read more...]

Featured Source: The Banks of the Yellow Sea

This Emily Dickinson poem was set to music by composer Ernst Bacon. Take a closer look at this sheet music and read the lyrics. What feeling does this poem give you? What specific word choices influence how you feel? What kind of music do you think would go with these words (happy, upbeat, sad, mournful, lively, slow, etc.)? Even if you can't read music, what clues to the music do you get about how Bacon wanted the song to sound from the sheet music? Now listen to a song recording of "The Banks … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Women own about one percent of world’s land

Zoom into this 1997 map online or this .pdf document. What do you learn just from looking at the title and the information presented outside of the country labels (ignore the orange leaves for now)? Look at the country labels (orange leaves). Which countries have the most female landowners? Use the information provided in this map to chart female land ownership in 1997. How might you explain this data? What questions do you have? A 2013 United Nations report describes the importance of female … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Little Rory Borealis

Look carefully at this map of the Arctic (online or .pdf document). Which countries could Rory live in if he lived above the Arctic Circle? Which of the animals in the picture would you NOT see in the Arctic Circle?Rory's mother named him after the Aurora Borealis, also called the Northern Lights, which you can see in the Arctic. Find out more about the Northern Lights. What causes them? When can you see them?Imagine you are living in the Arctic Circle. Draw a picture of you living … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: Arctic Circle & the North Pole

Arctic Region Library of Congress Places in the News November, 2011Arctic National Geographic Encyclopedic EntryArctic Region mapsArctic image setArctic Circle image setStreaming webcastsFinding the Antipodes: history and cartography of the Arctic and the Antarctic 2015/05/14Day 1 morning Day 1 afternoon Day 2My 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...]