Education Resources

Check out the Teachers Page for classroom materials, professional development resources, and over 85 teacher-created, classroom-tested lesson plans to bring the Library’s digital collections right to your constituents’ classrooms!

Provided by the Library of Congress Educational Outreach Division, these resources are searchable by national and state standards, topic, era of history, and title.

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Created by Teachers, for Teachers

Teaching with the Library of Congress

Teachers: try something new in the classroom this year by checking out the from

Created by teachers for teachers, these ready-to-use materials provide easy ways to incorporate the Library’s unparalleled primary sources into instruction.

The Library provides free access to primary source sets, lesson plans, presentations & activities, themed resources and connections to our collections.

Teachers: want to spice up your curriculum? Check out 's >85 classroom-tested .

YouTubeTeaching with Primary Sources
Made a Real Change

Teaching with Primary Sources YouTube video

Teachers: offers prepared lesson plans, primary source sets and professional development to help you use their vast resources in the classroom.

Three teachers from PS153 - the Helen Keller School in the Bronx - describe how the Library's Teaching with Primary Sources program had a positive impact on how they teach in their elementary school.

Teachers Are Always Learning

Teachers Work with Primary Sources at a Library of Congress Summer Teacher Institute

Teachers: Looking for professional development opportunities? from provides primary source-based staff development to teachers across the country. The Library’s programs are free, easy to use, standards-based, and appropriate for all educators.

Teachers: looking for more ? & have free programs:

Share on PinterestRe-Pin: “Back to School: Back to Class, Back to Books” - It's back to school season! The Library of Congress Magazine from Sept.-Oct. 2013 features resources designed to help teachers utilize the Library's unmatched primary resources in their classrooms.

Free Books for Schools & Libraries!

Woman looking for books in children's library

Teachers: what’s on your school supply list this year? If you are a public/non-profit school needing books for your school’s library, reach out to our office to see if you can participate in the Surplus Books Program from . Our office will partner with you to help select books from those not needed for the Library’s own uses!

We can help build library collections using surplus books from Contact us for more info.

Note to Congressional Offices

Contact the Congressional Relations Office at (202) 707-6577 or [email protected] to learn more about the Surplus Books program.

Primary Sources = Active Learning!

Students analyzing Library of Congress primary sources

Teachers: discover quick and easy ways to begin using primary sources in your classroom, with teachers' guides, information on citing sources and copyright, and the primary source analysis tool from .

Examining primary sources gives students a powerful sense of history and insight into the complexity of the past. Analysis of primary sources can also guide them toward higher-order thinking and better critical thinking and analysis skills. Learn more at

Share on Pinterest Check out the Teachers: Primary Source Sets board for more primary source sets to use in the classroom.

Ready, Set, Learn!

Students at the Library of Congress

Teachers: has lots of resources for you! Created by teachers for teachers, these ready-to-use materials provide easy ways to incorporate the Library’s unparalleled primary sources into instruction. Explore primary source sets, lesson plans, presentations & activities, themed resources, and more! All at

Share on Pinterest Check out Teachers: Primary Source Sets board for more primary source sets to use in the classroom

Discoveries in Science

Manuscript painting of Heezen-Tharp “World ocean floor. Heinrich C. Berann, 1977.

STEM Teachers: do you think only has resources for history or English classes? Think again! They have materials covering a number of science topics, including the nature of science, the practices of scientists, and the connections between science, technology, and society. Check out the blog post "Primary Sources in Science Classrooms" at for more great ideas on how to use the Library’s collections in your classroom!

Teachers: explore resources &

YouTubeTopics in Science:
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Neil deGrasse Tyson on the Importance of Science

Neil deGrasse Tyson, prominent astrophysicist and Director of the Hayden Planetarium, made a presentation at , hosted by the Congressional Science and National Labs Caucus, on the importance of investment in science and STEM education.

The video is part of the Library's series "Topics in Science" offering webcasts and other presentations on various scientific issues.

Melodies of the Past

Mexican Girls singing, San Antonio, Tex.

Teachers: are you teaching music? American History? The history of your state? Want to give your lesson plan an extra boost with original material about your state from ? Check out Songs of America to discover over 84,000 sound recordings, videos, pieces of sheet music, and other material on the history of music in America.

Teachers: bring music into class with ! has +84,000 resources, perfect for any classroom!

Share on Pinterest Get inspired to incorporate music into the classroom with the Library of Congress Pinterest Board All That Jazz, showcasing the faces of the talents who made the music.

Ebooks for Students

Free on ibooks

Teachers: put primary sources in your students’ hands with Student Discovery Sets from . These free ebooks bring together historical artifacts and one-of-a-kind documents on a wide range of topics, from history to science to literature. Interactive tools let students zoom in, draw to highlight details, and conduct open-ended primary source analysis. Full teaching resources are available for each set, available at

Teachers: put in students’ hands with free ebooks from

Be Kind to Books Club

Be Kind to Books Club

Teachers and Librarians: a new school year means a new group of readers!

Teach good book care with fun posters from . Each design features a literary character recruited to teach kids how to take care of their books: Dracula cautions against sun exposure, the Wicked Witch of the West advises avoiding water, and Tarzan suggests keeping books free of dirt.

All five messages are available as posters or bookmarks to download and print from the Library’s website at . See if your students can be members of the "Be Kind to Books Club!”

Librarians: help patrons join the "Be Kind to Books Club," w/ fun posters from

Education Resources from LOC

Students Analyzing Map

Teachers: did you know offers classroom materials and professional development to help you utilize its primary sources?

Lesson plans from the Library are designed to meet Common Core standards, state content standards, and the standards of national organizations. Find the lesson plans and other classroom material at

Teachers: use from in the classroom. Check out for tips & .

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Discover LC Through Blogs

Teachers looking at map

Teachers: did you know that publishes sixteen blogs? These are full of useful insights about the Library's collections and programs, and can direct you to primary sources or other information that you can make use of in your classroom. Explore all of the blogs at , and be sure to share this great resource with your colleagues!

Teachers: has 15 blogs to help put in the classroom:

Find Your State at LC!

Primary Source Sets by State

Teachers: are you looking to incorporate primary sources from your state into your lesson plans? offers free access to more than 45 million rare primary source materials, including maps, photographs, documents, films, sound recordings, and more.

Teachers: amp up with >45 million free from .

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