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.
Learn how to get started with an easy-to-use tool to guide students through primary source analysis.
The Library of Congress has many resources related to the experiences and contributions of Native Americans to our nation. As you examine these images, songs, texts, and recordings, you might consider: How many of the items were created by Native Americans? How many were created about Native Americans?
Harper Lee’s tale of conflict in a small Alabama town is a perennial favorite with teachers. The Library’s lesson plan “To Kill a Mockingbird: A Historical Perspective”, which uses photos and oral histories from the Library’s collections, has always been fairly popular.
This lesson plan has always been fairly popular. But in the past month, something unusual has happened.
Though television and the Internet bring images of war into the home, many students might not be aware of the day-to-day experiences of those who have fought on the front lines. A great way to help expose students to these stories is through the Veterans History Project from the Library of Congress.
The Ask a Librarian feature on the Library’s Web site puts you in touch with Library staff—including me—and is an excellent place to turn for information you can’t find elsewhere on the Library’s site.
“There are millions of primary sources online at the Library of Congress! Where do I start?” is a common question from K-12 educators. Get some answers in this brief intro to the Library of Congress Teachers Page.
Register to attend the Library of Congress Exploring the Early Americas Teacher Institutes in Washington, D.C. Participants will leave with strategies and materials they can use in their schools.
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.”
Now you can bring Library of Congress artifacts and experts into your classroom! Short (less than three minutes) videos about some of the Library’s “hidden treasures,” created in partnership with HISTORY, feature Library curators briefly describing each item and its importance in history.