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Start the School Year with Library of Congress Teacher Resources

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The Library's Web site for teachers,
The Library’s Web site for teachers,

It may not feel much like fall in most of the U.S., but even in the absence of autumn leaves, school doors are opening and educators are preparing for–or beginning–a new year of teaching.

In that spirit, we’d like to welcome you to another year of teaching using primary sources from the online collections of the Library of Congress! The Library offers millions of primary sources for free to all on its Web site,, and its education program supports teachers as they use these powerful items effectively in the classroom.

As you plan for the coming year, we invite to explore our teacher resources and to watch for some exciting developments that we have in the works.

  • The Library of Congress Teachers page provides ready-to-use classroom materials and professional development that support teaching with the Library’s online collections.
  • The Library’s Student Discovery Sets are a dozen free interactive ebooks for iPads that let students examine and annotate primary sources.
  • Our archive of professional development webinars provides an easy way to discover instructional strategies for working with our primary sources.
  • The Library will hold its first online conference for teachers on October 27th and 28th, from 4 to 8 PM. Watch for more details!
  • The Library publishes recurring features in the journals of the National Council on the Social Studies, the National Science Teachers Association, and the National Association for Music Education.
Students analyzing Library of Congress primary sources
Students analyzing Library of Congress primary sources

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  1. HI Colleagues,
    I am an 8th grade social studies teacher in western PA and we are trying to recreate our TDAs (text dependent analysis) writing components. I am curious if anyone has some examples that you wouldn’t mind sharing w/me. My focus is on American History– Pre-Rev- Industrial Revolution ( turn of the century) Thanks for you help.

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