Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Interacting with History: Teaching with Primary Sources

Lehman, Katherine (ed.) Interacting with History: Teaching with Primary Sources. Chicago: ALA, 2014. ISBN: 978-0-8389-1205-8

From the publisher: 
With nearly 142 million items and one of the largest bodies of high-quality, digitized content available, the Library of Congress (LOC) is an enormously useful resource for librarians and teachers. Yet it remains a mystery to many. Exploring the wealth of materials freely available for free from LOC, Lehman and a stellar roundup of contributors offer an up-to-date survey of teacher resources to help teachers and librarian educators shake the dust off state-mandated history and literature curricula. Beginning with an introduction by Barbara Stripling, 2013-14 ALA President, this book:
  • Presents a tour of LOC, with an overview of its primary sources, including digital resources such as maps, diaries, and songbooks
  • Details LOC Teacher Page resources, which provide easy access to the most relevant primary sources from the collections
  • Offers a selection of lessons from teacher-librarians across the county, with guidance on how librarians and teachers and can use the library's resources in their local communities
  • Features numerous sidebars, tables, and illustrations, showing how LOC’s resources can illuminate the past while also providing a backdrop for discussing contemporary issues
This book persuasively demonstrates how the online resources of the Library of Congress can be used not only to enhance a sense of history but also to teach information literacy, online searching, and critical thinking skills to elementary, middle, and high school students.

Table of Contents
Introduction, by Barbara Stripling

Chapter 1   
Welcome to the Library of Congress, Sharon Metzger-Galloway

Chapter 2   
Teaching Resources from the Library of Congress, Sara Suiter

Chapter 3
Professional Development and Support for Classroom Teachers Available through the Library of Congress, Katharine Lehman

Chapter 4   
Action Lessons: Interacting with History, Compiled by Katharine Lehman from Participants of the 2011 Library of Congress Summer Institute

Chapter 5   

Discovering Local History Resources in Your Own Backyard, Mary Alice Anderson

About the Author and Contributors