Welcome Back to Teaching with the Library of Congress!

Students analyze images from the online collections of the Library of Congress

As the sun returns to its untroubled transit of the nation’s skies and educators return to the nation’s classrooms and school libraries, we are delighted to launch another year of ideas and conversation at Teaching with the Library of Congress! This blog supports teachers and school librarians in the effective use of the Library’s resources, and we hope you’ll find it a source of inspiration in your work.

The Library’s online collections of primary sources offer students countless opportunities for exploration, and can help them build their critical thinking skills and support them as they create new knowledge. The Library’s program for K-12 educators offers teaching tools and professional development that support this work, all available for free at our portal for educators.

You can also find resources for teachers on the Library’s YouTube channel, and via our Twitter account for teachers, @TeachingLC.

This year on Teaching with the Library of Congress, we look forward to introducing the Library’s new Teacher in Residence, continuing our series of posts on information literacy, announcing a number of new teacher resources, and showcasing new online collections and new initiatives from the Library.

Here are some posts with activities you can use right away!

Remember that you can use the “Search this blog” box for keyword searches of our past posts. We have several years’ worth of posts archived, so there’s a good chance we’ll have published something of interest to you.

We’d love to hear your ideas as well, and hope you’ll share your thoughts with us in the comments section of the blog. We hope you and your students have a rewarding year, and we hope to hear from you soon.


Civil War Photography: New Technologies and New Uses, a Teacher Primary Source Set from the Library of Congress

Can you imagine a photograph made of metal? A picture book made with egg whites? A wood-and-glass device that lets you see 3-D images? In the 1850s and 1860s, these were all cutting-edge photographic technologies. The Library’s newest primary source set, “Civil War Photography: New Technologies and New Uses,” immerses students in the new methods and formats that emerged in the decades around the war.