August 16, 2018

Learning from the Source: The Declaration, Her Declaration, Your Declaration

Discuss the Declaration of Independence. Why was it written? What meaning did it have in 1776? What meaning does it have today?Read the Declaration of Independence and highlight words and phrases that stand out to you. Read over the words and phrases you highlighted. In what ways does the language you selected help to clarify or distill the meaning of the Declaration of Independence for you?Read over the words and phrases you highlighted again. In what other context of your life might … [Read more...]

Featured Source: The Brownies’ Book

With your group, complete a quick primary source analysis of the image above to note what you see, what you think of feel about what you see, and any questions that you have. Based on your analysis, what do you the Brownies' Book was and why do you think it was created? Then review the table of contents of the Brownies' Book? What more did you learn about the Brownies' Book was and why it was created from this page? As you answer each question, be sure to point to evidence from the source in … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Woman’s Work

Look carefully at the photograph above and respond to the following questions.What do you notice first? What else do you see? What details can you point to? What might those details tell you about this woman and what she is doing? What might those details tell you about why this photo was taken, or the purpose it might have served? What questions do you have?Now review the bibliographic record for this image, then this set of related images. Were any of your previous … [Read more...]

Teaching Now: Using Primary Sources to Create a Lincoln Assassination Newscast

This is a guest post from Tim Anderson, a middle school English teacher and Google Certified Educator at Sulphur Springs Elementary School in Jonesborough, Tennessee. There often seems to be a disconnect between students and historical events. Connecting literature to history helps make it come alive for students. Since my eighth graders are studying the Civil War, I chose to have them read Chasing Lincoln’s Killer, a fast-paced thriller about the pursuit and capture of John Wilkes Booth pieced … [Read more...]

Citizen U: Lessons Infusing Civics Across the Curriculum

The Citizen U curriculum is a collaboration between the Barat Education Foundation (BEF), Constitutional Rights Foundation (CRF), and DePaul University’s Office of Innovative Professional Learning (DePaul OIPL) and was developed thanks to a grant from the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program.The goal of the Citizen U curriculum is to infuse civic knowledge, skills, and dispositions across the core subjects in elementary, middle, and high school grades. Working with … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Women’s Rights National Historical Park

Zoom into left half of this map (.pdf or online) to answer the following questions about the Women's Rights National Historical Park.Where is it and how would you get there from where you live? Why did the National Park Service choose this location? What would you do if you visited the park?Read the timeline half of the map (.pdf or online), then choose one section to research further. Search for the event or person on this website and elsewhere. Prepare a brief presentation on … [Read more...]

Featured Source: A Plan of My Farm

Zoom into this old map. Do some math, how many acres in total are listed on this map. There are 640 acres in 1 square mile. Approximately how many square miles is this farm? Look for clues on the map to see if you can determine when it was made and by whom. Make a rough sketch of what you think the farm looked like in pencil.Now compare the map above to another map of the same area from a later date. What changed? What stayed the same? What more did learn about the farm and the farm owner? … [Read more...]

Featured Source: America

Zoom into the selected section of the primary source shown above. Look closely at the details and answer the questions below.What do you see? What is happening in this scene? How do you feel when you look at this scene? What do you wonder about?Now look at the complete primary source and answer the questions below.What additional information do you gain from the text? What do you think the creator wanted you to think when looking at this scene? What do you think … [Read more...]

Featured Image: Christmas Children’s Section

The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.]), 20 Dec. 1903. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. Articles (Click the page image above to zoom in and then use the page arrow buttons to read the articles in this section or click the links below.)Boy's Christmas Aboard a Whaler The Heart of a Child Charades for Christmas Children's Christmas Parties Real Ghost Stories: page 1 and page 2 What I Would Do if I Had Ten Dollars Etiquette for … [Read more...]

Featured Source: A Preacher Tries Farming

The page shown above comes from a transcript of a 1930s oral history interview with George Strester who remembers a memorable Thanksgiving time when his father, a preacher, tried farming in Nebraska in 1873. Click the links below to browse through some related images, then read Strester's whole story. Describe how the images enhanced your understanding of the story.young family, near Woods Park, Custer County, Nebraska sod house near Woods Park, Custer County, Nebraska Mrs. Debusk, … [Read more...]