The Teaching with Primary Sources Journal
Strategies and resources for K-12 classrooms from the Library of Congress
Between 2008 and 2016, TPS Consortium members contributed their knowledge to 15 issues of the TPS Journal – a publication dedicated to support the use of Library of Congress digitized primary sources to teach a number of topics in the K-12 curriculum.
Through the TPS Journal, Consortium members shared strategies for:
- using primary sources to teach topics including Geography, Civil War, Science and Fine Arts;
- combining primary sources with various pedagogical approaches, like assessment, critical thinking, differentiated instruction, historical thinking, inquiry learning, literacy integration, project-based learning, and technology integration;
- using primary sources to teach students from specific populations, such as elementary students, English language learners and those with disabilities.
Each TPS Journal issue comes with sample elementary and secondary lesson plans as well as articles, research reports, Web sites, and white papers under a research and current thinking page. In addition, each highlights a teacher who uses primary sources in a way that relates to the theme of the issue.
The TPS Journal has been on hiatus since 2016, when the Library began a competitive, nationwide search for educational organizations to become members of the 2017-2019 TPS Consortium. Going forward, you can expect to see primary source-based suggestions, tips, reflections, and findings about a number of topics from some of the most engaged educational thinkers and practitioners in the country. Until then, please look through the TPS Journal archive to find some gems that you might have missed when they were first released.