It’s Alive! Bring History to Life with Primary Sources from the Library of Congress and Other Resources
When students and library patrons work with primary sources, they become “history detectives.” Exposure to primary source photographs, sound recordings, journals, letters, maps, and newspapers can enhance your library and your teaching by bringing history to life. Using primary sources can help patrons and students develop critical thinking and observation skills as well as visual literacy, information literacy, and news literacy skills. Primary sources can assist young historians in building empathy and understanding bias. Learn how to incorporate primary sources into your school library, public library, or classroom using databases and methods from and inspired by the Library of Congress’ Teaching with Primary Sources Institute. Find great free resources and learn how to best navigate and apply primary sources to engage learners of all ages.
analyze and evaluate primary sources including photographs, sound recordings, journals, letters, maps, and newspapers.
implement the use of primary sources into the classroom or library while engaging students and patrons who will become history detectives.
utilize the Library of Congress' electronic database as well as to locate and utilize collections of primary sources local to the school or library.