What’s New on the Teachers Site of the Library of Congress? Fall 2022 Edition

Image of chart with word in cursive with picture of item next to word. Also includes cursive upper and lower case versions of cursive letters

School and family charts; writing; drawing; elementary, geometrical and perspective. Harper & Brothers, 1890

Chart of words with related pictures to help with reading

School and family charts:elementary; familiar objects represented by word and pictures. Harper & Brothers, c1890.

As another school year starts, here are some highlights and new resources for teachers from the Library of Congress.

This summer, a variety of natural disasters have taken place around the world. The new Natural Disasters Primary Source Set highlights a number of natural disasters from around the United States over the years. This set can serve as a starting point for discussions on the impact of natural disasters in history, climate science, or community response and involvement.

Another recent addition is a primary source set on Transportation. This set will help students learn about different means of transportation, how they have changed over time, its impact on particular communities, and the effect of transportation on the development of the United States.

In addition to primary sources, the sets include teaching ideas and links to other resources that can enhance classroom activities on these topics.

If you are a civics teacher, make sure to check out the online interactives created by some of our Teaching with Primary Sources partners. They provide creative ways to engage students and help them learn about civics and government. And the interactives are free to use!

Regular readers of this blog–and we hope that includes you!–may have noticed that, during the summer, our regular slate of blog contributors is enhanced by interns and fellows who explore the Library’s collections and contribute posts on content that might be easy to miss. This year, interns contributed posts on:

You can also learn about the Library of Congress Literacy Awards and the story map that has been created to help you learn more about the winners and honorees.

In the next few weeks we will introduce our new Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow, Teacher in Residence, and more upcoming programs and new resources from the Teachers site.

What sorts of resources and topics would you like to see on the Teachers site? Let us know in the comments.

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