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Teachers examine a photograph from the Library's collections

Teachers examine a photograph from the Library’s collections

As the nation’s educators prepare for–or begin–the new school year, we welcome you to another year of the Teaching with the Library of Congress blog!

This blog supports teachers and school librarians as they teach with primary sources, particularly those from the rich online collections of the Library. Our posts cover a wide range of disciplines, spotlighting powerful items from the collections as well as sharing teaching strategies from our staff and many partners. Whether you’re focused on science, history, literature, civics, informational text, the Common Core State Standards, or inquiry, you’ll find helpful ideas and engaging conversation here.

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Soldiers’ Poems of World War I in Newspapers: Personal Responses in Public Media

How can you share your response to a major world event? In the 19th and early 20th centuries, you might have put your thoughts down in a poem and sent it to a newspaper. The 1918 entry of the United States into World War I triggered an especially dramatic outpouring of these personal responses in verse.

The Spanish Missions in Texas

Along the San Antonio River, you can find these gothic and Romanesque style buildings which house a rich history for Hispanic Americans all over the world. Studying these missions using primary sources from the Library of Congress is one way to help students learn about some of the contributions of Hispanics in America.

The Library of Congress at ASCD, March 24-26

Are you heading to the ASCD annual conference in Philadelphia?  The Library’s K-12 education specialists will be in the exhibit hall in booth 803. Come visit us and learn more about the Library’s professional development opportunities and online resources for teachers, suggest ideas for blog topics, or just drop by to say hello.