Primary sources from the online collections of the Library of Congress can be powerful instructional tools. Analyzing these photos, films, maps, and audio recordings can help students engage with content, build their critical thinking skills, and construct knowledge.
What’s the most frustrating part of teaching with primary sources? They’re often incomplete and have little context. What’s the most rewarding part of teaching with primary sources? They’re often incomplete and have little context.
The good news is that the Library of Congress is working to make its digitized resources accessible and useful to all teachers, no matter what classroom technology they have available. And with millions of digitized items, it is important to select primary sources that are high quality.
Working with historians-in-training? Here are tips for selecting engaging primary sources that students can place in historical context.
Hook your students with historic sights and sounds that are close to home: Primary Sources by State.
Having trouble choosing that perfect primary source for your lesson? Here are some tips to get you started!
How can we help students develop close observation skills?
Want to incorporate newspapers into your classroom activities? Look no further than Chronicling America.
How are primary sources impacting teachers? Hear from our 2011 Library of Congress Teacher Institute participants.