November 21, 2019

Timely Connections: Teaching About Presidential Impeachment

In an October 3, 2019 article, Teaching Impeachment in Politically Risky Times, Education Week discusses the issues teachers face in the current context and the importance of seizing this teachable moment. "For the nation’s government and civics teachers, it all comes down to this: The wheels of a rarely used, constitutionally prescribed process—impeachment—have been set in motion. And now those teachers are on the front lines of helping interpret it for the nation’s students. Whether … [Read more...]

Timely Connections: Border Spaces Across Time

In a blog post titled, "Comparing Primary Sources Depicting Border Spaces" Library of Congress 2019 Hispanic Division Junior Fellow Jaime Conlan provides insight into using historical and contemporary photographs to serve as an important entryway to discuss difficult issues relevant to the curriculum and, ultimately, to better understand Mexico/U.S. border space. Read the full blog post to access photographs from Library collections and questions to consider when analyzing them. Then take a … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: American Revolution

Primary source sets with teaching resources Coming of the American Revolution TPS-MTSU Primary Source Learning: American Revolution Primary Source Nexus Revolutionary America (1755-1787) Inquiry in the Upper Midwest American Revolution and U.S. Constitution Emerging America Collection Connections American Memory Timeline: American Revolution select primary sources & primary source analysis prompts The American Revolution and Its Era: Maps and Charts of North America … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: Music

Analyzing Primary Sources: Learning from Music Guided primary source analysis activities The Banks of the Yellow Sea Leonard Bernstein illustrated letter Election Day L’Africana – L’Africaine Opera Learning from the Source lesson plans Capturing Character on Camera Mourning Lincoln & the Art of Tribute The Negro Speaks of Rivers Science Radium Romp The Star Spangled Banner K-2 The Star Spangled Banner 3-5 We Shall Overcome Library of Congress … [Read more...]

TPS Spotlight: Civics Educator Micro-Credential Pilot for Illinois Teachers

The TPS Civics Educator Micro-Credential Program consists of 3 distinct courses, each leading to an individual digital badge. The courses are “stacked” as one course builds to the next.  A teacher who completes all 3 courses in the stack earns a “master” digital badge. The courses include: TPS Civics Teaching Expert TPS Civics Curriculum Design Expert TPS Civics Coaching Expert The TPS Civics Educator Micro-Credential Program is for teachers of any subject and any grade because … [Read more...]

Learning from the Source: Pairing Pictures & Poems to Tell Stories

Students learn the power of pairing pictures with poems to tell stories about historical and contemporary issues. Display the paired primary sources (Image 1 | Image 2), featuring just the pictures and inform students that the poem accompanying these illustrations has been removed. Ask them to predict what the poem is about using details from the images to support their conclusions. Display the bibliographic records for the sources and ask students what new information they learned and … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: Civil Rights

Citizen U: interdisciplinary civics lessons Civil Rights and Civic Action Dolores Huerta Building Coalitions to Affect Change Collaborating to Affect Change Inspiring Civic Responsibility Selma & Voting Rights: Standing Up for Equality Lesson plans  Baseball, Race Relations and Jackie Robinson Baseball, Race and Ethnicity: Rounding the Bases I Have a Dream Image Sequencing We Shall Overcome Guided primary source analysis activities An … [Read more...]

Analyzing Primary Sources: 3D Pyramid

The 3D Pyramid created by Historica Canada helps students analyze primary sources in 5 steps. The 5Ws Context Exploring Reaching Conclusions Finding Proof Find out more about the five steps by visiting the 3D Pyramid tool page. Download the 3D Pyramid to use in your classroom. Thanks @ChristinaGanev for surfacing this great tool! … [Read more...]

Timely Connections: For the People Act

H.R.1 - For the People Act of 2019 was introduced into the House of Representatives on January 3, 2019 by Rep. John P. Sarbanes, [D-MD-3] and has well over 200 Democrat co-sponsors. INVESTIGATE Scan the legislation and consider the questions below. What main sections are contained in the text of H.R.1 - For the People Act of 2019? What actions have been taken on the legislation? What committees are reviewing the legislation? Which aspects of the legislation are under the … [Read more...]

Citizen U & Engaging Congress: Free Workshops in IL & TX

WHY These free in-person workshops will help civic-minded educators develop engaged citizens by: improving inquiry-based teaching using Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) methodology; reviewing the elementary through high school inquiry-based Citizen U interdisciplinary civics lessons interacting with the free civics app Engaging Congress; previewing the Library of Congress TPS Civics micro-credential pilot. WHO 6th–12th grade educators in all content … [Read more...]