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Timelines for Teachers: Historical Primary Sources from the Library of Congress by Era

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Timelines are timesavers for busy teachers, and the Teaching with the Library of Congress blog has highlighted some. The Teachers page offers even more, and the busy start of school seems like an auspicious time to point out a few.

  •  Lyrical Legacy, arranged by historical era, highlights representative songs and poems from the digital collections of the Library of Congress.  Each song and poem is represented by an original primary source document, along with historical background information and, where available, sound recordings and alternate versions.

    From Slavery to Civil Rights: A Timeline of African-American History
  • From Slavery to Civil Rights: A Timeline of African-American History  introduces students to selected Library of Congress primary sources that provide an overview of African-American history.
  • Part of a larger presentation on the immigrant experience in the United States, the Immigration timeline explores the impact of selected historical events on particular immigrant groups.
  •  Making Connections Through Poetry invites students to analyze primary sources and then share their understanding through the poetry that they create. The activity includes a gallery of resources arranged by historical era.

For the past few months, we’ve published a series featuring highlights of the coming month, with links to primary sources offered in context.

One comment on an earlier post suggested printing primary sources from a timeline to create a timeline in the classroom, adding to it as students learn more. We’d welcome your ideas on how you do – or could – use timelines in your classroom.

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