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TPS program at Waynesburg University Resources

American Treasures Boxes and Resources CDs 
Collections of primary source documents and an image table with bibliographic information for each artifact and boxes containing printed copies of the artifacts on CD.

Analysis Tools 
Library of Congress analysis tools for analyzing with primary sources. 

Bibliographic Organizer 
A chart to organize primary sources from the Library of Congress 

Book Backdrops 
Popular children’s literature is paired with historical primary sources from the Library of Congress to extend learning across the curriculum. Linking primary sources to literature, making books more relevant, and promoting inquiry-based learning can create motivating and enriching learning experiences for students of all ages. Check out the newest ready-to-implement resources for your classroom or use these examples to create your own.  Template

Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Resources
A list of CCSS resources compiled by the TPS program at Waynesburg University. 

Digitized Local Historic Documents
A collection of historic documents and images local to Waynesburg's TPS area, made available via Flickr. 

Introduction to the Library of Congress
A PowerPoint highlighting the Library of Congress 

Key Considerations for selecting primary sources 

Lesson Plan Template and Guidelines Quick Start Guide

Primary Source Starter Activities (PSSAs)
Just in time to keep those “speedy” test-takers busy while others finish their work…. PSSAs are quick and easy to implement—anytime you need a filler-activity. These ready-to-implement classroom activities are perfect for quiet, independent completion. Each activity includes a student worksheet focused on an historical image as well as supplemental information for teacher use. These engaging critical thinking activities are perfect for students from upper elementary through 12th grade. 

Professional Development Activities 

Resource Manual 

Teachers Page Quick Start Guide
The Library of Congress offers classroom materials and professional development to help teachers effectively use primary sources from the Library's vast digital collections in their teaching. Explore what the Teachers Page can do for you today! 

Thematic Resource Guides
Topics include: African American History Month, Women's History Month and the United States Constitution  

Windows Movie Maker Tutorial



Classroom Activities Developed by TPS program at Waynesburg University Staff 

Invention Convention Lesson Plan
Using primary source documents of inventions to develop cause and effect interpretation skills. 

Map Analysis Example: Scott's Great Snake
How can one identify bias in a primary source?

Presidents Activities:
Abraham Lincoln
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Teddy Roosevelt
George Washington
Using primary source documents of past presidents to determine leadership traits needed for a successful contemporary president. 

Presidents' Song
A YouTube Video that teaches students the names of the presidents with a song to the tune of Ten Little Indian Boys performed by Addie & Frank Pazzynski. 


Teacher Projects Developed in TPS program Workshops 

Friendship Village Remembers World War II
Movies about the residents of Friendship Village, a retirement community in South Hill, PA, World War II memories. Created by graduate students from Waynesburg University. 

John O'Hara Movies
Movies created from John O'Hara's Fact & Folklore and More Fact & Folklore, which are comprised of stories from John O'Hara's column in the Waynesburg Republican.  

New Deal projects developed Spring 2012
Teacher-developed resources focused on various aspects of the New Deal Era. 

Oral History Movies developed Summer 2005
Example Project utilizing Microsoft PowerPoint
Session I
Session II
Session III 

Oral Histories developed Fall 2005 


Classroom Projects Developed by TPS program Teachers and their K-12 Students 

Greene County Remembers the Cold War
A Thesis Project on the Cold War created by Central Greene's Bill Speakman's AP US History class in the Spring of 2005. 

The Illustrated Day of Infamy
President Franklin D. Roosevelt's famous words brought to life by Jefferson-Morgan High School graphic arts students using Library of Congress historic photographs. 

Trinity History
The History of Trinity Hall in Washington, PA. Created by a group of teachers and students from Trinity High School. 

Windows on Waynesburg
Oral History Project created by Ms. Buchanan's Central Greene elementary and middle school students in Spring of 2005. 


Other Projects 

"A Look Back" The W.A. Young & Son's Foundry & Machine Shop
A local history project, created by Barbara Kirby's Fall 2006 Service Learning class. 

Drawn To America Ellis Island Project: OASIS Pittsburgh and the Library of Congress
This project combines creative writing with oral history in the documenting of American immigrant stories. Four members of OASIS Pittsburgh, a unique educational program for senior adults wrote their family stories for the Ellis Island- Statue of Liberty Foundation “Tell Us Your Story” project. These stories were then enriched by scanned family photographs and images from the digital archives at the Library of Congress. Each author recorded her own story that was used for the narration of the story videos. 

Manchester Academic Charter School Student Projects 

Poetry and Art of Liverpool Street Landmarks: a collection of sketches and poems by Manchester Academic Charter School students. During this neighborhood walking tour of the historic Manchester neighborhood in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, one hundred elementary school students examined architectural details of landmark buildings that were built in the 1870s. Back in their classroom they wrote poetry and drew charcoal sketches from photographs of those same buildings. This project was sponsored by the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation. Funding was provided by the Alfred M. Oppenheimer Memorial Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation.

Growing Up Manchester: an oral history project brought 7th and 8th grade students from the Manchester Academic Charter School and senior residents of their neighborhood together. In the interviews, students learned about the economic, political and social changes that occurred in this urban community over the past 75 years. Short documentary videos were made using local and national primary source documents archived at Historic Pittsburgh and the Library of Congress.    

Remembering Mather
A short documentary of Mather, a small coal mining town in southwestern Pennsylvania. Created by Barbara Kirby's Fall 2005 Service Learning class. 

Social History of the United States: Melting Pot or Salad Bowl?
This publication is meant to serve as a case study—a sampling of the ways pre-service teachers use primary source materials in developing learning activities for the classroom. It is hoped that a thorough analysis of these lessons will provide the reader with examples that lead to further discussion about the various ways primary source materials can be integrated effectively toward the improvement of education in K-12 classrooms. Secondary social studies pre-service educators investigated the struggles America has encountered throughout the nation’s history in striving for racial, ethnic, gender, and social equality. Each pre-service educator used this theme as underpinning for the development of a learning unit focused on a given time period in American history. 

The Statue of General Nathanael Greene
Details of the renovation of the statue of General Greene that is on the top of the Greene County Courthouse in Waynesburg, PA. Created by TPS Student Worker, Jennifer Smith in the Spring of 2005.  


Additional Resources 

Lesson Plans at the Library of Congress 

Library of Congress

Library of Congress Facebook Page 

Library of Congress iTunes U 

Library of Congress Magazine 

Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Journal

National History Day 

PA Department of Education Standards Aligned System




Content created and featured in partnership with the TPS program does not indicate an endorsement by the Library of Congress.