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Elementary Lessons and Links


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Document Based 
Constructed Response 
Thematic Essay


These lessons are designed to give elementary students guided practice in working with primary and secondary source material.  

For Sample elementary questions
Document Based  | Constructed Response

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Historical Detective Search the American Memory collections to solve the riddle.

You can read about other "Amazing Americans" such as Buffalo Bill Cody and his "Wild West" show; the heroism of Harriet Tubman, who helped many slaves escape bondage; the music of jazz great Duke Ellington; or the inventions of Thomas Edison. (You will even be able to see his first motion picture!)

If you think break-dancing is a new invention, then visit "Join America at Play," where you'll see a film of an early break-dancer from 1898! Ever hear of a "cloth sandwich"? You'll know what I'm talking about when you read the stories in this section. And, of course, we have many tales to tell about baseball, America's pastime -- from the "Cyclone" (pitcher Cy Young) to Jackie Robinson, a hero both on and off the field.

"Jump Back in Time" and find the settlers who landed on Plymouth Rock. Or jump to a more recent age and read about be-bop, a type of music invented long before hip-hop. Do you know what happened on the day you were born? You can find out here.

Want to travel across the country? Then click on "Explore the States," where you'll find fascinating facts and stories about all the states and Washington, D.C.

And if you've ever wondered what the first cartoons looked like, then click on "See, Hear and Sing." You'll read about a man who in 1896 figured out how to make inanimate objects move. You know about the guitar, the piano and the trumpet, but how about the oud, the zurna and the marimba? These "oddball instruments" influenced today's modern musical instruments.

Port of Entry Use your detective skills to uncover the stories of immigrants to the United States

Zoom Into Maps Using historic maps from the Library of Congress, help students understand what maps can tell us.

Library of Congress Lesson Index by Theme, Topic, Discipline or Era

It's No Laughing Matter Use this interactive activity to take apart real-world cartoons as you learn how to spot the methods behind the message.

My good friend Cathy Alfieri designed these sites to help children master various social studies skills using documents.  Maps and Globes  |  Economics  | Government |


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