With National Poetry Month around the corner, let’s consider a very basic question: what makes a poem a poem? Noted poet and former Librarian of Congress Archibald MacLeish, considers this in his poem Ars Poetica.
How can you share your response to a major world event? In the 19th and early 20th centuries, you might have put your thoughts down in a poem and sent it to a newspaper. The 1918 entry of the United States into World War I triggered an especially dramatic outpouring of these personal responses in verse.
On September 17 we take a moment to celebrate the signing of the United States Constitution. This year also take a moment to celebrate the man who is considered the “Father of the Constitution,” James Madison.
The opening ceremony for the 2012 London Olympics is just around the corner. How will you include information about the Olympics in your classroom?
One way is to highlight a historic Olympian in lessons.
Over the past year, this blog has introduced some of the primary sources that make the Library unique, along with the teaching skills that can help teachers unlock those sources’ potential.
More than 20 million digitized primary source items present almost limitless opportunities for both exciting discovery and serious frustration. Here is the first in a short series on finding primary sources online from the Library of Congress.
Music in Our Schools encourages schools to make sure their students have access to music and the opportunity to learn and use music in their schools. The Library of Congress website has lots of resources that will help you combine music-related primary sources and other classroom activities.
Ask your students, “What national holidays have Americans traditionally celebrated in November?” and most will likely respond, “Thanksgiving.” Some may also reply, “Veterans Day.” But I would venture to guess few students, if any, would answer, “Armistice Day.”