Teacher Review For Library of Congress

A wealth of primary sources to explore!

Amy K.
Classroom teacher
Cornell Senior High School
Coraopolis, PA
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My Grades 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts, Social Studies
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 5
Support 4
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time More than 15 minutes
Great for Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
The primary source documents available digitally at the Library of Congress website are invaluable. I use their Primary Source Analysis Tool and carefully chosen documents to have students look critically at different events in history from multiple perspectives.
My Take
This website contains a wealth of knowledge, but even for experienced users can be hard to navigate. Using already curated primary source sets, or links like Chronicling America, are easy for students. I also print out primary sources for students to use. Their "ask a librarian" button is available for teachers and students who are struggling to navigate the site. Additionally, they have regional partners around the country (generally colleges), that will train teachers to use the site and even print resources for schools. There's also an extensive blog and teachers network (TPSNetwork.org) that teachers can join for more support on using the site. Using the primary sources helps me expose my students to multiple historical perspectives. It also promotes Common Core reading skills, and higher level thinking skills as students observe, reflect, and question what they are seeing.