March 19, 2019

Citizen U: Lesson Feedback – Raffle to the Library of Congress Summer Teacher Institute

Teachers matter. Your feedback matters. With the help of educators like you, we are rebuilding civics learning. Download a Citizen U lesson,  review/implement it, and let us know what you think by registering/logging in and then giving the lesson a rating and providing feedback by making a comment. Any teacher who rates and comments on a lesson through May 2019 will be entered into a raffle to win a spot at the 2019 Library of Congress Summer Teacher Institute, Science, Technology, and … [Read more...]

TPS Spotlight: Call for Applications for 2019-2020 Civics Teacher-in-Residence

The Learning and Innovation Office of the Library of Congress is seeking applications from current K-12 Civics teachers for one Teacher-in-Residence position during the 2019-20 school year. Details about the position and application are available here. … [Read more...]

TPS Spotlight: Spring Webinars & Online Office Hours

Tune in to the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources program this spring and reinvigorate your practice. There will be a new weekly open office hour every Thursday in March from 4-5 pm EST (3 CST, 2 MST, 1 PST) and several interdisciplinary webinars. Peruse the offerings below, then sign up or drop by! March Office Hours Drop in and chat with a TPS expert from 4-5 pm EST every Thursday in March (Mar. 6, 13, 20, 27). Ask questions, get advice, it's up to you. No registration and no … [Read more...]

Primary Source Review: February 2019

Find all the fabulous primary sources and teaching ideas shared February 2019 by @PSNTPS from the TPS-Barat Primary Source Nexus, the Library of Congress, the House, the Senate, the World Digital Library, teachers and students in the classroom, and more! We’ve got Civics, History, ELA and STEAM resources—for immediate access to all of these, simply follow @PSNTPS on Twitter. … [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...]

Primary Source Review: January 2019

Find all the fabulous primary sources and teaching ideas shared January 2019 by @PSNTPS from the TPS-Barat Primary Source Nexus, the Library of Congress, the House, the Senate, the World Digital Library, teachers and students in the classroom, and more! We’ve got Civics, History, ELA and STEAM resources—for immediate access to all of these, simply follow @PSNTPS on Twitter. … [Read more...]

Integrating Technology: Story Maps

Story Maps are immersive web applications that tell the incredible stories of the Library’s collections through narrative, multimedia, and interactive maps. The story maps are created within a Geographic Information Systems (GIS)-based software platform created by Esri. Story Maps are chock full of primary sources, including photographs, illustrations, texts, newspaper articles, and even maps. “I find story maps to be a twenty-first-century tool for a twenty-first-century library,” said … [Read more...]

TPS Spotlight: Regional Programs

There are three regions that fall under the TPS National program: Western Region, Midwest Region, Eastern Region. The TPS Regional program promotes the widespread, sustained and effective use of primary sources from the Library of Congress in K-12 classrooms by increasing access to the TPS program. Through this effort, hundreds of organizations from all 50 states, and the District of Columbia have enhanced their programming for educators. School districts, universities, cultural … [Read more...]

Looking Back: Top Content of 2018

TPS-Barat was happy to be able to provide another year of great content highlighting Library of Congress primary sources and strategies and ideas for teaching with primary sources. In 2018 we added 31 Citizen U lessons to our offerings. Citizen U integrates inquiry-based civics across core curriculum disciplines—English-language arts, math, science, and social studies—in elementary, middle school, and high school grades. Below we link to our top 40 content for 2018. But, remember, there is so … [Read more...]