Category Archives: library

How I use “Discrepant Event Inquiry” in my classroom

A few years ago, I was introduced to “Discrepant Event Inquiry” from Glenn Wiebe. (Here is another post about it from his History Tech blog). The idea is that you take an image and only reveal a little bit at a time. As I reveal a little bit of the picture, the students must guess Who is in the picture, What is happening, When was the photograph taken, and Where is this taking place. This encourages students to think outside the box and it also does WONDERS with questioning and how to ask the right questions. Naturally, I turned this into a competition. Continue reading How I use “Discrepant Event Inquiry” in my classroom

“I Still Like Ike” & A “History Day” Training Opportunity

I had the great privilege this week of attending a meeting at the Eisenhower Library in Abilene, KS.  The purpose was to identify concretely some ways the partnership between K-State and the Eisenhower Library, Museum, and Boyhood Home could continue to grow.  The experience was wonderful as we were able to visit the Director’s office which at one time was occupied President Eisenhower himself.  Additionally, I was afforded the opportunity to go through the museum, which was fabulous!  Great exhibits were filled with the artifacts of the life and times of the president.  Continue reading “I Still Like Ike” & A “History Day” Training Opportunity

Library of Congress Primary Source Sets

LOClogoIf you’re a US or World history teacher and are looking for great primary sources, you only have to go as far as the Library of Congress Teacher page. The LOC has so much great stuff, it’s sometimes hard to get out of there.

But I especially love the work the LOC staff has done to create what they call Primary Source Sets. Primary Source Sets are collections of goodies that focus on a particular theme or topic. I’ve added information below for 25 of my favorite sets but be sure to check out the entire list. You also can search the sets by specific state standards.

For each set, you get a downloadable Teacher’s Guide with historical context, instructional suggestions and links to more online resources.  This is exactly the sort of stuff that the newly approved Kansas state standards are asking us to use with our kids. You also get a ton of primary sources and analysis worksheets. It’s a very cool place to find stuff that can engage our students in content and historical thinking.

My favs in alphabetical order: Continue reading Library of Congress Primary Source Sets