The Constitution is an inspirational document, but it’s also something else: a blueprint. When adopted in 1787, the Constitution was meant to be the plan for a new national government, and it carefully outlines procedures for electing representatives, paying the president, and creating laws. This Constitution Day, we can look back at some of the […]
The education team at the Library of Congress is pleased to announce that we will host a new professional development webinar on Constitution Day resources. The event will be held at 7:00 p.m. EDT on September 5, 2013, and you can register here. The hour-long program will start with an analysis of a primary source […]
The Preamble to the U.S. Constitution is well known to many Americans. But the meaning of those 52 words, and the original intent of the delegates to the Constitutional Convention of 1787, are still widely studied and debated.
On September 17 we take a moment to celebrate the signing of the United States Constitution. This year also take a moment to celebrate the man who is considered the “Father of the Constitution,” James Madison.
Looking for a Constitution Day activity? Have students zoom in on actual draft documents to learn what’s behind the main ideas in the Constitution. They’re sure to discover some intriguing changes along the way.
July highlights include the assassination of President James Garfield and the ratification of the 14th Amendment of the United States Constitution…
Primary sources can help students explore just how controversial voting rights were in the century preceding the Act.
This post was written by Uhuru Flemming of the Library of Congress. Many teachers like to include mini-lessons or bell-ringers about “this day in history.” The Library of Congress offers two resources that recount what happened on a particular day using the Library’s collections of digitized primary sources: Jump Back in Time (introductory) and Today […]
Today’s post comes to us from Neme Alperstein, who teaches fifth grade in New York City. Neme is also a longtime teacher advisor to the Library of Congress and received the NASA Excellence in Teaching Award, 2010. She reflects on her experiences teaching with primary sources. What do you teach, and where? I teach fifth […]
Welcome to a new school year, and welcome back to this blog! At Teaching with the Library of Congress, we’re dedicated to helping teachers discover and share great Library of Congress primary sources and strategies for using them in the classroom. Primary sources have great instructional power, and are increasingly important in standards, including the […]