February 21, 2021

Guided Primary Source Analysis: At School

What are the children doing in this photo? Be specific and use details from the image to support your conclusions. Compare and contrast this classroom with yours. What are the similarities and differences? Look at this image of where the children gather before school. What do you notice? Read the source record. How does this program from the past compare to today's extended school day programs? What value do these programs have for the community? What other observations, reflections or … [Read more...]

Guided Primary Source Analysis: School Strike

The image caption says there is "a group of children and a woman". Which is the woman? How do you know? One child in this image is different than the rest. What is different about this child? Use Google Maps or Google Earth to find the location of the Tilden School. Describe what you find at this intersection today. What other observations, reflections or questions does this source inspire? Let us know! … [Read more...]

Today in History: Fisk University

Today in History–January 9–the Library of Congress features the Fisk School (later known as Fisk University), which held its first classes on this day in 1866. Fisk is one of several historically black colleges–others include Atlanta University, Hampton Institute (now Hampton University), and Howard University. Find out more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access primary sources related to this historic institution. Fisk School Opens from America's … [Read more...]

Today in History: Elizabeth Palmer Peabody & Kindergarten

Today in History–May 16–the Library of Congress features educator Elizabeth Palmer Peabody, born on this day in 1804. Peabody opened the first English-language kindergarten in the United States in 1860. Learn more about this teacher, writer, and prominent figure in the Transcendental movement by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to access primary sources related to kindergarten. "Kindergarten messenger" monthly journal edited by Elizabeth Palmer Peabody (May, … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: Native American Perspectives

In celebration of Native American Heritage month, the Teaching with the Library of Congress blog provides some great suggestions for teaching students to view the experiences and contributions of Native Americans from various perspectives. Comparing sources from multiple perspectives provides students with practice in critical thinking and evaluating evidence and arguments. Links to more Native American teaching resources are listed below and you'll find even more primary source resources from … [Read more...]