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Funded by a grant from the TPS Western Region at Metropolitan State College of Denver 


Northern Arizona University

Theodore Roosevelt

July 17-19, 2011






This class applies an inquiry-learning model using primary sources available through the Library of Congress website.  The LOC has digitized over 19 million primary sources to bring learners the raw materials of U.S. society and culture spanning more than 200 years.  Crossing multiple disciplinary areas, these sources inspire curiosity, prompt interesting questions, and support investigations of these questions—thereby creating conditions that promote deeper thinking and understanding.


Presenters: Stevan Kalmon skalmon@C21L.org; Peggy O'Neill-Jones oneilljp@mscd.edu; Michelle Pearson kpear12@aol.com; Cynthia Stout ckstout@comcast.net


Core Concepts

  • What primary sources are. 
  • Reasons for teaching with primary sources.
  • How to teach with primary sources.
  • How to access and use primary sources and related resources from the Library of Congress.


Content Concept

  • Gain background knowledge related to Theodore Roosevelt.  


Goals and Objectives


Goal 1: Understanding Primary Sources 

  • Objective 1a: Explain what primary sources are and understand their value in teaching.  



Goal 2: Analyzing Primary Sources

  •  Objective 2a: Explore the connection between primary sources and 21st century learning skills and habits.


Goal 3: Teaching with Primary Sources


  •  Objective 3a: Use primary sources to align instruction with Common Core and state standards. 
  • Objective 3b: Investigate the ways primary sources and various technologies can promote  inquiry, literacy, differentiated learning, and creative expression of knowledge.


Goal 4: Exploring www.loc.gov 

  • Objective 4a: Access, save, and present primary sources from the Library of Congress website that fit your instructional needs.  


Goal 5: Understanding legal/ethical use 

  • Objective 5a: Explore copyright, public domain and citation issues related to the use of digitize primary sources.  


Goal 6: Understanding the Inquiry Process

  • Objective 6a:  Examine inquiry learning models and methods.  


Goal 7: Creating Inquiry Activities

  • Objective 7a: Design and create inquiry-based learning activities using primary sources from the Library of Congress 




Annotated Resource Set (ARS).  An ARS combines a set of primary sources with a lesson plan.  The ARS contains thumbnail images and links to thematically chosen primary sources along with suggested instructional design components such as essential questions, standards, objectives, learning activities, assessment strategies and links to other related resources.


Document Based Question (DBQ).




* This wiki is not an official publication of the Library of Congress and does not represent official Library of Congress communications.


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