|American Memory Collection |
Grade levels: 7th–12th
This section of the Library of Congress Web site offers an extensive collection of primary documents—photos, patents, political cartoons, and advertisements—pertaining to every aspect of American History. These documents are free for use in classroom presentations.
Recommended by Madeline Kovarik, professor and member of the KDP Communications Committee
Grade level: ProfessionalK–12 teachers, undergraduates
This site, developed by the education team of the National Archives, provides lessons and tools for teachers to create interactive group and individual activities using primary source documents from the National Archives. It is perfect for civic and social studies education and bringing history into the present. Educators can search for documents and activities from the National Archives, customize activities, create a new activity with its own web address, and organize activities in an account to share with students.
Library of Congress
Grade level: All
Visit the Teachers Section of the Library of Congress (LOC) online—it’s your primary source source! How often have you wanted to use a primary source and didn't have enough time to look one up or investigate a site’s quality? Look no further for primary sources! The Teachers section at LOC, including Teachers Preview, is an excellent web site for resources on every subject. It also offers an educator-friendly section on how to teach using primary sources. At LOC-Teachers, you can choose categories, subjects, and much more through a drop-down search tool. or link to podcasts, webcasts, lesson plans, and other resource sites through the site menu. Get on board the LOC—it’s well worth the surf.
Recommended by Marilyn Cook, KDP Web Committee