The nation’s classrooms are starting to fill up, and we’d like to take the opportunity to reintroduce the Library of Congress and its teacher resources.
Primary sources are more important to teachers than ever before, and the Library of Congress makes it easy not only to find great primary sources, but also to quickly and effectively use them in your teaching.
The Library is one of the world’s largest sources of free primary sources, with more than 30 million items available via easy searching at www.loc.gov. U.S. history, English and language arts, science, world history and cultures–there are primary sources for almost every discipline.
Meanwhile, the Library’s Teachers page provides classroom materials and professional development that let teachers bring primary sources into their curriculum. Classroom-tested lesson plans, primary source sets, and professional development activities are all centered around the Library’s primary sources.
Are Common Core or other standards a part of your teaching life? The Library’s classroom materials are searchable by Common Core, state content standards, and more.
Teachers can also collaborate with Library staff in face-to-face professional development, including our summer teacher institutes.
One great way to get to know the Library is to check out this multimedia presentation: Introduction to the Library of Congress.
Another way is to start exploring, and become part of the conversation in the comments space of this blog post.
Are you already familiar with the Library’s primary sources? What are you planning to do in the upcoming school year?