The Library of Congress offers classroom materials and professional development to help teachers effectively use primary sources from the Library's vast digital collections in their teaching.
Find Library of Congress lesson plans and more that meet Common Core standards, state content standards, and the standards of national organizations.
Student Discovery Sets
Free ebooks for primary source exploration
American Authors in the Nineteenth Century: Whitman, Dickinson, Longfellow, Stowe, and Poe
Primary Source Sets
Idea Book for Educators
The Civil Rights Act of 1964
Women's Suffrage: Their Rights and Nothing Less
Civil War Soldiers’ Portraits: The Liljenquist Family Collection
Primary Source Sets
Presentations and Activities
The Great Gatsby: Primary Sources from the Roaring Twenties
Discover and discuss ways to bring the power of Library of Congress primary sources into the classroom.
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Using Primary Sources
The Teaching with Primary Sources Program builds partnerships with educational organizations to support effective instruction using primary sources. TPS partners deliver Library of Congress professional development locally.
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The Teaching with Primary Sources Journal
The TPS Journal is an online publication created by the Library of Congress Educational Outreach Division in collaboration with the TPS Educational Consortium.
Read The TPS Journal
The Library of Congress provides primary source-based, ready-to-use resources for teachers and facilitators:
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Student Discovery Sets – Free Ebooks
Put primary sources in your students’ hands with these free ebooks. Interactive tools let students zoom in, draw to highlight details, and conduct open-ended primary source analysis.
Two 2015-16 Teacher-in-Residence Positions Available
One K-12 educator to focus on the Library’s science collections and one on the audio-visual collections.
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