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Civil Rights Movement in the Courts and Congress
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This unit is intended to introduce students to the Civil Rights Movement. By the end of the unit, students will understand the inequality, segregation, and discrimination that characterized America, especially the South, until the 1960’s. They will read the book To Kill a Mockingbird to establish a firmer understanding of race and justice in America prior to the Civil Rights Movement, which will deepen their understanding of why the Civil Rights Movement was necessary. Through lessons and activities, some of which are designed for individual devices, students will learn that attaining civil rights was the result of many legislative and judicial decisions that were not achieved without the cooperation of many different groups and individuals.

Subject:
Civics
English Language Arts
History
Reading Informational Text
Social Science
U.S. History
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Provider:
TPS Eastern Region
Author:
Noelle Hughes
Date Added:
12/04/2018
Cumberland, Maryland: Exploration, Encounter, Exchange
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This activity introduces Teacher to resources related to Cumberland, Maryland that are available through the Library of Congress. It emphasizes the importance of railroads, and guides Teacher in writing a thesis.

Subject:
Education
English Language Arts
Language Education (ESL)
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
TPS Eastern Region
Author:
Grace Leatherman
Date Added:
04/05/2015
Death in the Afternoon
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A Book Backdrop is a teaching resource that includes a set of primary sources carefully selected and used to extend conceptual understandings and/or historical contexts presented in a specific piece of literature, especially literature that is part of the language arts curriculum. A Book Backdrop serves as a “backdrop” for understanding the setting/time period/character or events in a literature selection, much the same way that a theater backdrop sets the stage for a scene in a play.

Subject:
English Language Arts
History
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
TPS Eastern Region
Author:
Sarah Dille
Date Added:
08/11/2011
Did We Overcome Racism Yet?
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This inquiry examines the Civil Rights Movement as an unfolding series of historical events and actions stretching from the U.S Civil War to the present. Using Jacquelyn Dowd Hall's or other historians' notion of a "Long" Civil Rights Movement, students. examine events and actions before, during, and after the
traditionally framed civil rights movement of 1954 to 1965.

Subject:
Civics
History
Social Science
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
TPS Eastern Region
Author:
Ann Canning
Greg Giardina
John Lee
Date Added:
09/01/2016
Esperanza Rising: Using Literature as a Backdrop for Inquiry-Based Learning in the Social Studies
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This PD activity demonstrates how educators can use literature to meet English Language and Social Studies Learning Standards.

Subject:
Civics
English Language Arts
Social Science
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
TPS Eastern Region
Author:
Tasha Anderson
Date Added:
03/30/2017
History of the Microscope and Microscopic Images: Impacts in the Fields of Modern Histology, Biology and Medicine
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Modern histology, biology and medicine are based on pivotal innovations and observations of many individuals. In the 17th century, the unknown world of cells was discovered, changing scientific views. As scientists learned about the “micro” world, society was uncertain of how cellular knowledge would affect them. This lesson plan involves the exploration of various primary sources to understand the historical impacts of the microscope and microscopic images to modern biological and medical fields.

Subject:
Applied Science
English Language Arts
History
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
TPS Eastern Region
Author:
Marietta Wright
Date Added:
10/01/2017
The Homestead Strike of 1892
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A Book Backdrop is a teaching resource that includes a set of primary sources carefully selected and used to extend conceptual understandings and/or historical contexts presented in a specific piece of literature, especially literature that is part of the language arts curriculum. A Book Backdrop serves as a “backdrop” for understanding the setting/time period/character or events in a literature selection, much the same way that a theater backdrop sets the stage for a scene in a play.

Subject:
English Language Arts
History
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
TPS Eastern Region
Author:
Gay Thistle
Date Added:
11/01/2012
How Did Birds Gain Political Protection?
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This is cross curricular approach to investigate grassroots political efforts. Grassroots political efforts are not new to our democracy. The term was coined in this unhyphenated form between 1910 and 1915 in the U.S. In this inquiry, students will analyze sources about a successful grassroots political effort that began in the late 1800's by women to pass the Migratory Bird Act of 1913, even while in most states they did not have the right to vote. First, students will define the term grassroots, as it relates to political efforts. As a literary connection, this inquiry uses a work of historical fiction to set the scene for the study in a humorous way.

Subject:
Applied Science
Civics
Environmental Science
Social Science
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
TPS Eastern Region
Author:
Ann Canning
Gay Thistle
Jenn Hanson
Date Added:
09/01/2016
Introduction to Immigration
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In this lesson, students will explore the journey of an immigrant through math, science, social studies, language arts, and art. Using primary source documents students will step back in time and learn more about the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, and gain a better understanding of the hardships that immigrants faced as they entered the United States through the units activities.

Subject:
English Language Arts
History
Reading Literature
Speaking and Listening
U.S. History
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Provider:
TPS Eastern Region
Author:
Alison Busby
Brittany Mineard
Leeann Danley
Date Added:
12/04/2011
Is Peace in the Middle East Possible?
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This inquiry features 10 editorial cartoons published in the Library of Congress exhibit titled Pointing their Pens: Herblock and fellow cartoonist confront the issues. The cartoons illustrate Middle East politics in the 1950s and 1960s. This inquiry focuses specifically on the conflict in the Middle East and features 10 cartoons depicting the challenges facing the region in the period. The cartoons from the exhibit make clear the struggle to secure peace in the Middle East was wrapped up in Cold War politics, made even more difficult by a consistent flow of weapons into the region. The inquiry includes three supporting questions, each focused on a different aspect of the conflict - the players in the conflict including those outside of the Middle East, the military circumstances of the conflict, and efforts at peace.

Subject:
History
World History
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
TPS Eastern Region
Author:
John Lee
Date Added:
09/01/2016
Langston Hughes’ Drafts of “Ballad of Booker T.” Exploring the Creative Process
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Four typewritten, marked-up drafts and a final copy of Hughes’ poem “Ballad of Booker T.” are available on the Library of Congress Web site, and allow students to follow the creative process as the poet makes changes to his work over the course of three days.

Subject:
Composition and Rhetoric
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
TPS Eastern Region
Author:
Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources
Date Added:
09/15/2011
Lincoln’s Governmental Impact on the Modern Day through Speeches and Policies
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Primary sources are a great tool to have in your toolbox to help you build your students’ content mastery, thinking skills, and primary resource knowledge. Closely examine Lincoln's governmental documents and speeches to analyze how Lincoln's power of the word shaped United States policy from the mid-1860s to the modern day.

Subject:
Civics
History
Social Science
U.S. History
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
TPS Eastern Region
Author:
Thomas Crise
Date Added:
08/30/2018
Maps Tell Stories: The American Revolution
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Historic maps allow students to not only learn the basics of geography but also think critically about a historical time period. Teacher participating will practice analyzing historic maps from the 1700’s in a “map lab” session and discuss a focus on the role of geography in historical events. What role did geography play in the American Revolutionary events in Boston?

Subject:
Cultural Geography
History
Social Science
U.S. History
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
TPS Eastern Region
Author:
Michelle Leblanc
Date Added:
12/05/2015
Placing Primary Sources: Using Story Maps to Connect Space, Place, and Time
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All primary sources are connected to a place, space, and time. Story maps can provide the geographic context to situate primary sources in time and place to develop an accurate place-based narrative. Join us to explore the geographic perspectives related to primary sources from loc.gov using dynamic multimedia story maps.

Subject:
Cultural Geography
Education
Educational Technology
Physical Geography
Physical Science
Social Science
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
TPS Eastern Region
Author:
Chris Bunin
Georgeanne Hribar
Date Added:
03/28/2019
Point of View in Statues of Abraham Lincoln: Three Looks at a Leader
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How can using statues and sculptures of Abraham Lincoln help your students understand the man and the myths that surround him?

Subject:
Civics
English Language Arts
History
Reading Informational Text
Social Science
U.S. History
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
TPS Eastern Region
Author:
Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources
Date Added:
09/15/2011
See, Think, and Wonder: Engaging Young Children in Primary Source Inquiry with the KidCitizen Interactive
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This presentation highlights a freely available digital interactive designed to foster young children’s engaging inquiry with primary sources. KidCitizen is part of the Congress, Civic Participation, and Primary Sources Project. It is funded by a grant from the Library of Congress. The presenters will introduce KidCitizen and discuss how the models of learning showcased in the KidCitizen templates may be leveraged by Teacher to support disciplined inquiry in primary grade instruction.

Subject:
Education
Educational Technology
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
TPS Eastern Region
Author:
Bert Snow
Ilene Berson
Michael J. Berson
Date Added:
02/28/2019
A Study of the Brooklyn Bridge and How Technology Impacts Society
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In the latter part of the 19th century, the Brooklyn Bridge was a marvel of a new age when it was built in New York City, New York. Society was changing quickly because of the many new technologies being incorporated into America life during the Industrial Revolution. Not every technology was welcomed with open arms. This lesson follows the Stripling Model of Inquiry and uses the technological advances exemplified in the Brooklyn Bridge as a case-study to explore how technology impacts society and how society reacts to innovation.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
English Language Arts
History
Musicology
U.S. History
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
TPS Eastern Region
Author:
Gay Thistle
Date Added:
03/30/2016
Think Aloud with Photographs, Cartoons and Literary Texts
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Participants will practice reading a set of political cartoons and photographs to surface and build schema by using the primary source analysis tool and peer support. Teacher will learn how to design opportunities for struggling readers to practice and build knowledge. What can be learned from photographs, political cartoons and literary texts about the Dust Bowl era?

Subject:
English Language Arts
Reading Informational Text
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
TPS Eastern Region
Author:
Diane Waff
Date Added:
12/10/2018
Using the QFT with Primary Sources from the Library of Congress
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The Library of Congress (LOC) has a rich array of primary sources available online. How can you use these sources during this time of distance learning to engage your students in discussion, questioning protocols, and investigations? Join The Right Question Institute, the Library of Congress, the National Council for the Social Studies, and inquirED for practical tips and useful strategies to take inquiry-based teaching and learning with primary sources online

Subject:
Education
Educational Technology
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
TPS Eastern Region
Author:
Ann Canning
Jennifer Hanson
Sarah Westbrook
Tina Heafner
Date Added:
04/08/2020
Was the Cherokee Removal fair?
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This inquiry examins the Removal of the Cherokee from mulitple perspectives and the consequences of the Cherokee Removal Act fifty years later? Students examine evidence from multiple relevant historical sources and interpretations and develop a reasoned argument about the past.

Subject:
History
U.S. History
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
TPS Eastern Region
Author:
Greg Giardina
Date Added:
11/30/2016