This process of observing, of reflecting on observations along with prior knowledge, and of generating questions about a primary source is valuable in itself. It also can serve as a springboard into further research.
Reflecting on related primary sources can provide students with a fun way to employ mathematical thinking to understand the history of sports such as baseball up to the present day.
As mentioned in my previous blog post, I am one of 40 Junior Fellows at the Library of Congress this summer, and I have been working on researching women in baseball and updating the Library’s primary source set for educators on baseball.
During an event as large and disruptive as World War I, individuals, organizations, and governments had to make difficult choices between competing societal needs. Examining sports pages from WWI-era newspapers provides an intriguing look at the interplay between celebrity, public entertainment, and wartime needs.
Did you know that “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” originally had extra stanzas beyond the ones we all know? When it was composed in 1908 by Albert Von Tilzer and lyricist Jack Norworth, it documented the story of Katie Casey, a baseball fan who wanted to go with her beau to the baseball game. Though there were certainly women who were knowledgeable about their favorite teams, it was expected that women would not want to go to the games and would prefer to be safe at home.
As the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros square off in the 2019 World Series, you and your students can visit the Library of Congress online to explore how the game has evolved.
Football tends to be on students’ minds this time of year. What can they discover about football and American history through Library of Congress primary sources? An entertaining fictional film available on the Library’s National Screening Room can lead students to discover a football legend from the early twentieth century.
2018 was a banner year for additions to the Library’s online resources. Here is a list of a few new resources you may want to explore or share with your students.
As the school year gets underway, we’d like to welcome old friends and new to another year of the Teaching with the Library of Congress blog!
In my time at the Library of Congress as a Junior Fellow, I have learned so much from many different people. Being placed in the Library’s Educational Outreach office was incredible because I was able to learn from a unique set of educators.