by Bethany Johnsen
Students are never too young to start engaging with primary sources, as the exciting blog post Kindergarten Historians demonstrates. The lesson on how mail was carried historically can be used in your gifted classroom, since its materials—a short film of a train taking up a mailbag, a short film of a postal worker collecting mail, a photo of men working in a railway mail train—are all available on the Library of Congress website.
Teaching With the Library of Congress is an enormously time-saving resource for any teacher interested in cultivating young historians. It offers 32 primary source sets complete with a four-section Teacher's Guide: Historical Background, Suggestions for Teachers, Additional Resources, and Primary Sources With Citations. Many, such as American Authors in the Nineteenth Century and Civil War Music, have applications to other areas of the humanities. It's time to push those textbooks aside and start digging!