October 5, 2022

Guided Primary Source Analysis: Black Women Achievements Against the Odds

Look closely at this source and respond to the questions below. Where is your eye drawn to first? Next? After? What do you notice about the source's design? What, in particular, stands out to you? Why do you think this source was created? How do you know? (Be sure to point to evidence from the source that supports your conclusion.) Take two minutes to make a list of names that you recognize and one fact about each. Pair up with another student and take one minute to share what you … [Read more...]

Literature Links: Book Backdrops

Book Backdrops are teacher-curated primary source sets linked to books and accompanied by teaching ideas and/or teaching notes. They are continually added to the TPS Teachers Network using the album tool. A sampling of some great ones are listed below. All of the ones included here are accessible by anyone. But if you want to search for others and access comments on the sets from Network members, you'll need to login or join this free educational online community. TPS Teachers Network Book … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Ralph Ellison

Ralph Ellison historical newspaper coverage Harlem (as described by Leo Gurley) in interview by Ralph Ellison June 14, 1939 Ralph Ellison Invisible Man 1952 Book Cover with curator's note Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man draft pages and portrait with curator's note Ralph Ellison, Reading from a Novel in Progress Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature March 28, 1983 Ralph Ellison, The Art of Fiction Paris Review Issue 8, Spring 1955 Library blog posts & articles Banned Books … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Black American History & Heritage

Primary source sets with teacher guides Baseball: Across a Changing Nation Civil War Images: Depictions of African Americans in the War Effort Harlem Renaissance Jim Crow in America The NAACP: A Century in the Fight for Freedom Rosa Parks Veterans' Stories: Struggles for Participation Story maps Educated and Enslaved: The Journey of Omar Ibn Said Freedom Susie King Taylor Curated resource sets - primary sources & secondary too Individuals … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: LOC.gov Teacher-Created Lesson Plans

The Teacher's section on LOC.gov features close to 100 teacher-created lesson plans. As you can see from the image above, lesson plans are listed in alphabetical order and there is a handy search bar to help you easily conduct a keyword search. Use the links below to jump to select groupings of the LOC.gov lesson plans and related PSN teaching resources. All lesson plans Lesson plans by grade level Elementary: Grades 3-5 Middle School: Grades 6-8 High school: Grades … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Louise Glück

Louise Glück is an award-winning American poet—2020 Nobel Prize for Literature, the 2014 National Book Award, 1993 Pulitzer Prize, and 1992 Bobbitt Prize, among others—who also served as a Special Bicentennial Consultant from 1999-2000 and the U.S. Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry from 2003-2004 at the Library of Congress. Event video recordings Louise Glück Reads Her Poetry Jan. 29, 1988 (1:05:08) Bicentennial Symposium: Poetry & the American People Apr. 4, 2000 … [Read more...]

Literature Links: The Women of Copper Country

Anna Klobuchar Clemenc (Clements), also known as “Big Annie” and America’s Joan of Arc, is the central character in The Women of Copper Country, a historical novel by Maria Doria Russell. Set in Upper Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula in 1913, the novel chronicles the work of Anna and the Ladies Auxiliary of the Western Federation of Miners. A significant event is the Italian Hall disaster. Christmas Eve, 1913, a citizen falsely shouted fire in the crowded building as children of union members were … [Read more...]

2019 Library of Congress National Book Festival

The 19th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center from 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019. The event is free and open to the public. If you can't make, don't worry, as recordings of author presentations will be available at a later date. More than 140 authors, illustrators, and poets will make presentations dedicated to kids, fiction, history, biography, poetry, science, and more. Fascinating thematic programs … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: New Zealand

Places in the News: New Zealand April 2009 September 2010 February 2011 September 2011 July 2013 New Zealand country profile BBC New Zealand timeline BBC New Zealand primary source set World Digital Library New Zealand maps New Zealand image set Books & reports about New Zealand Historical newspaper coverage of New Zealand U.S. veteran oral history collections (service in New Zealand) Oral history transcripts mentioning New Zealand from the Foreign … [Read more...]

Collections Spotlight: Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature

The Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature at the Library of Congress contains recordings of poets and prose writers participating in literary events at the Library’s Capitol Hill campus as well as sessions at the Library’s Recording Laboratory. As of April, 2019, there are nearly 300 artists represented the digital collection. There is a biography for each artist and each of those links to one or more recordings featuring readings and commentary on their work. Happy poetry … [Read more...]