Random Thoughts: Change, Primary Sources & Other Stuff

What happened today in history?

Posted on: December 27, 2012

TodayinhistoryThe stats are in!  What Happened on My Birthday, published December 2011, is the most popular post.  Today in History from the Library of Congress  is another  resource for making connections between today and the past.  The extensive site pulls together content rich historic information from the Library’s American Memory Collections.  Multiple primary source formats, including newspapers, are used throughout the site.  With a single click you get an array of photos, documents, maps, audio files, song sheets or other primary sources ready for your use.  Today, December 27,  opens with an account of the opening of New York’s Rockefeller Center.  Scroll through the page to view related information about architecture, John D. Rockefeller and where to locate additional information.  Continue scrolling to learn about Carrie Nation and the temperance movement.  The content rich site provides in-depth information about a wide range of topics.

Select Archives to locate information for a specific day or Tomorrow to plan aheadFor example, the December 28 link has a tribute to Woodrow Wilson and information about the suffrage movement. Today in History is easy enough to use without much advance preparation while also providing an abundance of unique resources and ways to approach and expand thinking. There is enough on each page to support an instructional unit or to offer students a choice of a topic for further research.

Today in History, the Historic American Newspaper Collections and The Newseum are highlighted in What Happened on Your Birthday?,  an Internet@ Schools  NEW Media Center Column.
Dec.  2011 postWhat happened on my birthday?

How can I  use primary resources like these in the media center and classroom or to support Common Core Standards?

Teaching Digital Media Literacy in the Content Areas: Using Primary Sources 
See what former students have to say

Teaching with Informational Text: Historic Newspapers from the Library of Congress (Teachers Page Blog)



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