History is most fascinating when we feel connected to the people who lived in the past. One way to pique student interest is by using primary sources from the Library of Congress — letters, photographs, and oral histories — that document real people’s lives. The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress recently launched the Civil Rights History Project, a digitized collection of interviews with active participants in the Civil Rights movement and essays about the movement.
The Library of Congress 2014-15 educator webinar series kicks off tonight at 7:00 ET with a program about Constitution Day Resources. Join teachers and school librarians from around the country to get quick access to primary sources and teacher tools to use with your students in time for Constitution Day.
Last year the Educational Outreach Team provided a collection of primary sources that documented what we did on our summer vacation. This was such a popular post that we decided to share how we spent our summer vacations using primary sources. Enjoy this year’s adventures and hopefully get some ideas on how you might incorporate primary sources to help you learn more about your students and their interests.
In my first blog post as Teacher in Residence, I set a number of goals: to connect primary sources to literature, to create research questions to advance inquiry, and to foster library skills. I was able to meet these goals in a number of ways and to reach out to teachers and librarians with approaches to working with primary sources and teaching research skills.
Don’t forget that the National Book Festival is this coming Saturday at the Washington Convention Center. Events start at 10am and continue until 10pm.
September highlights include the signing of the Panama Canal Treaty and Neutrality Treaty and the first celebration of Labor Day in the United States of America.
The Library of Congress is not only a great library–it’s also one of the world’s richest destinations for educators seeking primary sources.
Camille found out about the Library of Congress intern program through the HACU National Internship Program. She said, “I wanted to intern with the Library of Congress because it was something that was different for me and I wanted to challenge myself.”
Kate DiCamillo, the current National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, chose the theme Stories Connect Us and it resonated with me. So did Rebecca Newland’s post on using DiCamillo’s stories and primary sources to help draw students deeper into the story.
This blog supports teachers and school librarians as they teach with primary sources, particularly those from the rich online collections of the Library. Our posts cover a wide range of disciplines, spotlighting powerful items from the collections as well as sharing teaching strategies from our staff and many partners.