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14 Ideas from the "Teaching with the Library of Congress" blog

Classroom lessons often can be garnered from Blog posts or Tweets.  Here is a revisit to some of the blog posts from "Teaching with the Library of Congress" during 2011 that sparked some classroom lesson ideas for me.
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01. As students study the current Occupy Movement they can also explore historic comparisons as well as research current opinions and participate in debates. See: https://sites.google.com/site/civiclit/sample-civiclit-lessons/occupy “Occupying” the Bonus Army Protests of 1932 
02. How's the weather? Students can personalize experiences and connect to science. Snow Stories in Library of Congress Primary Sources 
03. Connect the historic backstory of the food we consume. This post can also be a jumping off point for a discussion on environmental and immigration issues. Farm Security Administration Photographs: Harvest Time 
04. Many of the changes in aviation today are part of the political as well as historic discussion. This post looks at how inventions and inventiveness move projects forward. Primary Source Starter: The Wright Brothers’ Crumpled Glider 
05. This holiday post on Teddy Roosevelt can be connected to other primary sources on TR. Take a look at the early films in the Library of Congress section of iTunes U on the Spanish American war to add to a discussion or lesson on the Teddy Roosevelt Era. And can you find President Obama's speech that evoked the memory of TR the Progressive? Theodore Roosevelt’s Thanksgiving Truce: A Political Cartoon 
06. 11/11/11 is often a holiday for students. But as this post points out, it often goes unrecognized. Connect to history and bring some meaning to the day off. Remembering Armistice Day: “I Did My Bit for Democracy” 
07. View Hidden Treasures from the Library of Congress, have students select their favorites, and challenge them with the creative process of making their own "Hidden Treasure" videos! Looking for the Story behind the Documents? View Videos about our Hidden Treasures 
08. Civic literacy at its best! Teaching with the Raw Materials of the Law: Primary Sources and the Legislative Process 
09. Checking the paper is always a good idea when you start a new unit in history class. Have your “paper people” scan (search) the broadsheets and report on the topic under study. Finding Treasures in an Archive of Historical Newspapers: Chronicling America 
10. Timelines are always great anchors for understanding historical perspective. When your class touches on a topic have students consult the timeline and select appropriate primary sources to represent the era under study. The American Memory Timeline: Finding Primary Sources from throughout U.S. History 
11. Super assignment - spying on the past! This might not only get discussion going but also lead to a reorganization of your own classroom. What things should change in the classrooms of today? How are today’s classrooms different than the past? What things are the same, what should change? Practicing Close Observation: Spying on the Past 
12. Community service then and now - connect to what folks did for soldiers in the past and today. Wartime Clothing Drives: Hosiery and the Homefront 
13. Connecting art and hard times - what posters would students draw today? WPA Posters: Colorful Messages in Dark Economic Times 
14. Another connection for history and art - what sketches would students draw today about war? Civil War Sketch Artists: Pencils on the Front Lines 
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