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  • Select from 15 modular activities to create and deliver your own Library of Congress professional development.
  • All materials you need to deliver are included.
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  • Deliver standards-based Teaching with Primary Sources professional development to educators.

Leaving Evidence of Our Lives

Summary

Most people produce a variety of primary sources daily. Participants will consider what primary sources they have left behind over the previous 24 hours, and how such items may be interpreted in the future.

Total time required

45 minutes

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Lincoln’s Pockets

Summary

The things we carry around with us give clues about who we are. Participants will examine the items that were in Lincoln’s pockets on the night of his assassination and discuss what might be learned from studying them.

Total time required

60 minutes

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Analyzing Photographs

Summary

After participating in a model photograph analysis, participants independently practice analyzing a photograph. The group will discuss ways to use photograph analysis in instruction.

Total time required

90 minutes

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Analyzing Sheet Music

Summary

After participating in a model analysis, participants will independently analyze printed music and discuss ways to incorporate printed music analysis into instruction.

Total time required

90 minutes

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Analyzing Maps

Summary

After participating in a model map analysis, participants independently practice analyzing a map. Finally, they will discuss ways to incorporate map analysis into instruction.

Total time required

90 minutes

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Analyzing Political Cartoons

Summary

Participants will analyze a political cartoon, discuss ways to incorporate political cartoons into instruction, and review additional classroom resources available online.

Total time required

90 minutes

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Connecting with Primary Sources

Summary

Participants select a primary source, study it and find other participant(s) with a related item. The pairs/groups discuss and report how items relate. Activity makes an excellent icebreaker.

Total time required

45 minutes

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Music as Historical Artifacts

Summary

Music can provide a deeper understanding of an era’s events. Participants will explore several pieces and discuss integrating music into curriculum.

Total time required

90 minutes

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Perception Through Photography

Summary

How does the perception of a photographer influence the composition of image? Participants will explore this question through the analysis of photographs.

Total time required

60 minutes

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Book Backdrops

Summary

Participants will be able to connect primary sources to literature through the exploration of a children’s book on Lincoln.

Total time required

180 minutes

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Overview to www.loc.gov

Summary

After exploring the main components of www.loc.gov, participants will learn how to begin a search for primary sources in the American Memory collections, and then look closely at materials designed for teachers and students.

Total time required

90 minutes

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Exploring American Treasures

Summary

After exploring the main components of www.loc.gov, participants will learn how to begin a search for primary sources in the American Memory collections, and then look closely at materials designed for teachers and students.

Total time required

60 minutes

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Understanding Copyright

Summary

Participants will practice finding copyright information for the Library’s digitized materials and learn where to find guidelines on fair use for educational purposes.

Total time required

60 minutes

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Understanding the Inquiry Process

Summary

Participants will work in groups to define the inquiry process. The facilitator will lead a discussion on the Stripling Model of Inquiry. After reading an article, participants will reflect on incorporating inquiry into their instructional setting.

Total time required

45 minutes

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Primary Sources and Inquiry

Summary

After participating in a model inquiry activity using a primary source, participants independently practice documenting their own inquiry learning while using primary sources. The group will discuss ways to create inquiry activities with primary sources.

Total time required

120 minutes

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