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More from the Library of Congress
The Library of Congress not only offers researchers and educators an amazing wealth of materials, it also offers self-directed professional development modules.
Teaching Inquiry with Primary Sources
Teachers and students demonstrate how primary sources can be used to support inquiry learning. Inquiry encourages students to draw on their prior knowledge, personal experiences and critical thinking skills to construct meaning.
Copyright and Primary Sources
Learn how to evaluate primary sources from the Library's collections for the best use within copyright. Listen to several teachers as they evaluate the use of primary sources for use with their students.
Teacher's Guide: Analyzing Photographs & Prints
Learn how photographs and prints from the Library's collections can increase student engagement in the classroom.
Library of Congress: Analyzing Maps
Learn instructional strategies for using maps in the classroom.
Finding Primary Sources
Understand the breadth and depth of the Library's collections and listen to teachers as they find primary sources for their students.
Civic Online Reasoning
Beyond the Bubble unlocks the vast digital archive of the Library of Congress to create a new generation of history assessments...
Primary Source Analysis Tool
The Library of Congress Primary Source Analysis Tool is really fantastic for the prompts it includes based on the format of the primary source. First, choose the format, then click on the "?" bubble in the top right of each box. The prompts will guide you through the finer points of analyzing that specific source type.
Analysis Worksheets - Format Specific
From the National Archives Teaching with Documents Project - worksheets are on right sidebar.