Identifying and reflecting on multiple perspectives can help students develop a more rounded, nuanced understanding of history.
Driven by a sense of urgency in documenting aspects of American life that are disappearing, such as barns, lighthouses, motor courts, and eclectic roadside art, photographer Carol Highsmith has donated her work to the Library of Congress since 1992. The images, recording current scenes and historical remnants of rural, urban, and small town life, are worthy of study. The project might also inspire students to document and preserve that which makes their own communities unique.
Teachers can help their students explore these moments and many more using the Library’s newest primary source set, World War I. This set brings together primary sources that document a war that was like no other, and that brought about tremendous political, social, and technological changes.
What better way for young students to learn about three early presidents than to explore documents from the time period – including letters, school work, diagrams and drawings created by the men themselves?
Looking for ideas on how to help students understand this important event? These Library of Congress blogs provide links to resources on the presidential inaugurations and the activities that surround it.
As the nation prepares to inaugurate the 45th person to hold this high office, explore the Library’s inauguration presentation for teachers to learn more about this historic event.
@TeachingLC is a powerful tool for the Library’s education team in many ways. Most obviously, it lets us share unique primary sources and teacher resources from the Library on a timely basis. But it also serves as a venue for teachers to give us feedback, exchange ideas, and share the discoveries that they make with their students.
One highlight of the National Book Festival is the opportunity to talk with so many teachers about the Library’s program for K-12 educators. On Saturday we were able to meet more than 120 teachers and school librarians and tell them about the Library’s amazing online collections of primary sources, and about the teacher resources available at loc.gov/teachers. Learning from teachers is an important part of our program, and we’re grateful that the National Book Festival provides a venue for us to exchange ideas with educators from around the country.
We know that 2011-2013 Teacher in Residence Earnestine Sweeting is bringing her skills to teachers in her school district as an Instructional Coach. She left behind a number of outstanding blog posts.
Here are a few of Tom Bober’s Multimedia Moments: