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Teaching with Primary Sources Program at the Collaborative for Educational Services

Primary sources—documents and objects from the time period being studied—are at the heart of historical inquiry.

The Library of Congress offers a vast range of Screen Shot 2016-01-27 at 4.09.34 PMdigitized primary sources that can provide a deeply powerful encounter with the past for students at all grade levels. To view a 3.5 minute video regarding the kinds of resources available from the Library of Congress please click here.

Funded by a grant from the Library of Congress, the Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program at the Collaborative for Educational Services offers free workshops and support to K-12 teachers throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Educators in these workshops learn to work with and practice strategies for using Library of Congress online resources to engage students, teach inquiry through the use of primary sources, and help students achieve Common Core State Standards in Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening.

The mission of the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program is to:

  • build awareness of the Library’s educational initiatives
  • provide content that promotes the effective educational use of the Library’s resources
  • offer access to and promote sustained use of the Library’s educational resources.

The Library achieves this mission through collaborations between the Library and the K-12 educational community across the United States. The program contributes to the quality of education by helping teachers use the Library’s digitized primary sources to engage students, develop their critical thinking skills and construct knowledge. Learn more about the Library’s TPS program and other resources available to teachers at http://www.loc.gov/teachers.

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