October 6, 2022

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...]

Looking Back: Top Content of 2021

We were all hoping that 2021 would be easier than 2020 but the way it's going out certainly wasn’t what we had been wishing for. That said, let's look at the bright spots. More educators and students discovered and visited the Primary Source Nexus than the year before so we're glad that highlighting great content from the Library of Congress and strategies and ideas for teaching with primary sources seems to have been helpful. In 2021 we entered into a partnership with the National Education … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Native American History & Heritage

PSN curated source sets Today in History Captivity Narratives Chief John Ross & the Cherokee Nation Chief Joseph Surrenders Custer’s Last Stand Fort Necessity & the French and Indian War Indian Citizenship Act Jamestown Siege of Fort Meigs Jim Thorpe Western Missionaries & Native Americans Sarah Winnemucca Primary Source Spotlight Indian Removal The Iroquois Confederacy Narragansett Navajo The Nez Percé Paiute The Sauk … [Read more...]

Finding Resources: LOC.gov Teachers’ Section

The Teachers section of the Library of Congress website is chock full of ready-made classroom materials, free professional development and many more resources for educators. Below we describe the resources and provide links to get you what you need quickly. Teaching with Primary Sources Partner Program grantees, who comprise the TPS Consortium, deliver TPS professional development and academic courses, design curriculum and apps/online interactives using primary sources from the Library’s … [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...]

Looking Back: Top Content of 2020

2020 certainly wasn't easy but we hope that another year of highlighting great content from the Library of Congress and strategies and ideas for teaching with primary sources was helpful. In 2020 we began spotlighting TPS Consortium members and the resources and professional development opportunities that they provide. We also significantly expanded the Citizen U Lesson Library. There are now links to over 150 multidisciplinary civics lessons for grades K-12. Every lesson includes … [Read more...]

TPS Spotlight: State Historical Society of Iowa

Through the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) grant, the State Historical Society of Iowa developed free and downloadable Primary Source Sets to help K-12 educators meet the Iowa Core Content Standards for Social Studies. These sets address national and international history as well as Iowa-specific history. Educators outside of Iowa are encouraged to use the sets in conjunction with primary sources from their states (see PSN curated sets of state resources).  There are … [Read more...]

Finding Resources: LOC.gov Primary Source Sets & Teacher Guides

You'll find nearly 100 primary source sets with Teacher Guides in the Teacher's section of LOC.gov. Each set contains a carefully curated selection of diverse primary sources accompanied by information for teachers on how to use the set and help students analyze the sources within it. As you can see from the image above, 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 primary source sets and related PSN … [Read more...]

TPS Spotlight: Minnesota Historical Society

The Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) leads the Inquiry in the Upper Midwest (IUM) project, which delivers professional development for teachers in Minnesota and Wisconsin and primary-source based curriculum resources for teachers throughout the country, with a particular focus on inquiry, primary sources and culturally relevant pedagogy. View their archived professional development webinars and stay connected with future MNHS opportunities and new resources by following them on Facebook or … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: American Revolution

Primary source sets with teaching resources American Revolution and U.S. Constitution Emerging America American Revolutionary War and Its Impact on the West State Historical Society of Iowa Coming of the American Revolution TPS-MTSU Revolutionary America (1755-1787) Inquiry in the Upper Midwest Collection Connections American Memory Timeline: American Revolution select primary sources & primary source analysis prompts The American Revolution and Its Era: Maps and … [Read more...]