Here is a political cartoon from Puck Magazine celebrating the arrival of the New Year.
Puck’s greeting to the new year
Look at the post, “A Clean Sweep for the New Year” to explore ways to use political cartoons in your classroom.
May your 2014 be full of opportunities to incorporate primary sources into classroom activities.
The Snow Queen is here to remind you how the winter holidays were celebrated in the past.
January highlights include the first of over twelve million immigrants entering the United States through Ellis Island and the ratification of the Treaty of Paris…
The @TeachingLC Twitter feed for K-12 educators shares rich primary sources and teaching materials every school day. Learn about the #LCReveal, where a primary source is deconstructed and tweeted one section a day for a weeklong, classroom-ready activity.
The article highlights a number of images from the early 20th century that the National Child Labor Committee used in their campaign to abolish child labor, including photographs by Lewis Hine. Although today these dramatic photos are often viewed as art objects, the NCLC used them as tools–as persuasive elements that would help them make their case against child labor in the public sphere and in the halls of Congress.
The first printing press in the New World…The only existing copy of a documentary on the Mexican Revolution…A legal argument that used drawings of turkeys–and that won its case. These are just a few of the rich cultural artifacts featured in “A Celebration of Mexico,” a conference and display December 12-13 at the Library of Congress.
Many teachers use the Spanish-American War as an entry point to discuss the changing role of the United States in world affairs. Like the U.S., in 1898 the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico also experienced large and rapid transformations in its political and economic landscape.
The first post of this two-part series offered ten tips for filling classroom spaces with engaging primary source displays to promote systematic critical thinking. This second post lists ten ways to introduce primary sources into pedagogy. No matter your grade level or subject, the ten ideas start from this basic premise: For every lesson a primary source!
As your students look around their classroom environment, does a visually stimulating array of primary sources surround them? As a teacher, you can saturate your classroom with primary sources to promote critical thinking and inquiry.