January 20, 2021

Citizen U Bulletin Volume 2, Issue 1

Bulletin Volume 2, Issue 1 SUBSCRIBE CIVICS IN ACTION Citizen U Weaving civics across grades and disciplines Click the links to access, like and share New Lessons American Memory Birthday Project Students learn about primary sources then analyze both secondary and primary sources to investigate … [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...]

Citizen U Bulletin: Volume 1, Issue 20

  Bulletin   Volume 1, Issue 20 CIVICS IN ACTION Citizen U Weaving civics across grades and disciplines Click the links to access, use and rate Newest Lessons Added from Teaching with the Library of Congress   Elementary Middle School High … [Read more...]

Citizen U Bulletin: Volume 1, Issue 19

Bulletin   Volume 1, Issue 19 SUBSCRIBE CIVICS IN ACTION Citizen U Weaving civics across grades and disciplines Click the links to access, use and rate Newest Lessons: Guided Primary Source Analyses   Elementary At School Lessons for My Community Shaping the Future by Preserving Our … [Read more...]

Citizen U Bulletin: Volume 1, Issue 18

Bulletin   Volume 1, Issue 18 SUBSCRIBE CIVICS IN ACTION Citizen U Weaving civics across grades and disciplines Click the links to access, use and rate Latest Additions to the Lesson Library   Covering Mental Health Students explore how the press brings awareness to problems and helps support reform … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: 1876 Contested Presidential Election

From America's Library On the night of the 1876 presidential election, Republican candidate Rutherford B. Hayes went to bed early. He assumed that he had lost the election to his opponent, Democrat Samuel J. Tilden. Tilden did win the popular vote that night, but the Republicans challenged the validity of the electoral votes from three states. (Under the Electoral College, each state chooses electors to vote for the president.) A candidate must win the electoral vote to become … [Read more...]

Citizen U Bulletin: Volume 1, Issue 17

Bulletin   Volume 1, Issue 17 SUBSCRIBE CIVICS IN ACTION Citizen U Weaving civics across grades and disciplines Click the links to access, use and rate Most Recent Additions to the Lesson Library Absentee Voting & Voting by Mail Electoral College: Does Your Vote for President Count? I Am an American … [Read more...]

Guided Primary Source Analysis: Does Your Vote for President Count?

Work in a group to discuss what you can learn from this historical newspaper article (download .pdf) just by examining the headline, illustrations, the introduction (the first three paragraphs), and the section headers. What questions do you still have? Divide the reading of the article among your group members so that each reads 2 or 3 of the 9 sections, then discuss what you've read to answer the questions below. What was the main point of each section? How does each section relate … [Read more...]

Guided Primary Source Analysis: Presenting Party Platforms

Zoom into this 1888 presidential election document online or in a .pdf document. Look closely at the graphical elements of the complete document and compare and contrast the presentation of information in the Harrison and Cleveland maps. Which is more pleasing visually and why? How does the visual presentation affect the tone of each map? Describe your findings using specific details from the maps to support your conclusions. Now compare and contrast the textual information presented on each … [Read more...]

Analyzing Primary Sources: Identifying Bias in Presidential Election Newspaper Coverage

In a Teaching with the Library of Congress blog post, Deborah Thomas, program manager for the National Digital Newspaper Program at the Library of Congress, discusses Helping Students Read Between the Lines: Identifying Bias and Attitude in Newspapers for the Presidential Election of 1912. With three major candidates, rather than the traditional two, the 1912 election became a varied debate between special interests, government oversight, and the value of individuals in society. While each … [Read more...]