Welcome back to the classroom, and welcome back to Teaching with the Library of Congress! Are you looking for powerful ways to incorporate primary sources into your classroom activities? Here are a few blog posts that will supply some ideas you can use.
When I talk to teachers, it's clear that one thing has not changed since I left the classroom: teachers are always looking for ideas to increase learning opportunities. Even better if those ideas are quick and easy to implement!
Folklife - songs, stories, jokes, crafts, and dances which have been handed down from generation to generation - are the unwritten history of the American people, and they help us understand what it is like to belong to a group, whether that group is a family, an ethnic group, a regional group, or a group of workers in the same occupation.
Currently I am working on the Library's rare American children's books. This is particularly rewarding work for me because children's literature is such an excellent window into the priorities and values of a time and place.
Recently I updated our guide to World War I materials, which contains links to online photographs, documents, newspapers, films, sheet music, and sound recordings from the war. With the centennial of the U.S. entry into WWI approaching, I expect that the WWI guide will be particularly useful for teachers and students.