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Alicia LeRoux

SLIB 670
Fall 2014
VaASL Report--Connecting the Dots: Integrating Primary Sources
into Your Library
Who? This session was presented by Heather Balsley
hbalsley@rcs.k12.va.us , NBCT and Librarian at William Byrd Middle School.
She received a grant from the Library of Congress about primary sources.
You may access her presentation page at this site:
What? The Library of Congress provides a multitude of ways that teachers
and students may access and use primary sources. The LOC offers readymade lessons, teacher guides, primary source sets, and modules for
teachers. NOTE: The LOC website is changed often. Usually, they are trying
to make it more accessible and easier to use.
How? Go to http://www.loc.gov/teachers/ This takes you to the link for
teachers; if you find yourself on the LOC homepage, click the link for
teachers rather than librarians. The librarian link is designed for librarians in
academic/college type libraries. The teacher link contains:
Lesson plans made by teachers
Ability to search by content, SOL, subject, grade level
How to cite primary sources
Primary source sets (continuously added!)
The Teachers Guide and Analysis Tool is great for laptops and
iPads. Students fill in the Analysis Tool when reflecting on a
primary source. After recording their responses, students may
download, email or print. A PDF version is available for printing if
laptops are not available for student use.
If you provide professional development to the teachers in your
building, visit
http://www.loc.gov/teachers/professionaldevelopment/ and click
on the professional development builder. The LOC has modules
ready for you to share with your teachers.
Want to learn more?
One hour, self-directed modules are available at
http://www.loc.gov/teachers/professionaldevelopment. The modules
are about one hour each and you may print out certification of
completion for 1 hour of credit.
Follow the VaASL list-serve; in April, three day institutes will be
announced for the regions of York, Rappahannock, and Potomac
regions (anyone may attend)
Sign up for the LOC list serve; see Teachers section
Example Lesson: Choose a topic and create primary source folders. Print
an analysis form and number each source placed in a folder. Be sure to have
enough folders so students can work in pairs. Each folder should be

identical. Students work together to analyze the sources by recording their

findings on the analysis sheet. Come together as a class to discuss the
findings. Students will be exposed to more than just the basic SOL
information. Helpful Hint: Provide each student with dollar store magnifying
glasses to use when analyzing sources!