Thanksgiving is a national holiday celebrated as a day of giving thanks with a robust but often misunderstood history. Though it wasn’t made a federal holiday until October 3, 1863 when President Abraham Lincoln issued an official proclamation, colonials are said to have celebrated a good harvest starting in 1621 in Plymouth. During class, have […]
October brings with it the changing of the seasons, colorful Fall landscapes, and Halloween. What better way to celebrate Halloween than to expose students to Edgar Allen Poe’s The Raven. At Read.gov, which is an extension of the Library of Congress, they have a fully readable, illustrated, digital version of The Raven published in 1884. […]
The Teaching with Primary Sources program at Metropolitan State University of Denver offers up these top 10 tools for researching with the Library of Congress.
This literacy activity is intended to help boost reading comprehension and is called Sentence, Phrase, Word. It can be adapted to be used with any piece of text, including a poem, lyrics, news article, short story, graphic novel or comic, or section from a novel. The only real limits is that the students will have to have […]
This “Thinking Like…” Organizer is meant to help students think like a professional. Many students are unaware of the inquiry process for many professionals, in this case Social Studies. This organizer helps answer these 4 questions: How does an historian think when they are given a primary source document? How does a geographer think when […]