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Teaching with the Library of Congress: Top Posts of 2013

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In his post commemorating the start of the third year of Teaching with the Library of Congress blog, Stephen Wesson wrote, “The Library’s collections continue to provide opportunities to explore and discover.” He also reminded us that the Library continues to be “a source of discovery and learning unlike any other.”

As we do at the start of each year, we take a look back at the previous year and highlight posts that received the most comments from readers and the most mentions in social media outlets. We hope this look back refreshes your memory or leads you to ideas and primary sources that you can use with your students.

Elementary students analyze maps from the Library of Congress
Elementary students analyze maps from the Library of Congress

Kindergarten Historians

The Class of 2025 demonstrated their educational readiness while engaged in analyzing primary sources from the Library of Congress.

“What I Did on My Summer Vacation” with a Primary Source Twist.

See how the education team at the Library of Congress used primary sources to connect to the places we visited and the activities we participated in this past summer.

Five Questions for Elementary Teacher Neme Alperstein

New York City teacher Neme Alperstein reflects on her experiences teaching with primary sources.

Physical Education in Library of Congress Primary Sources

Readers were surprised to see how primary sources could be used with physical education classes.

What’s the Difference Between the National Archives and the Library of Congress

Co-authored by staff from the LC and NARA, this post showed the differences between these organizations and the teacher resources offered by both.

Barcelona Pavilion study drawing
Barcelona Pavilion study drawing

Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn: Controversy at the Heart of a Classic

Use primary sources to deepen students’ thinking about the issues central to The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and other literary works.

Looking Behind the March on Washington: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Civil Rights Movement, and Labor in Primary Sources

Suggestions on using primary sources to help students learn about the March on Washington.

Welcome Back to Teaching with the Library of Congress Blog

Background on the blog, links to useful posts for new readers, and links to some of our summer round-up posts.

We hope that our blog posts continue to offer ideas for classroom activities and ways to engage students, encourage analysis, and support future exploration. Which are your favorites from 2013? What would you like us to blog about in 2014?

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