Don’t forget that the National Book Festival is this coming Saturday at the Washington Convention Center. Events start at 10am and continue until 10pm.
September highlights include the signing of the Panama Canal Treaty and Neutrality Treaty and the first celebration of Labor Day in the United States of America.
In honor of National Poetry Month we decided to introduce you to Peter Armenti of the Digital Reference Team. You may have seen some of Peter’s work in the Library of Congress Blog, “From the Catbird Seat” where he highlights poetry resources from the Library’s collections.
But writing poetry—writing a stream of words, with letters of various sizes, with exclamation points and question marks—allows me to capture my emotions better than neatly composed prose does.
Timelines are timesavers for busy teachers, and the Teaching with the Library of Congress blog has highlighted some. The Teachers page offers even more, and the busy start of school seems like an auspicious time to point out a few.
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.