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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.

Common Core State Standards and Library of Congress Primary Sources

This is a guest post by Meg Steele, who works with K-12 teachers at the Library of Congress, and Mary J. Johnson, an educational consultant to the Library of Congress. Teachers in nearly every state are implementing the Common Core State Standards, mapping existing curriculum to the standards, and creating, revising or tweaking classroom strategies […]

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.