This post is by Rebecca Newland, the current Library of Congress Teacher in Residence.
Walt Whitman’s “O Captain, My Captain” with comments by author, 9 February 1888
This year’s NCTE conference, Story as the Landscape of Knowing, will take place November 20-23 in the Library’s hometown, Washington, D.C. You will find us at booth number 236 in the exhibit hall Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Whether or not you can attend, check out this selection of our favorite ideas and resources for English and language arts teachers from the Teachers page from the Library of Congress.
You might start with primary source sets, one of which focuses on American Authors in the Nineteenth Century: Whitman, Dickinson, Longfellow, Stowe, and Poe.
The Library’s K-12 education team also publishes regular blog posts. Search for “poetry,” “books,” and “writing” in our blog archives, but here are a few highlights:
- Focus on specific works of literature, with posts such as this one related to controversies surrounding Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
- Take a look at this post featuring drafts of “The Ballad of Booker T.” by Langston Hughes, when studying the writing process.
- Explore the question “What is a poem?” with poet and former Librarian of Congress Archibald MacLeish’s poem “Ars Poetica,”
- Read strategies for working with informational text in historic newspapers from Chronicling America.
- Engage students in discussion about how stories connect us with National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Kate DiCamillo.
Explore poetry and literature lesson plans, and the presentation Lyrical Legacy: 400 Years of American Song and Poetry.
Find additional resources through The Center for the Book at the Library of Congress. Discover digitized classic books as well as author webcasts along with a variety of other resources including a free app for Aesop’s Fables.
This year’s NCSS Conference will take place November 21-23 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, Massachusetts. You will find us in booth number 821 on Friday, November 21st from 9am-5pm and Saturday, November 22nd from 8:30am to 5pm .
As our fourth and final blog post this fall related to the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, it seems appropriate that its theme focus on the concept of legacy. What a singer-songwriter leaves behind, from recordings, to manuscripts, to lyrics, can be thought of as their tangible legacies. The impact of his or her work, the connections listeners and concert goers make to the music, and the emotions the music inspires–these are some of the intangible legacies.
Billy Joel is the sixth Gershwin Prize Honoree, and all previous winners were also interviewed upon receipt of their awards. In each case, they too, spoke of individuals–parents, other musicians, and teachers–who inspired them or in some way influenced them.
An inquiry approach supports students as they draw on their prior knowledge, personal experiences, and critical thinking skills to develop questions that guide their learning. The process engages students because pursuing the answers to their own questions gives them direct control as they construct meaning about topics of interest. Join us for a webinar focused on strategies for taking an inquiry approach to teaching with primary sources on Tuesday, November 18, at 4 PM ET.
Have you ever wondered how to use photographs, recordings, or short films in your non-art classroom? The latest issue of the Library of Congress TPS Journal has ideas for incorporating fine and performing arts-related primary sources from the Library of Congress collections across the curriculum.
The Library of Congress has been preparing for months for a visit by a distinguished ancestor–an ancestor of the U.S. Constitution, that is.
On Tuesday, November 4, at 7 PM ET, Library education experts will expand on strategies and resources introduced in “Exploring the Legacy of Leadership Through Primary Sources: The Women’s Suffrage Movement” from National History Day’s 2014-15 Theme Book.
Learn more about the Veterans History Project (VHP) from the Library of Congress and the many ways it can be used in the classroom. Teachers who have both contributed to and taught with the rich collections of the Veterans History Project, education staff from the Library, and the VHP staff will discuss these rich resources and […]
On Tuesday, October 7, at 7 PM ET, staff from the Library will host a webinar that will engage participants in a model primary source analysis, facilitate a discussion about the power of primary sources for teaching about civil rights issues, and demonstrate how to find resources from Library of Congress.