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A Pocketful of History

--Sherry L. Field and Linda D. Labbo
Read a biography. Then examine "pocket contents." In Lincoln's vest pocket? A draft for a speech, theater tickets, and a photograph of his family, among other items. "Artifacts" are suggested for the pockets of Benito Juarez (president of Mexico), Grandma Moses (artist), Mary McLeod Bethune (black educator), and others.

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Using Pictures to Build Geographic Literacy

Friday, December 2, 2016 -
11:15am to 12:15pm
Explore how pictures can be used to study geography themes. A series of four drawings and two maps will be used to examine location, region, and human-environmental interaction.

Digital Tools to Differentiate Instruction and Assessment with Primary Sources

Friday, December 2, 2016 -
11:15am to 12:15pm
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

Friday, December 2, 2016 -
11:15am to 12:15pm
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

Friday, December 2, 2016 -
10:00am to 11:00am
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

Friday, December 2, 2016 -
10:00am to 11:00am
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

Friday, December 2, 2016 -
10:00am to 11:00am
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

Friday, December 2, 2016 -
10:00am to 11:00am
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.

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