December 9, 2019

NHD 2020: Topic Selection, Research, Sources & More

The graphic above from the Chicago Metro History Fair (CMHF) is a great encapsulation of how to choose a topic for a history fair project. In addition, ask yourself the questions listed below. Does the topic relate to the 220 National History Day (NHD) theme: Breaking Barriers in History? Does the topic relate to local or state history? Does the topic really interest you? Do you have a personal connection to the topic? (It’s not necessary but it can be a good thing.) Will you be … [Read more...]

NHD 2020: Movements & Technologies Primary Sources & Resource Lists

The theme for National History Day 2020 is Breaking Barriers in History.  Below we have highlighted some movements and technologies that have sought to break barriers over time. While some of these may be broad, we encourage you to dig into the links to related primary sources and additional resources to find a particular aspect to focus on. Movements Abolition Bonus Army Civil Rights Conservation Harlem Renaissance New Deal & the Works Progress Administration Woman … [Read more...]

Integrating Tech: Post-It App & Primary Source Analysis

In a TPS Network resource album available to the public, elementary teacher librarian and former teacher in residence at the Library of Congress, Tom Bober (@CaptainLibrary), outlines how his students analyzed an historical newspaper article using the See Think Wonder strategy that layered in the Post-it® app for iPad to help organize students' thinking. The analysis activity was followed up by a reading of A Lady Has the Floor: Belva Lockwood Speaks Out for Women's Rights. Resources … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Science & Technology

Primary source sets People John James Audubon Astronomer & Mathematician Benjamin Banneker Alexander Graham Bell Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell Daniel Burnham Rachel Carson George Washington Carver Marie Curie Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre Clarence Darrow Thomas A. Edison Cyrus Eidlitz Albert Einstein Gilbert Grosvenor & National Geographic Elias Howe & the Sewing Machine Inventors Benjamin Henry Latrobe Thomas Moran Samuel Morse … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Weather

Congress requires US military to collect weather data 1870 Weather Forecasting Among Services to [House] Members Weather forecasting primary source set, includes teacher's guide More weather forecasting primary sources Weather instruments primary source set Weather vanes primary source set Weather bureau primary source set Weather Service primary source set Meteorological stations primary source set Weather emergencies primary source set Weather sheet … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Flight & Planes

The Dream of Flight online exhibition With Wings as Eagles: From Fantasy to Flight (primary source sets documenting the history of flight) Today in History: Wright Brothers First Flight Plane images Airplane images Select airplane newspaper coverage New York Times & New York Tribune 1916-1919 Airplane historic newspaper coverage through 1922 Airplane flight historic newspaper coverage through 1922 Airplane books & reports Colonel Roosevelt is invited to fly in … [Read more...]

Tech Tool: Sheet Music Scanner

Music is such a powerful primary source and can really help us connect to and engage with a person or an event. The Library of Congress is full of digital music resources, including numerous sheet music collections and items.  But what to do if you would like to hear the music but cannot play an instrument yourself? Well, finally, there's an app for that! Thanks to Library of Congress Teacher in Residence Tom Bober for uncovering this wonderful tool! Currently the Sheet Music Scanner app is only … [Read more...]

Learning from the Source: Technology Time Travel

Set students to sleuthing by traveling back in time with historical newspapers to discover how the hot new technology at the turn of the 20th century evolved. Have students work in groups to analyze the primary sources and, together, uncover the evolution of radio technology. Then have students investigate other primary and secondary sources to compare and contrast radio's evolution to another technology of today. What parallels do they notice? What lessons can they learn from history to help … [Read more...]

NHD 2016: CMHEC Topic Ideas – Economy, Science & Technology

Below you will find Library of Congress resources curated by TPS-Barat that relate to National History Day 2016 topic ideas from the Chicago Metro History Education Center. This set specifically focuses on economy, science & technology but all topic ideas are related to the 2016 NHD theme: Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History. Interest in this area involves studying labor,  trade, business, advertising, consumerism Arbitration: Exchanging Mediation of Labor & Capital to Solve … [Read more...]

Guided Primary Source Analysis: Does the Camera Ever Lie?

Zoom into a more detailed image of this newspaper page from 1901. Read only the headline and image captions. Then carefully review the images and make an educated guess about what the article will discuss. Now read the article. How does it answer the question posed in the title? What evidence is provided to support this view? Do you agree with this view? Why or why not? How do cameras "lie" today? Provide at least two examples and discuss what it means for consumers of visual … [Read more...]