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Teaching with great primary sources and TPS-Barat

In my world for the next few weeks, it’s all social studies, Common Core, state standards, and best practices all the time. I get to lead and be part of a wide variety of sessions and trainings that focus on integrating our new state standards with high quality social studies instruction.

Yeah. I know. Great times!

So I’ve been looking around for ideas and examples and resources and just whatever else might be useful for teachers. Some of us were looking for a nice way to help teachers meet the following literacy piece that is part of both the Common Core and the Kansas state social studies standards:

analyze multiple accounts of the same event or topic, noting important similarities and differences in the point of view they represent.

We were looking specifically for contemporary accounts about the 1876 battle at the Little Big Horn. We wanted to expand on an introductory exercise that asks kids to think about the differences between a couple of 19th century images depicting the event – an 1896 image published and distributed by the Anheuser-Busch Brewing Company and an 1881 version of the battle by Chief Red Horse.

busch and custer

red horse little big horn

And during our search, we ran across a sweet Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources site called TPS-Barat. It hosts a wide variety of primary documents and teaching suggestions – including a great page of contemporary newspaper accounts of the battle.

Some of their stuff includes:

Learning from the Source

Themed Source Sets

Tech Tips and Tutorials

Classroom Projects

Head over to mess with the full deal. And be prepared to stay a while, lots of sweet goodies.

5 Comments Post a comment
  1. Thanks, Glenn, for highlighting the resources from TPS-Barat Primary Source Nexus. Recently I was thinking about adding image analysis to the Little Bighorn activity and now I can point them to your finds. Tomorrow I’ll be posting another activity that meets the literacy piece you noted in your post so please stop back.

    Thank you, too, for all the great resources and ideas that you share–History Tech is such a wonderful, thoughtful blog!

    All the best,

    Julie Schaul
    Project Development Director

    February 12, 2013
    • glennw #


      Glad I found the site. Some great stuff! Thanks for linking back to History Tech with your image updates.


      February 13, 2013

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