New Library of Congress Ebooks: Japanese American Internment, Women’s Suffrage, and Political Cartoons

Batch3ebooksWhat would it be like to hold history in your hands? To leaf through the pages of a suffragist’s scrapbook? To scrutinize a political cartoon published by Benjamin Franklin? To hear a decorated veteran speak to you about what it was like to live in a detention camp in his own country?

The Library of Congress is providing students everywhere with a chance to touch, draw on, and explore treasures from its vast collections with the release of its three newest free interactive ebooks for tablets.

These Student Discovery Sets gather unique documents and artifacts related to landmark moments in the nation’s history and, through interactive tools, let students zoom in on, illustrate, and makes notes about what they discover. The newest sets cover Political Cartoons and Public Debates, Japanese American Internment, and Women’s Suffrage.

The objects in the Student Discovery Sets are primary sources: items created by eyewitnesses to history. From Ansel Adams’s compelling photos of internment camps to eighteenth-century cartoons to the songs of suffrage activists, these maps, booklets, posters, cartoons, and iconic images immerse students in history, culture, and science and give them the power to explore.

The Library’s latest Student Discovery Sets are available now for the iPad, and can be downloaded for free on iBooks. They join nine previously published sets on the U.S. Constitution, Symbols of the United States, Immigration, the Dust Bowl, the Harlem Renaissance, Understanding the Cosmos, the Industrial Revolution, Jim Crow and Segregation, and Children’s Lives at the Turn of the Twentieth Century.

The sets are designed for students, providing easy access to open-ended exploration. A Teacher’s Guide for each set, with background information, teaching ideas and additional resources, is one click away on the Library’s website for teachers,

If you’ve tried the Library’s Student Discovery Sets, please let us know how you’ve used them.

Celebrating Summer with Beach-Worthy Posts

Those of us at the Library who work in education are celebrating the fourth anniversary of the Teaching with the Library of Congress blog.

We’re grateful for all the journeys of discovery that we’ve taken in the course of creating posts for this blog, and we’re grateful for all the co-authors and guest authors who’ve enriched its pages over the years.

Teacher Webinar May 7: English Learners, the Common Core and Primary Sources

How can time-strapped teachers find and use free resources from the online collections of the Library of Congress to support the needs of diverse learners? Join us in a webinar on Thursday, May 7, at 4 PM ET, to learn strategies “to engage students in the analysis of evidence (Common Core), increase comprehensible input (diverse learners), and promote content learning and student engagement.”

Inviting Students to Consider Possible Research Paths Suggested by Three Sources from the Late 19th Century

In the March/April 2014 issue of Social Education, the journal of the National Council for the Social Studies, our “Sources and Strategies” article described the invention of the phonograph and how it was used by the 19th century American ethnologists, Alice Cunningham Fletcher and Francis La Flesche, to record music and interviews with Omaha Indians.

Three New Ebooks from the Library of Congress: The Industrial Revolution, Jim Crow, and Children’s Lives

Walk with civil rights activists as they march against racial segregation. Pick out the details of a nineteenth-century factory. Zoom in on the faces of children at play one hundred years ago.

As teachers begin planning for the next school year, the Library of Congress invites students everywhere to touch, draw on, and explore some of its most valuable treasures–all via its three newest free interactive ebooks for tablets.

Teacher Webinar, Thursday April 23: Primary Sources and Chronicling America

Last June Teaching with the Library of Congress introduced Tonijala Penn, Digital Conversion Specialist for Chronicling America. On April 23, at 4 pm ET, she’ll join us in a webinar, so we’d like to reintroduce her. During the webinar, Library staff will model primary source teaching strategies and highlight historic newspapers available through the Chronicling […]