Primary Source Learning: Women Breaking Barriers

Primary Source Learning: Women Breaking Barriers

Make connections to women’s history by exploring this primary source set put together by TPS Teachers Network Lead Mentor and curriculum specialist Cheryl Davis. Originally created as an Apple eBook, Reminders from the Ceiling Breakers is now a shareable primary source album available from the TPS Teachers Network. The album contains 12 digital postcards created with photographs…

Analyzing Primary Sources: Exploring Broadsides, Flyers, and Posters

Analyzing Primary Sources: Exploring Broadsides, Flyers, and Posters

In “Spreading the Word for a Cause” from the Teaching with with the Library of Congress blog, Teaching with Primary Sources intern Haleigh Reutershan provides examples of primary sources that helped spread information and encourage people to unite and support causes in the times before social media. She then offers suggestions for guiding questions and…

Primary Source Learning: Thanksgiving

Primary Source Learning: Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving primary source set with teacher’s guide Primary Source Learning: The Wampanoag, the Plimoth Colonists & the First Thanksgiving Teaching Now: Separating Myths from History Thanksgiving with Richard Blanco’s “América” Thanksgiving Then & Now – an historical newspaper exercise for kindergarten Guided primary source analyses Beyond the Bubble: The First Thanksgiving Teaching with the Library…

Primary Source Learning: Conservation & Environment

Primary Source Learning: Conservation & Environment

Library lessons Conservation Movement at a Crossroads: The Hetch Hetchy Controversy Explorations in American Environmental History Natural Disasters: Nature’s Fury Collection Connections Evolution of the Conservation Movement Mapping the National Parks Conservation & environment lessons from the Citizen U Multidisciplinary Civics Lesson Library Carbon Footprints, Climate, and Civic Causes Civic Actions to Impact the Future…

Primary Source Learning: Monthly Heritage & Identity Celebrations

Primary Source Learning: Monthly Heritage & Identity Celebrations

Below is a list with links to Library resource sets, featuring both primary and secondary sources, and teaching resources that coincide with monthly heritage and identity celebrations. So mark those special months but don’t stop there. Instead, come back to these resources time and again to give voice to diverse perspectives and celebrate inclusion all…

NHD 2023: Teaching Resources & Strategies

NHD 2023: Teaching Resources & Strategies

Educators, check out these resources and strategies to help you as you guide students through the development of their National History Day (NHD) projects. Overview Explore NHD’s origins. Discover the benefits of implementing NHD. Learn about Teacher of the Year Awards. Find your state affiliate. Sign up for the NHD newsletter. Understanding NHD Projects Read…

Teaching Now: Learning About (Dis)ability in History – An Inquiry for Elementary Students

Teaching Now: Learning About (Dis)ability in History – An Inquiry for Elementary Students

This brief unit plan and teaching guide was developed by Dr. John Bickford, Professor of Social Studies/History Education at Eastern Illinois University and Editor-in-Chief of The Councilor: A Journal of the Social Studies, in collaboration with Citizen U. The plan, developed in conjunction with this (Dis)ability History primary source set, includes teaching notes and is targeted…

Learning from the Source: (Dis)ability History

Learning from the Source: (Dis)ability History

This primary source set is targeted to elementary students and includes background information and thinking prompts. It was curated mainly by Dr. John Bickford, Professor of Social Studies/History Education at Eastern Illinois University and Editor-in-Chief of The Councilor: A Journal of the Social Studies. Access the unit plan that utilizes this primary source set. Click…

Primary Source Learning: U.S. History by Time Period

Primary Source Learning: U.S. History by Time Period

The U.S. History Primary Source Timeline spans nearly 400 years, covering 9 time periods. Each time period includes an overview and several subsections and each of these, in turn, provide background information and a selection of curated primary sources. Colonial Settlement, 1600s – 1763 The American Revolution, 1763 – 1783 The New Nation, 1783 –…

Teaching Now: Separating Myths from History

Teaching Now: Separating Myths from History

This unit plan and teaching guide was developed by Dr. John Bickford, Professor of Social Studies/History Education at Eastern Illinois University and Editor-in-Chief of The Councilor: A Journal of the Social Studies, in collaboration with Citizen U. It presents a lesson plan with teaching notes targeted to early and upper elementary students. TEACHER BACKGROUND Children—and…