Architecture offers a unique entry point for better understanding a historical era. Early in my career as a museum educator, I worked with professional architects and engineers to teach middle and high school students. From these experts, I learned valuable techniques for teaching with architectural drawings and photographs.
Compare the Bonus Army protests of 1932 with the “Occupy” protests that began in September 2011. What are similar and different in these protests?
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Primary sources about snow and snow-related activities can be a great starting point for studying weather, comparing current winter pastimes to those of the past, and even studying clothing and snow-removal equipment.
I’m delighted to introduce the Library of Congress 2011-2012 Teacher in Residence, Earnestine Sweeting to the readers of this blog.
One of the things that makes teaching with primary sources wonderful is that they document what was happening at the time being studied. However, this is also why they can be problematic.
Many cultures celebrate the end of the autumn harvest season. Use primary sources from the Library to help your students understand what life is like for the people who bring in the crops.
Alan Lomax and the staff from the Radio Research Project, a program sponsored by the Library of Congress to collect the stories of Americans from many walks of life, spread out around the United States to record comments about the Pearl Harbor bombing and the United States’ entry into World War II.
What is the price of success? Inventors often stake their reputations and personal fortunes on their creations, but Orville and Wilbur Wright risked physical harm as well.
The familiar imagery of Thanksgiving has been put to many different uses over the years. Let your students explore how one cartoonist used the holiday to make points about President Theodore Roosevelt. Some of your students may only know TR as one of the characters in a popular movie about a museum that comes to life at night. Consider using this cartoon to introduce students to some key facts about this larger-than-life figure in American history and the times in which he lived.