September 15, 2020

Learning from the Source: Close Reading in Service of a Cause

Activity overview Close reading is an opportunity to read and reread thoughtfully and with purpose. By breaking down the analysis of texts and other primary sources into distinct chunks, you can increase rigor and help students more easily climb the staircase of complexity required by the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). In this primary source activity students will look closely and critically at images in conjunction with historical and contemporary texts. They will compare and contrast … [Read more...]

Today in History: September 11, 2001

Today in History–September 11–the Library of Congress features the terrorist attacks on the United States. On September 11, 2001, terrorists hijacked four airplanes and killed thousands as they destroyed the World Trade Center towers in New York and damaged the Pentagon in Virginia; a fourth plane crashed in Pennsylvania after passengers struggled with hijackers. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section and, in particular, by reviewing the primary sources listed below that document … [Read more...]

Guided Primary Source Analysis: Engine Company 54 lost 15 men, 9/11/01

Look at this collage as a whole and then examine it's details. What do you notice first? What else draws your attention? How does this work inform your understanding of this event and its impact? This artist and professor at the School of Visual Arts talked about why he uses everyday materials and what attracted him to them growing up. It’s the quality of the materials—the way they reflect and catch the light—and it’s the magic of the materials. These are things that people throw out. Like … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: September 11, 2001

On September 12, 2001, the Library of Congress began recording public and private responses to the events, much as it did after the Pearl Harbor attacks in 1941. The Teaching with the Library of Congress blog provides some ideas for teaching with the resources in the September 11 collections. For more resources and teaching and learning ideas, click the links below. Teaching About September 11 Using Primary Sources from Library of Congress Teaching with the Library of Congress blog post … [Read more...]