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Digital Tools to Differentiate Instruction and Assessment with Primary Sources

Discover resources that educators who teach with primary sources from the Library of Congress can implement to increase their curricula's accessibility with the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL).

Challenges and Opportunities in Creating Local Place-Based History Trunks

Explore an 8th grade kit titled "Andrew's Raid: Heroes or Villains?" containing materials that emphasize student analysis. Discover the possibilities of place-based primary sources.

That Happened Here? Place-Based Education with Informational Sources

Learn how you can use free sources available at the Library of Congress and local collections to develop accessible curriculum that emphasizes the significance of local history.

Connecting Social Studies to Literacy through Primary Sources

Obtain materials to coming social studies and literacy content through Paul Fleischmann's Bull Run. These materials will have your students analyzing and questioning literature while connecting with primary sources.

How Everyday People Influenced President Lincoln's Brave Ideas

Engage with primary sources to analyze Lincoln's daily commute through Civil War Washington and discover the lessons he learned from ordinary people along the way.

Engaging Students in Civics through the Use of Primary Sources

Explore methods for engaging middle grade students in civics and history through primary sources.

No Impact (on the Environment) Lessons

The middle-level “No Impact Project” curriculum uses film and printed matter (including lesson handouts) to help middle and high school students explore the effects their everyday behavior has on the environment, their health, and their well-being. It will also challenge students to think about how the systems in our present society influence our lifestyle choices in ways that often are not good for environment. Finally, it will guide students to take action both individually and with others to bring about positive change.

Middle School Students Save the World!

Discover a learning experience for graduating 8th graders that requires the application of 21st century skills toward solving a vital, complex global problem and presenting those findings to authentic audiences.

Shades of Engaging ELLs: Culturally Responsive Teaching

Want to create an environment beyond the traditional diverse classroom? Participate using effective strategies to support the needs of academically, culturally and linguistically diverse learners!

Questioning as Literacy: A Critical Role for the Social Studies

The social studies should take the lead in teaching the critical inquiry-related skill of questioning. Explore the EFG questioning framework and how to introduce, practice, and utilize student questioning in the classroom.

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