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Posted Jan 28, 2007
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The Library of Congress is now accepting applications for its 2007 Summer Teacher Institutes. The Institutes provide educators from grades 4-12 across the nation with the opportunity to engage in intensive study and exploration of a specific topic using the staff expertise and facilities of the Library of Congress.

Participants in our summer institutes will:

* Discover Library of Congress primary source materials
* Develop strategies for using primary source digital content in teaching
* Engage in inquiry learning in hands-on workshops
* Learn from Library of Congress subject matter experts
* Network with other teachers from across the country and share ideas and experiences
* Leave with a plan for creating a lesson or activity to be used with their students.

The four sessions are:

July 11-13 Incorporating Primary Sources into the Teaching Process

This institute will help teachers take advantage of the instructional power of primary sources—that is, the documents and objects left behind by the participants in past events. Though many teachers are familiar with the importance of primary sources, they are unsure about how to use them in the classroom or how to help students use them in projects. In this workshop, Library of Congress specialists will introduce participants to the unique characteristics of primary sources, while helping explore some of the millions of digitized primary sources available on the Library's Web site. Participants will look at ways to introduce students to primary sources, as well as to help them understand how to use-and cite-primary sources in projects of their own.

July 17-20 Advanced Session: Using Library Resources to Create Lessons

Teachers who have attended the Library's previous summer institutes, or who have served as American Memory Fellows, now have the opportunity to build on their skills with this advanced institute. Participants will work closely with Library staff to improve their skills in searching the Library's Web site, to learn more about using collections at the Library, and to develop primary source-based teaching materials for use in their own classrooms. In addition to attending training sessions with Library staff, participants will undertake intensive individual research in the Library's collections to discover primary source documents that support their teaching goals. By the conclusion of the institute, each participant will have created the initial stages of a lesson plan or other primary source-based learning experience that they can take with them and integrate into their teaching. For previous institute participants or American Memory Fellows only.

July 25-27 Primary Sources and Literature: A Backdrop for Learning

As school systems begin to focus on improving student reading scores on standardized tests, more and more teachers are looking at ways to combine reading with social studies or other classroom subjects. In this institute, participants will learn ways to bring books together with the rich and varied primary source materials that can be found in the Library's collections. By presenting great works of literature in the light of unique historical documents and artifacts, teachers can not only provide their students with a more vivid and engaging reading experience, but can also build the historical understanding and critical-thinking skills students need. Bring several favorite historical children's or young adult fiction books to use for assignments.

August 8-10 Incorporating Primary Sources into the Teaching Process See July 11-13 session

The Institutes are open to all grade 4-12 educators, including teachers, librarians and media specialists, and technology coordinators in public, public charter, private or religiously affiliated schools, as well as home schooling parents. Content is geared to professionals working with students from upper elementary to high school.

Participants may only attend one session and must have experience using the Internet for research. The number of participants for each session is limited to 20. There is no charge for the institute or materials. Participants will be responsible for transportation to and lodging in Washington, D.C.

The deadline to apply for the Summer Institutes is March 15, 2007

Please visit the LOC Web site to register for this event:

Send any questions about the Institutes to

Source: Library of Congress,

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