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Commencement: What do the speeches teach us?

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If you are connected to a university, you’ve likely already gotten your annual dose of inspiration. If you are connected to a high school, you are either awaiting that traditional commencement moment, or preparing for it. Commencement speeches are also interesting to study. They are primary sources.  They are models for learning about rhetoric.  And [...]

The GPO expands free eBook access

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Earlier this week, the US Government Printing Office announced the expansion of its ebook program to increase public access to government publications. Though the initial release was limited to 100 titles, the plan is to make new titles available each month free of charge. The public, and that includes students and teachers, will now have full-text [...]

Looking closely at inaugural addresses

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This week many of us will take the timely opportunity to study an important primary source–the Inaugural Address. The New York Times offers a fascinating interactive timeline of word clouds, summaries, and full-text documents. (I suspect today’s address will be posted shortly.) The timeline takes a look at the language of presidential inaugural addresses. The [...]

The LC does CCSS

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Earlier this week, the Teaching with the Library of Congress blog, announced that it has made its already fabulous  teaching resources–designed to inspire analysis, critical thinking, and the value of working with primary sources–more findable for teachers by aligning them to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). It’s all free and available through a new [...]

UN History Project launched

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Earlier this month, Harvard University’s Department of History announced the launch of the United Nations History Project. Supported by the United Nations Foundation, in cooperation with the Harvard Asia Center and the Joint Center for History and Economics, the site aggregates a wealth of materials for researching and teaching the history of the United Nations [...]

EUscreen debuts

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Your history and language teachers will be very interested in the recently launched EUscreen. The new multimedia, multilingual portal reaches back to the early 1900s and offers free online access to videos, stills, texts and audio from European broadcasters and audiovisual archives. The About page describes the need for this collaborative project: Although audiovisual content [...]

“Every survivor has a story to tell.” Introducing IWitness & its 1000 stories

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Imagine that you could have 1,000 survivors in your classroom . . . The University of Southern California Shoah Foundation recently launched the BETA version of a truly important gift–a searchable, interactive archive of more than 1000 video testimonies of Holocaust survivors and other witnesses. It is simply one of the most elegant and thoughtfully [...]

The King Center Archive Goes Live! (on Monday)

The King Center in Atlanta recently announced that this year’s commemoration of Dr. King’s birthday will also mark the launch of a new site, the King Center Archive. The project goes live on Monday and will make available thousands of never-before-seen images connected to Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement. According to the King [...]

Oy yez, Oy Yez, Oh Yay!

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Carol Simpson shared this resource on LM_NET earlier this week.  If your middle or high school teachers explore Supreme Court cases with their learners, if you believe in the importance of civics education, you’ll want to share and add Oyez, Oyez, Oh Yay! to your pathfinders.  Even if you’re not in Texas! The Texas State [...]

The FBI opens its Vault

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Holy primary sources!  Make sure you add this one to your history and primary source pathfinders! The FBI recently launched The Vault, its new electronic reading room, containing more than 3,000 documents that have been scanned from paper into digital copies so you can read them in the comfort of your home or office. New [...]