Mary Beth Scumaci, clinical assistant professor, and Judy Bradbury, adjunct instructor, presented at the New York State Reading Association’s 2011 Annual Conference: Connecting Multiple Literacies in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. These School of Education faculty members provided an in-depth introduction to the Library of Congress’s expansive “Teaching with Primary Sources” web site (www.loc.gov) and offered instructive examples and a detailed demonstration of selected features of particular use to teachers and librarians working with children from grades K-12.
Participants had an opportunity to become familiar with recently published children’s and young adult trade books that correspond with and support content area instruction and utilize and exemplify primary source material. Distinctions between primary and secondary sources were discussed, and connections to NYS P-12 Common Core Standards were highlighted. The presentation utilized the theme of Abraham Lincoln to illustrate how teachers and librarians can scaffold instruction using primary sources by integrating use of the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources website and trade books throughout the curriculum.