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Thursday July 28, 2011 
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Introduction to the Library of Congress - 6 Self-directed Professional Development Modules 

8:00-8:10   Welcome & Introductions

Christine Schein,

Nancy White




Participant Introductions



Day 1 Overview

Mary Johnson
  • What experiences have you had with primary sources?
  • What are you hoping to learn over the next two days?
  • In what ways do you connect to the previous person?
  • Goals and objectives for Day 1
  • Roadmap and expectations (what we expect & what you'll do) 




TPS Goal 1: Understanding Primary Sources; Goal 2: Analyzing Primary Sources; Goal 6: Understanding the Inquiry Process


Considerations of Inquiry & Learning
Time Topic Activity Presenter  Resources

Connecting to Inquiry


Objective 6a: Examine inquiry learning models and methods

TED Talk - Hans Rosling and the Magic Washing Machine -
& Discussion


Stevan Kalmon




Connection to  How We Learn


What is inquiry?


How do teachers use inquiry in the classroom?


Objective 6a: Examine inquiry learning models and methods

Two Inquiry Tools:


  • Stripling Inquiry Model
  • Dual Inquiry Model

Mary Johnson

Stevan Kalmon





A Guided Inquiry --

1. Connecting to & Wondering about Primary Sources

Time Topic Activity Presenter  Resources



Primary Sources -

Teacher as Learner


Objective 1a: Explain what primary sources are and understand their value in teaching.


Objective 2a: Explore the connection between primary sources and 21st century learning skills and habits.

Initial Primary Source Analysis

Mary Johnson


What is the difference between a primary and secondary source?


Thinking about Primary Sources (basic analysis questions):

  • What do you observe? 
  • What do you think you know? 
  • What do you want to find out?


Practice Analysis: 


Mystery Photo Clue - bibliographic information as a starting point


"Inquiry is iterative." - Stevan Kalmon





Primary Sources & Inquiry


Teacher as Learner



Inquiry Journal - Learner Side




Stevan Kalmon

In addition to the Learner questions posed by the TPS  reflection tool, consider questions about the Connect & Wonder inquiry phases of the mystery photo analysis. 

  • In the practice analysis of the mystery photo, which questions seem worth pursuing?
  • As you prepare to "investigate" primary sources, what initial ideas do you have? 
  • What do I already know about learning through primary sources?
  • What do I want to learn about primary sources?


Strategies for Guiding Learner Inquiry


Teacher as Teacher



Inquiry Journal - Teacher Side




Mary Johnson






Stevan Kalmon

How would you plan an inquiry process for your students using a single primary source such as the mystery photo?

  • What are the logistical considerations when using a single primary source?
  • What are the pedagogical considerations of a beginning inquiry process?
  • How do you help students "connect" to content and ideas unfamiliar to them?
  • What can you to encourage students' curiosity and interest in pursuing inquiry?


Reflection questions:

  • How do I encourage inquiry in the classroom?
  • How do I focus the inquiry?
  • How do I encourage meaningful questions?
  • What do inquiry and primary sources have to do with "21st century learning"?


Learning IN & Learning FOR PowerPoint

Learning IN & Learning FOR Scenarios









TPS Goal 4: Exploring www.loc.gov


A Guided Inquiry --

2. Investigating the Library of Congress as a Repository for Primary Sources

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Introduction to Library of Congress Repository

"Homepage Fly-by" 






Tour of American Memory and the Teachers Page

Mary Johnson  Library of Congress Homepage Cheat Sheet
  • In pairs, explore each of the red circled areas.
  • How is the Library of Congress homepage organized?
  • What do you see on the Library of Congress website that might be useful for your classroom or personal interests?
  • Why did we use this strategy to introduce the Library of Congress website?




American Memory 

  • Collections
  • Browse
    • Browse by Topic
    • Browse Collections by Time Period
    • Browse Collections Containing...
    • Browse Collections by Place
  • Teachers' Classroom Materials
    • Lesson Plans
    • Themed Resources
    • Primary Source Sets
    • Presentations & Activities
    • Collection Connections 


11:30-12:00 Exploration of the site    
  • Which collections seem most useful to you as a Learner?
  • Which collections seem most useful to you as a Teacher?








American Memory & the Teachers Page - Library of Congress


Exploring American Memory and the Teachers Page

Self-Directed Inquiry
  • Which presentations and activities seem most useful to you as a Learner?
  • Which presentations and activities seem most useful to you as a Teacher? 
  • Which lesson plans, themed resources, or primary source sets could be useful for you? How?
  • What tools can help you implement teaching and learning with primary sources?
  • What helpful advice can you find on the Help screen? 


1:30-1:40 Library of Congress Resources



Inquiry Journal - Teacher Side


Stevan Kalmon Reflection questions: 
  • 3 takeaways from the American Memory investigation. 
  • How can I manage my discoveries on the Library of Congress website?
  • What next do I need to know about the Library of Congress website?






TPS Goal 3: Teaching with Primary Sources; Goal 4: Exploring www.loc.gov


A Guided Inquiry --

3. Investigating the Annotated Resource Set as a Tool for Teaching with Primary Sources

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Annotated Resource Set


Objective 3b: Investigate the ways primary sources and various technologies can promote inquiry, literacy, differentiated learning, and creative expression of knowledge.

Guided Tour of an ARS

Mary Johnson

ARS Examples


ARS Template


Permanent URLs


Other ARS Examples


Annotated Resource Set


Teacher as Instructional Developer


Objective 4a: Access, save, and present primary sources from the Library of Congress website that fit your instructional needs.

ARS Development Practice Self Directed

ARS development activity

  • Small group brainstorm of ARS topics
  • Mastering the ARS template
  • Troubleshooting navigation and manipulation of LOC resources
  • Debrief and share 




Colorado P-12 Academic Standards





Inquiry Journal -

Teacher Side & Learner Side


Stevan Kalmon

As a Learner, consider...

  • How do I learn?
  • What strategies do I use to investigate a question?
  • How do I know when I'm doing a good job of getting the information I need?


As a Teacher, consider...

  • What instructional strategies do/can I use to facilitate investigation?
  • How do I reveal relevance and ensure rigor in students' learning?
  • How do I organize resources, including primary source materials?




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