October 21, 2021

World Spotlight: Egypt

Egypt country study Egypt country profile BBC Egypt timeline BBC Places in the News: Lebanon July 2005 November 2011 August 2013 May 2016 Egypt primary source set World Digital Library Egypt maps Egypt image set Sheet music related to Egypt Song recordings related to Egypt Books & articles about Egypt Films & webcasts related to Egypt U.S. veteran oral histories (service in Egypt) Oral histories mentioning Egypt from the Foreign Affairs … [Read more...]

Teaching Now: QFT with a Primary Source

First draft vs final drafts This is a guest post from Alyssa Park, a fourth-grade teacher at Scarselli Elementary School in Nevada. My main goals as a teacher are to make sure students leave my classroom bursting with curiosity and with greater self-confidence as learners. I also want them to know how to ask the right questions, how to decide on an action plan to get the information they need, and how to reflect on the work they’ve done. In my second year as a teacher, I learned about the … [Read more...]

Analyzing Primary Sources: Tools & Guides

Primary sources, as described by the Library of Congress, "are the raw materials of history — original documents and objects that were created at the time under study. They are different from secondary sources, accounts that retell, analyze, or interpret events, usually at a distance of time or place. Bringing young people into close contact with these unique, often profoundly personal documents and objects can give them a sense of what it was like to be alive during a long-past era. Helping … [Read more...]

Finding Resources: Story Maps

Story Maps are immersive web applications that tell the incredible stories of the Library’s collections through narrative, multimedia, and interactive maps. The story maps are created within a Geographic Information Systems (GIS)-based software platform created by Esri. Story Maps are chock full of primary sources, including photographs, illustrations, texts, newspaper articles, and even maps. “I find story maps to be a twenty-first-century tool for a twenty-first-century library,” said … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: U.S. Presidential Inaugurations

"I Do Solemnly Swear..." U.S. Presidential Inaugurations primary source sets “I Do Solemnly Swear...” Inaugural Materials from the Collections of the Library of Congress online exhibition Inaugurations: Stepping into History presentation An Orderly Transition The Inaugural Address Looking Back and Looking Ahead Select historical newspaper articles The Inaugural--The Past Reign, the Coming Reign The Herald (New York [N.Y.]), March 7, 1837 (Martin Van Buren) William … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: U.S. Electoral College

Background & context The Electoral College – What Is It and How Does It Function? In Custodia Legis November 6, 2012 Electoral College Fast Facts US House of Representatives History, Art & Archives The Electoral College National Archives The Electoral College National Conference of State Legislators Research Guide: The Law of the Electoral College Contemporary articles Congress and the Case of the Faithless Elector History November 17, 2020, US House of … [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...]

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...]

World Spotlight: Afghanistan

Afghanistan country profile Afghanistan country profile BBC Afghanistan timeline BBC Places in the News: Afghanistan June 2016 October 2015 May 2011 September 2011 December 2011 July 2010 August 2009 January 2008 October 2001 Afghanistan primary source set World Digital Library The Great Game and Afghanistan story map Voices from Afghanistan online exhibition highlighting citizen letters Afghanistan maps The Great Game and Afghanistan story … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: Lebanon

Lebanon country study Lebanon country profile BBC Lebanon timeline BBC Places in the News: Lebanon May 2007 June 2006 February 2005 Lebanon primary source set World Digital Library Lebanon maps Lebanon image set Books & articles about Lebanon Films & webcasts related to Lebanon U.S. veteran oral histories (service in Lebanon) Oral histories mentioning Lebanon from the Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection of the Association for Diplomatic … [Read more...]