Library of Congress Regional Grant Dealing with Primary Sources: Importance of Writing in the New World of Social Studies and Common Core
This project, awarded to McComb School District, trained teachers from thirteen different school districts across the southwest part of Mississippi. These educators were part of a Teaching American History grant and had had knowledge of the Understanding By Design teaching strategy. They used resources from the Library of Congress and the DBQ Project to gain a deeper understanding of activities shown and created during a three-day workshop.
In this award given to Mississippi State University, pre-service and in-service teachers were brought together to improve their ability to teach students to think historically using primary sources from the Library of Congress. This project emphasized the importance of informational text in the curriculum and meeting the Common Core State Standards goals. The project resulted in significant changes to the course design of undergraduate and graduate social studies methods courses.