December 15, 2018

Primary Source Review: November 2018

Find all the fabulous primary sources and teaching ideas shared November 2018 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: Influenza

Early Influenza sourcesAn address of thanks from the faculty to the Right Honble, Mr. Influenzy for his kind visit to this country 1803 An account of the origin, symptoms, and cure of the influenza or epidemic catarrh 1832 Kartogramma "grippa", oktiabrʹ 1889-mart 1890 shows occurrence of influenza by province (Russia)Influenza Pandemic 1918-1919The Influenza Epidemic of 1918 (Spanish Flu) timeline and select historical newspaper articles Influenza 1918-1919 historical … [Read more...]

Integrating Tech: NHD 2018 Digital Resources

NHD Categories & RulesNHD category infographics (.pdf) National History Day Contest Rule Book (.pdf)Curated resource lists for NHD 2018 topic ideasNHD 2018 U.S. History Topic Ideas NHD 2018 European History Topic Ideas NHD 2018 World History Topic IdeasSelecting, Using & Citing SourcesSelecting a Topic for a History Project Selecting Sources: Tertiary, Secondary, Primary Selecting Primary Sources for Research Projects Tech Tools: Citation … [Read more...]

Today in History: Sacramento, California

Today in History–November 25–the Library of Congress features Sacramento, California, a boom town during the mid-19th-century gold rush. By 1854 the city had become the state capital. Learn more about the city of Sacramento by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more primary sources.Pioneer Life in Sacramento from America's LibrarySacramento mapsSacramento imagesIn the Sacramento valley sheet musicFirst-person narratives mentioning … [Read more...]

Today in History: Alaska

Today in History–November 20–the Library of Congress features the Alaska Highway, opened on this date in 1942. Originally known as the Alcan Highway, this 1,500-miles-long roadway connected Dawson Creek, British Columbia, to Fairbanks, Alaska. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more information and primary sources related to the great state of Alaska.Alaska stories from America's LibraryAlaska primary source setAlaska … [Read more...]

NHD 2018: Selecting a Topic for a History Project

The graphic above from the Chicago Metro History Fair (CMHF) is a great encapsulation of how to choose a topic for a history fair project. In addition, ask yourself the questions listed below.Does the topic relate to the 2018 National History Day (NHD) theme: Conflict & Compromise in History? For Illinois students, does the topic relate to local or Illinois state history? Does the topic really interest you? Do you have a personal connection to the topic? (It’s not necessary … [Read more...]

Timely Connections: Immigrant Soldiers

The United States is a nation of immigrants, many of whom have served the country in times of need. Below you will find links to news articles about immigrant soldiers, historical background resources, and related primary sources and teaching resources. How does studying sources from the past inform your understanding of the contemporary debate surrounding immigrants in the U.S. armed forces?Articles2018U.S. Army Discharges Immigrant Soldiers Seeking Citizenship NPR July 6, … [Read more...]

Timely Connections: Slavery & Compromise

In a Fox News interview with White House chief of staff John Kelly on Oct. 30, 2017, the former marine general said that “the lack of an ability to compromise led to the Civil War”. Kelly's statement set off a firestorm of impassioned responses across traditional and social media about the cause of the Civil War and the history of slavery and compromise prior to this seminal event. Read some of the contemporary articles, review background information about compromises over slavery prior to the … [Read more...]

Integrating Tech: NHD 2017 Digital Resources

General resourcesNational History Day Contest Rule Book NHD 2017: Taking a Stand in History Themebook NHD 2017: Taking a Stand sample topic ideas Chicago Metro History Fair (CMHF) 2017 suggested topic ideas NHD 2017: Selecting a Topic for a History ProjectCurated resource lists for NHD 2017 topic ideasNHD 2017  U.S. History Topic Ideas Part I NHD 2017  U.S. History Topic Ideas Part II NHD 2017 European History Topic Ideas Part I NHD 2017 European History … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Sioux (Dakota) & Sitting Bull

Sioux imagesDakota imagesSioux ghost dance (film)Mary Louise Defender Wilson and Keith Bear: Sioux and Mandan Hidatsa storytelling and music from North Dakota streaming webcastOral history interviews mentioning Sioux indiansIndian fanfares: The Camanche revel, The Sioux gaillarde, The Manitou air dancePoems from Sioux and Chippewa songsBooks related to the SiouxTexts related to the Dakota and the SiouxSioux indian historic newspaper coverageDakota indian … [Read more...]