Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) Western Region

@ Metropolitan State University of Denver

Funded by a grant from the Library of Congress, the Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) Western Region at MSU Denver  serves 16 Western States by offering grants to organizations that plan to integrate the Library’s resources into educational programs and teaching materials.

The TPS Western Region also administers the TPS Teachers Network which is a professional learning community centered on Library of Congress primary sources. Join today at tpsteachersnetwork.org.

The Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) Consortium fosters collaborations between members, Library of Congress staff, and the broader community to increase the educational value of Library’s collections for learners representing diverse communities, perspectives, and endeavors. Learn more about the TPS Partner Program on the Library of Congress Website.

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National Heritage Months, Holidays, and Primary Sources

*This article was published in the TPS Teachers Network on October 12, 2022,  and written by Mary Johnson, TPS Teachers Network Manager. If you grew up carving jack-o-lanterns, making green and red construction paper garlands, or filling May baskets with popcorn and lilies of the valley, you probably have a fond childhood memory of honoring […]

Brain Movers – Plug and Play Primary Source Analysis

Tl;dr: Brain Movers is another teaching tool you can put in your toolbox that works synchronously or asynchronously, and online or offline. Forty-seven Brain Movers explained in detail below can be freely accessed and used to build visual literacy skills through quick, repetitious primary source analysis. We encourage you to copy and adapt them for […]

Understanding Environmental Impacts on Mark Twain’s Writing

Many writers, including Mark Twain, were heavily influenced by their environment. Before Huck and Jim decide to travel along the Mississippi River in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, for example, the book starts in St. Petersburg, Missouri, which was based on his hometown, Hannibal, in the same state. Even where Huck and Jim meet, Jackson’s […]