UCF Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Memucan Hunt, half-length portrait, three-quarters to the right. Source: www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2004663996 Nez Perce men, posed before transport to the Indian Territories, probably taken in Montana,1877.  Source: hdl.loc.gov/loc.award/wauaipn.image.870 Walt Whitman, half-length portrait, seated, facing left, wearing hat and sweater, holding butterfly. Source: hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b24247 Alice Paul, full-length portrait, standing, facing left, raising glass with right hand. Source: memory.loc.gov/ammem/vfwhtml/vfwhome.html
Memucan Hunt, half-length portrait, three-quarters to the right
New Science Primary Source Sets from the Library of Congress: Weather Forecasting and Scientific Data

From a centuries-old barometer to a twenty-first century climate map, from diagrams of optical phenomena drawn by Isaac Newton to forest-health charts created by West Virginia volunteers, two new primary source sets from the Library of Congress provide rich opportunities to explore the scope and nature of scientific endeavor.

These two new sets, Weather Forecasting and Scientific Data: Observing, Recording, and Communicating Information, each include primary sources from the collections of the Library of Congress, together with background information and teaching suggestions.

Weather Forecasting takes a look at attempts to understand and predict the weather across the centuries, and includes early weather equipment, newspaper debates on the impact of forecasting, and notes by amateur weather watchers George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.

Scientific Data: Observing, Recording, and Communicating Information brings together examples of the many different ways scientists have used words, numbers, and drawings to record and communicate their efforts to make sense of the natural world. Reports, maps, notes, letters, and sketches from thinkers as wide-ranging as Robert Hooke, John James Audubon, Alexander Graham Bell, and Eadweard Muybridge help showcase scientists’ efforts to document their investigations, as well as offering glimpses into the nature of science.
Please explore these rich new sets, and let us know what you discover.

Read All About It: A New Teacher’s Guide to Analyzing Newspapers

Teaching with the Library of Congress is excited to announce an addition to the Library’s suite of Teacher’s Guides for working with primary sources!

You may already be familiar with these format-specific sets of analysis prompts for photographs, maps, cartoons, manuscripts, music and more. Now there’s one especially for working with newspapers. Pair this guide with the printable or online primary source analysis tool to guide students into deeper analysis and reflection of primary sources from the online collections of rich historical primary sources from the Library of Congress.

Compiled in collaboration with the Library’s newspaper experts, these prompts can help students use typical features of newspapers:

  • Headlines for main ideas and language of the time,
  • Visual elements, such as photographs, drawings, and cartoons,
  • Reports on related events, and
  • Dates to help establish context.

In addition to the questions, the teacher’s guide suggests followup activity ideas at three levels of complexity to help students think more deeply about headlines, layout choices, and varying perspectives across time or location.

This guide is especially well suited for analyzing newspaper articles and pages from Chronicling America. Chronicling America provides free and open access to more than 10 million pages of historic American newspapers selected by memory institutions in 38 states and territories so far. These states participate in the National Digital Newspaper Program, a joint program of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress, selecting and digitizing historic newspapers published between 1836 and 1922 in their own state for aggregation at the Library of Congress. Read more about it at www.loc.gov/ndnp.

Library Announces Interactive Student Discovery Series for Tablets
Sets Cover the Constitution, Symbols of the U.S., Immigration, Dust Bowl, Harlem Renaissance and the Cosmos

The new Library of Congress Student Discovery Sets bring together historical artifacts and one-of-a-kind documents on a wide range of topics, from history to science to literature. Interactive tools let students zoom in for close examination, draw to highlight interesting details and make notes about what they discover.

The first six Student Discovery Sets are available now for the iPad, and can be downloaded for free on iBooks. These sets cover the U.S. Constitution, Symbols of the United States, Immigration, the Dust Bowl, the Harlem Renaissance, and Understanding the Cosmos.

The sets are designed for students, providing easy access to open-ended exploration. A Teacher’s Guide for each set, with background information, teaching ideas` and additional resources, is one click away on the Library’s website for teachers, www.loc.gov/teachers.

Civil Rights Webinar Recordings are Available

The Library of Congress and Teaching Tolerance are collaborating on a series of one hour webinars around the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The recording of the first of the series, “Civil Rights and Analyzing Images,” conducted on January 22nd, is available to view (registration required).

Each webinar, February 19th, March 19th, & April 16th, will take place at 4 pm ET. Go to bit.do/civilrights for registration information.

The Library of Congress Summer Teacher Institutes

Immerse yourself in the practice of teaching with primary sources from the unparalleled collections of Library of Congress this summer. Apply to attend a week-long professional development program for K-12 educators in the nation’s capital.

In 2015, the Library will offer five Institute weeks:

  • Open sessions (any subject area): June 22-26, July 6-10 or July 27-31
  • Science focus: July 20-24
  • Civil rights focus: August 3-7

Application Deadline: March 24th, 2015