Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Put primary sources in your students’ hands


     The Library of Congress is offering a free resource called a Student Discovery Set.  These sets combine historical artifacts and documents on a wide range of topics.  There are 6 sets available and are a free download to iBooks.
Interactive tools allow students to zoom, draw/highlight and conduct open-ended primary source analysis.  Teaching resources are also available for each set.
     Topics covered are:

extract from the U.S. ConstitutionThe Constitution

The drafts and debates that brought the Constitution and the Bill of Rights into being, including notes by the documents’ framers.

Migrant pea pickerThe Dust Bowl

Songs, maps, and iconic photographs document the daily ordeals of rural migrant families during a disastrous decade.

Langston HughesThe Harlem Renaissance

Discover some of the innovative thinkers and creative works that contributed to the cultural movement known as the Harlem Renaissance.

Immigrants looking out over waterImmigration

The immigrant experience in America from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in primary sources.

Betsy Ross sewing the U.S. flagSymbols of the United States

Watch six well-known symbols of the U.S. change over the centuries. Especially for early grades.

planet earth with the moon and starsUnderstanding the Cosmos

Astronomers’ depictions of the universe, from before Copernicus to after photography.


To get these resources click on the link:   http://www.loc.gov/teachers/student-discovery-sets/


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