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The Library of Congress, Places in the News, and Common Core standards alignment

Social studies teachers, like all other teachers, have a limited amount of time. So you need to pick and choose where you spend your time. Some places and tools are non-negotiable: Google Earth, Teaching History, Beyond the Bubble, ThinkFinity, EDSITEment.

And, of course, the Library of Congress. The LOC is an incredible resource with so much to offer – lesson plans, primary sources, and professional development.

But no matter how well I think I know them, I keep finding new things that they offer. My latest discoveries?

That’s right. Today here at History Tech, it’s a two for one.

Places in the News provides historical context and geography resources for current events. These events could be natural disasters in Costa Rica or the rebellion in Syria. Each entry provides a handy map or sat image and textual information about the specific event.

But wait. There’s more. The LOC folks have archived all of their Places in the News back to 1999. That’s right. 1999. Over a decade of Places in the News goodness. So if you’re a current events teacher, world history teacher, geography teacher, government teacher, US history teacher, Places in the News is for you.

But that’s not all.

The Library of Congress is offering not just Places in the News but now also offers new and improved standards alignment features. I’ve talked about this sweet service before. But now it includes not just state standards but organization and Common Core alignment standards as well.

That’s right. Not just state standards but organization and Common Core alignment standards as well. So let’s say you’re looking for lessons that will help meet the 8th grade Common Core ELA literacy standard for history that reads like this:

Engage and orient the reader by establishing a context and point of view and introducing a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally and logically.

What to do?

Go to the LOC standards alignment page, click a few buttons, and find a perfect lesson. It’s just that easy.

But that’s not all. You can also search by Organization. So if you want to find social studies activities aligned to the ten National Council for the Social Studies themes, or to the National Council for Teaching English, or even the national library and technology standards, well . . . now you can do that too.

So don’t delay. Head over to the LOC and find new resources now.

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