I’m delighted to introduce the Library of Congress 2011-2012 Teacher in Residence, Earnestine Sweeting to the readers of this blog.
One of the things that makes teaching with primary sources wonderful is that they document what was happening at the time being studied. However, this is also why they can be problematic.
Many cultures celebrate the end of the autumn harvest season. Use primary sources from the Library to help your students understand what life is like for the people who bring in the crops.
Alan Lomax and the staff from the Radio Research Project, a program sponsored by the Library of Congress to collect the stories of Americans from many walks of life, spread out around the United States to record comments about the Pearl Harbor bombing and the United States’ entry into World War II.
What is the price of success? Inventors often stake their reputations and personal fortunes on their creations, but Orville and Wilbur Wright risked physical harm as well.
The familiar imagery of Thanksgiving has been put to many different uses over the years. Let your students explore how one cartoonist used the holiday to make points about President Theodore Roosevelt. Some of your students may only know TR as one of the characters in a popular movie about a museum that comes to life at night. Consider using this cartoon to introduce students to some key facts about this larger-than-life figure in American history and the times in which he lived.
Learn how to get started with an easy-to-use tool to guide students through primary source analysis.
The Library of Congress has many resources related to the experiences and contributions of Native Americans to our nation. As you examine these images, songs, texts, and recordings, you might consider: How many of the items were created by Native Americans? How many were created about Native Americans?
Harper Lee’s tale of conflict in a small Alabama town is a perennial favorite with teachers. The Library’s lesson plan “To Kill a Mockingbird: A Historical Perspective”, which uses photos and oral histories from the Library’s collections, has always been fairly popular.
This lesson plan has always been fairly popular. But in the past month, something unusual has happened.
Though television and the Internet bring images of war into the home, many students might not be aware of the day-to-day experiences of those who have fought on the front lines. A great way to help expose students to these stories is through the Veterans History Project from the Library of Congress.