Looking for ways to celebrate libraries and National Library Week using Library of Congress primary sources? Here are some suggestions.
April 1 is an appropriate day for remembering that, even though primary sources are a powerful teaching tool, they can also fool you.
The Library of Congress Summer Institute taught me a new and surprising lesson about what primary sources offer to any curriculum, including my AP Psychology classes.
Do you have students who love winter sports? The upcoming winter Olympics will provide lots of opportunities to watch intense competition and celebrate the glorious triumphs of the athletes. Why not engage students’ energy and interest with Library of Congress primary source items related to both historical winter Olympic teams and winter sports?
The article highlights a number of images from the early 20th century that the National Child Labor Committee used in their campaign to abolish child labor, including photographs by Lewis Hine. Although today these dramatic photos are often viewed as art objects, the NCLC used them as tools–as persuasive elements that would help them make their case against child labor in the public sphere and in the halls of Congress.
History and images have a complex relationship. Many turning points in history passed with no one there to record them. Others are so thoroughly documented that it can be difficult to find the unique human stories beneath the clouds of images that surround them.
Many teachers who read the Teaching with the Library of Congress blog can probably tell a story of finding the perfect primary source at just the right time to ensure a brilliant teaching moment. Unfortunately, teachers more often spend hours painstakingly searching for promising primary sources to fit the curriculum and engage students. Hours, that is, until a Teachers Page Primary Source Set comes to their rescue!
Think of the last video you watched that made you laugh. Does the video capture someone taking a fall, misspeaking or getting caught doing something they shouldn’t?
Do you use photographs in the classroom? Here are some great resources for you from the Library of Congress.
What is Flag Day? It’s a great opportunity to help students discover the history and meaning of an important national symbol.