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Springing Into Primary Sources

Published on Fri, 03/29/2013

Spring flowers from Currier and Ives from the Library of Congress
Spring flowers from Currier and Ives from the Library of Congress
Spring is here and with it comes an array of workshops across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as part of our Teaching with Primary Sources program. Each workshop focuses on an inquiry-based strategy for using the rich resources available for free on the Library of Congress website to teach critical thinking skills based in the Common Core State Standards. Here is a look at what we’ll be up to in the coming months:

Lessons in Motion: Using Audio, Video and Images from the Library of Congress (K-12 Teachers)

This workshop focuses on highlighting the wide array of multimedia gems available online at the Library of Congress and developing strategies for using them in the classroom to advance content area literacy and Common Core skills.
  • August 9 (8:30am to 3pm) at the Collaborative for Educational Services in Northampton (Massachusetts)



Self-Evident Truths: Persuasive Writing and the Common Core

This workshop focuses on using primary sources from the Revolutionary and Constitutional Period in American History to teach persuasive writing in Grades 3-8, providing proven practical strategies, resources and tools to make this difficult topic engaging and interesting.
  • May 4 (9am-3:30pm) and May 14 and 16 (4-7pm) at The Educational Collaborative, Dedham, MA
  • August 7 (8:30am to 3pm) at the Collaborative for Educational Services in Northampton (Massachusetts)



Resistance and Rebellion in American History

We welcome four outstanding scholars to our program this year to look at the tension between a dominant authority and those who would resist the blanket of oppression over them. At the Kickoff session for this program, we will look at primary sources available through the Library of Congress relating to the weekly topics: slave resistance and rebellion; Native American resistance; the Women's Movement; and the tense relationship between the U.S. and Cuba over the past 100 years. We will look at using these primary sources to teach critical thinking and Common Core skills.
  • June 27 through August 1 (9am to 3:30pm)



Email us if you have any questions, are interested in any of these workshops, or if you would like to have us develop a workshop for your school or district!

Rich Cairn

Civics and Social Studies Curriculum and Instruction Specialist, Collaborative for Educational Services
Rich Cairn founded Emerging America in 2006, which features the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources program at the Collaborative for Educational Services, and the National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks of American History program, "Forge of Innovation: The Springfield Armory and the Genesis of American Industry." The Accessing Inquiry clearinghouse, supported by the Library of Congress TPS program promotes full inclusion of students with disabilities and English Learners in civics and social studies education.