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Pumped for Primary Sources!

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Last week, I had the amazing experience of participating in the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Workshop for School Librarians in Washington, D.C. This professional learning opportunity will drive my work with Wisconsin library media specialists and other educators throughout the upcoming year, but I could not wait to share some of these great digital resources with you!

Library of Congress: The main page can be overwhelming, but it is worth a visit to get an overview of the wealth of information available online.

Poetry and Literature: Last week Joy Harjo was appointed as the 23rd Poet Laureate. She is a member of the Muscogee Creek Nation and the first Native American to serve in this role. This page leads you to resources to find out more about her, as well as other poets and writers.

By the People: Speaking of poets, here is where you and your students can transcribe the works and letters of Walt Whitman or other historical documents, including some from women’s suffrage history, as a volunteer. The Library of Congress is looking to all of us to improve access to history!

U.S. Copyright: Librarians and educators always have copyright questions. Why not go straight to the source? In fact, more than one copyright librarian told me they are more than happy to answer anyone’s questions via email or phone.

Classroom Materials for Teachers: Find primary sources divided out by topic, lesson plans, and other resources that are ready to use with students for an easy path into the world’s largest library.

I hope you will join me during the 2019-20 school year for a deeper dive into these and other digital resources that can provide opportunities for equity, engagement, critical thinking, and inquiry skills to all of our students. Information regarding dates and locations will be posted this fall. Until then, enjoy exploring!


For questions about this information, contact Monica Treptow (608) 575-6065

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