Library of Congress Teacher Resources

Summer is a time when many teachers look for new resources to use in the fall. Of course, summer is also a time when some teachers leave teaching and resources behind. At Serendipity35, we expect that our visitor numbers will drop in July and August. Apparently, some of our readers are really on vacation.

I will try to post at least once each week resources that I come across for teachers to use. You can always check the category link for resources that we have reviewed to see everything.

The Library of Congress has a new home for its teacher resources. The Library has provided teachers with access for ten years to millions of digitized primary sources and the tools educators need to use them in the classroom. They recently moved those resources to a newly-designed web center for teachers. 

One new feature that I like is a dedicated home page for primary source sets. Using primary sources is a really powerful information literacy activity that students should learn to use. There is a good introduction to the authentic classroom use of primary sources at

The Library provides ready-to-use materials that bring the LoC’s primary sources into the classroom. Check out the list of primary source sets that are available. The sets of selected primary sources are on specific topics and available as easy-to-print PDFs and each includes background material and tools to guide student analysis.

An example is the Immigration Challenges for New Americans set that uses selected primary sources that document the immigrant experience in America.

See all Primary Source Sets


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