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Webquesting at the Library of Congress

 

Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources program Level Descriptions

Level Two: Evaluate, create and teach subject-specific, standards-based learning experiences that integrate primary sources from the Library of Congress and exemplify instructional best practices. 

Best Instructional Practices 
Differentiated Instruction - Curriculum Differentiation is a broad term referring to the need to tailor teaching environments and practices to create appropriately different learning experiences for different students. Many of these WebQuests differentiate by expanding the content beyond existing print and media materials to include the rich digital archives of the Library of Congress. Process is also differentiated in these WebQuests when students are challenged to think creatively, collaboratively and critically. Many of these WebQuests speak to a variety of learning styles in both content and process.
Inquiry Learning - Inquiry is a process of active learning that is driven by questioning and critical thinking. The understandings that students develop through inquiry are deeper and longer lasting than any pre-packaged knowledge delivered by teachers to students. Inquiry-based learning follows a process that progresses through phases, but is recursive and reflective throughout.
Teaching for Understanding – These projects exemplify TFU by using Generative Topics that have multiple connections to students' interests and experiences and can be learned in a wide variety of ways. They also include “performance understanding” by using activities that both develop and demonstrate students' understanding of the generative topics by requiring them to use what they know in new ways.
WebQuest – All projects listed below follow the guidelines provided by Bernie Dodge and Tom March. The uniqueness is that only Library of Congress primary documents are used to engage students in real-life problem solving. The WebQuests follow a learning cycle of ITO: Input of information (LOC documents), Transformation of information (thinking process), and Output (final student product). Throughout the WebQuests, formative and summative assessment rubrics are provided.

Pennsylvania Standards Aligned System 

Common Core Standards 

Author
(listed alphabetically by author)
Title, Grade Level and Description 
Sarah BraxtonPerspectives in Art
Designed for 6th grade library students. Essential question: How does art reflect life?
Jennifer BrockmanFrom Germany to Panem-- It's Time to Prove Your Loyalty. Kill or Be Killed.
Designed for 8th grade and beyond. Essential question: What makes propaganda effective in persuading people to believe in a cause? 
Andrea Buchanan The Great Me, the Webquest-ion of Who Am I?  
A counseling WebQuest designed for all grade levels. This WebQuest will appeal to the visual learner and those who learn best through peer interaction. Addresses PA academic standards for career education and work K-12   
Ann Canning From Baseball to Rock & Roll 
Designed for 5th grade social studies. Essential question: How does interdependence change popular culture? Addresses NCSS standard IX, understand the increasingly important and diverse global connections among world societies.   
 WebQuesting at the Library of Congress 
Designed for teachers. Essential question: How can you use WebQuesting at the Library of Congress in
your classroom? 
Stephen Capraro First Glimpse of a New World
Designed for 7th grade history. Essential question: What do you want to know about the New World? 
Charles ElferNew World Exploration Revisited
Designed for students of World History. Essential question: Was European Exploration of the New World a Triumph or a Tragedy?
Patricia Eyer Performers, Politics and Pop Culture 
Designed for 8th through 12th grade social studies. Essential question: How Does Humor Impact Public Perception of Current Events and Politics? 
Heather FlowerFrom Germany to Panem-- It's Time to Prove Your Loyalty. Kill or Be Killed. 
Designed for 8th grade and beyond.  Essential question: What makes propaganda effective in persuading people to believe in a cause?
Kristin Gagnon From Homemakers to Rosie the Riveter: how the workforce changed from the Great Depression to World War II
Designed for 9 – 12 grade American history students. Essential question: How did the roles of women in the workforce change between the Great Depression and World War II? 
Ed Hanley A Lifestyle Forgotten 
Designed for 8th grade social studies. Essential question: How would today’s child occupy, amuse, or entertain themselves with out the use of electricity? Addresses PA standards for history, reading, writing, listening and speaking. 
Lauren Hanley
Carpenter
A Lifestyle Forgotten 
Designed for 8th grade social studies. Essential question: How would today’s child occupy, amuse, or entertain themselves with out the use of electricity? Addresses PA standards for history, reading, writing, listening and speaking. 
James Hassett Individual & Group Perspectives as Cultures Clash in the American West 
Designed for 5th grade social studies, geography and language arts. Essential question: How did the ambitions of the settlers clash with the rights and cultures of the Native Americans?
Kathy Heidler A Forgotten War 
Designed for 5th grade language arts. Essential question: How does military life in South Korea today compare to military life during the Korean War?
 Thomas Jefferson: 21st Century Man 
Designed for 5th grade. Essential question: Would you vote for Thomas Jefferson for president today? Addresses PA standards for history, math, technology & reading, writing, speaking and listening.
Frank Hunter CRASH! 
Designed for 10th grade American history. Essential question: What can we learn about ourselves by studying the causes and events leading up to World War I?
Stevie KlineTurning S.T.E.M into S.T.E.A.M. 
An interdisciplinary WebQuest designed for 9th through 12th grade. Essential question: How is art essential to creativity and innovation? 
Katie Krocsko Billy Yank vs Johnny Reb 
Designed for middle school social studies. Essential question: How was life different in the North than it was in the South? 
 Days of Infamy 
Designed for 8th grade history. Essential question: How does a national tragedy Influence individuals of that nation?
Linda LeeCostuming Wizardry: Past and Present
Designed for 11 – 12 grade English. Essential question: How have costuming techniques today become more symbolic compared to stage productions of the last century?  
Joyce MasonTurning S.T.E.M into S.T.E.A.M. 
An interdisciplinary WebQuest designed for 9th through 12th grade. Essential question: How is art essential to creativity and innovation? 
Colleen Nelson Picasso's Dog 
Designed for 3rd & 4th grade. Essential question: What makes Artwork WORK?? Addresses PA standards for production, performance & exhibition of dance, music and theatre & visual arts.
Katalin Nyikos Civil Liberties vs. National Security: WWII Japanese Internment as a Case Study using SCIM-C and LOC Primary Sources 
Designed for 9th-12th grade Social Studies/History. Essential question: What is the reasonable balance between a country’s need for security in times of political crisis/war and the civil liberties of its citizens?
Kristine Schiffbauer Timeless Type: Exploring Typography in Early American Printing 
Designed for for post-secondary digital design fundamentals. Essential question: What typographic techniques have stood the test of time?
Kelly Six American Dreamers 
Designed for 8th grade reading and language arts. Essential question: What type of American Dreamer would YOU have been? 
Amy Weinstock (Martin) HerStory 
Designed for 8th grade American history and language arts. Essential question: How did American women of the past affect my future?
Cheryl White Amerique or America? 
Designed for 8th grade US history and technology education. Essential question: How would your life be different if the French had won the French and Indian War? Addresses PA standards for history, science and technology.
Dave White Amerique or America? 
Designed for 8th grade US history and technology education. Essential question: How would your life be different if the French had won the French and Indian War? Addresses PA standards for history, science and technology.
Ann Willard Hanging Out with Lewis & Clark 
Designed for 8th grade US history. Essential question: How challenging and exciting was the first official journey across our continent from your perspective?
Jeanne Williams Making Connections: How Oral Histories Connect Us to the Past, Present & Future 
Designed for 5th through 8th grade social studies. Essential question: How does learning about someone's life experiences connect you to them, to your family and to your community?
Zachary WilsonThe Little Guys in the Great War 
Designed for 11th grade social studies. Essential question: What was the Great War like for the little guys?
Amanda Wise Mapping the National Parks 
Designed for 3rd grade social studies. Essential question: Would you be willing to give your land to the government for the development of a new national park? Addresses PA standards for history, geography & reading, writing, speaking and listening.
Sue WiseHerStory 
Designed for 8th grade American history and language arts. Essential question: How did American women of the past affect my future?
Beth WoodwardMapping Sherman’s March
Designed for 5th grade social studies. Essential question: What was the most important result of General Sherman’s “March to the Sea”?


 

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