December 19, 2018

Learning from the Source: Addressing the Gettysburg Address

This lesson may be completed in whole or in part, depending on the needs of your students and the time that you have. FOCUS QUESTION In what ways is equality a proposition, or belief, worth fighting for? LESSON OVERVIEW Students will consider whether equality is important to our democracy as they develop a deep understanding of the literary and historical value of the Gettysburg Address through a game-based close reading of the text. LESSON OBJECTIVES Analyze primary sources … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Office Boy Board Game

The curator notes for this source read: Parker Brothers produced the 1889 board game Office Boy during the heyday of Horatio Alger's popular stories of plucky lads reaching success through hard work and determination. The player can advance from stock boy to sweeping out and on to head of sales, trying to avoid carelessness, which will send him back to reprimand. The lucky winner becomes head of the firm. Write a definition of the word "plucky" using the context of the sentence and clues from … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Phrenological Delineation of His Character

Divide the characteristics listed in this source into positive and negative traits; use a dictionary to help you. Which characteristics listed do you possess? Read this short article to find out who was assassinated, or killed, by Charles Guiteau. What else did you learn from the article? Use a dictionary to discover what phrenology is. What three groups of people does Professor Otto say phrenology can surely help? Do you agree with the professor? Why or why not? More about … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: Native American Indian Perspectives

In celebration of Native American Heritage month, the Teaching with the Library of Congress blog provides some great suggestions for teaching students to view the experiences and contributions of Native American Indians from various perspectives. Links to more Native American teaching resources are listed below and you'll find even more primary source resources from around the Library via the PSN curated Native American Heritage themed link set. Lesson Plans & Activity Ideas Learning … [Read more...]