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Teacher Webinar Tuesday, January 13: Primary Sources in the Science Classroom

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Drawing by Alexander Graham Bell, 1876
Drawing by Alexander Graham Bell, 1876

This post is by Meg Steele, who works with K-12 educators at the Library of Congress.

Using historical primary sources – documents created at the time under study – in science can propel teaching and learning about the nature of science, the practices of real life scientists, the impact of science on society and culture, and more.

In this one-hour webinar, January 13th at 4pm EST, participants will experience how an inquiry-driven analysis of a single primary source from the Library of Congress collections can engage students, pull out key science concepts, and build literacy skills.

Education experts from the Library will share additional examples from different science disciplines and primary source formats like photographs, maps, and letters. Participants will be invited to make connections to their own teaching and learn how to access student and teacher tools for primary source analysis from and tips for searching to find primary sources to use in their own classrooms.

Registration and links to archived recordings are available here. For those unable to join the webinar live, the recording is available here.

Illustrated Manual of Medical Plants
Illustrated Manual of Medical Plants 1830-1844

Legs of dissected frogs, and various metallic apparatus, 1793
Legs of dissected frogs, and various metallic apparatus, 1793

Cartoon. The cow-pock - or - the wonderful effects of the new inoculation
The cow-pock – or – the wonderful effects of the new inoculation, 1802




  1. please inform me of what is available besides the webinar. thank you l.northern

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