Teaching with the Library of Congress
Primary source sets from the Library’s online collections, as well as teaching skills.
Teacher's Guides and Analysis Tool: Examining primary sources gives students a powerful sense of history and the complexity of the past. Helping students analyze primary sources can also guide them toward higher-order thinking and better critical thinking and analysis skills. Free tools and guides are ready to use in the classroom. Library of Congress Educational Outreach.
Primary Source Set for Teachers - American Authors in the Nineteenth Century: Whitman, Dickinson, Longfellow, Stowe, and Poe -- Primary sources exploring the topic of American authors in the nineteenth century, including Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Edgar Allan Poe. Library of Congress Educational Outreach.
Primary Source Set for Teachers - Baseball: Across a Divided Society -- Song sheets, video clips, images, trading cards, and photographs tell the story of how baseball emerged as the American national pastime. Featured primary source items show Americans from different backgrounds and social experiences embracing the sport. Library of Congress Educational Outreach.
Primary Source Set for Teachers - The Civil War: The Nation Moves Towards War, 1850-61 -- Conflict between abolition and slavery marked the 1850s, preceding the election of 1860 and the attack on Fort Sumter. The Kansas-Nebraska Act, Dred Scott, Harriet Beecher Stowe, John Brown, and secession in maps, newspapers, political cartoons and song sheets. Library of Congress Educational Outreach.
Primary Source Set for Teachers - The Constitution: Newspaper articles, notes, and original documents trace the process of drafting and adopting the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Speeches and song lyrics show how later generations used and interpreted the original ideals of the United States. Library of Congress Educational Outreach.
Immigration: Challenges for New Americans -- Photographs, maps detailing immigration patterns, official documents, song sheets and streaming audio recount the immigrant experience in America, their reasons for leaving their homelands, and the reactions of established Americans. Library of Congress Educational Outreach.
Primary Source Set for Teachers - The Inventive Wright Brothers: Wilbur and Orville Wright went from repairing bicycles to inventing the airplane. Photographs, newspapers articles, personal letters and telegrams, and official army documents record their experiences and their experiments. Library of Congress Educational Outreach.
Primary Source Set for Teachers - Jim Crow in America: After the Civil War, most Southern states limited the economic and physical freedom of former slaves by enacting laws that came to be called Jim Crow laws. This primary source set presents popular views on, and the causes and effects of, these laws. Library of Congress Educational Outreach.
Primary Source Set for Teachers - Maps From The World Digital Library: Explore maps from different cultures and eras to discover diverse perspectives on the world's geography. All the items in this set are from the World Digital Library, a project that makes available significant primary materials from countries and cultures around the world. Library of Congress Educational Outreach.