6-8 Resources

Pre-1865

1775 Colonial Newspaper Article

Smithsonian Barbara Clark Smith looks at what a colonial newspaper article[...] »

The Salem Witch Trials

Absolving the guilty and punishing the innocent. Historian Elizabeth Reis[...] »

Post-1865

The Thomas Jefferson Building: Secret Messages
Detail, The Thomas Jefferson Building homepage

What messages are hidden in art and architecture? Explore the Library of[...] »

What Does It Mean to Be an American?

An 8th-grade teacher asks: Was early 20th-century America a "melting pot" or[...] »

Classroom Tools

Historical Thinking & Literacy

Media Analysis Tools
Photo, Dwellers in Circleville's Hooverville, 1938, Ben Shahn, LoC

These worksheets from the Library of Congress help students analyze primary[...] »

Using Technology

Geo-Literacy Project: Students Explore Their World

Teacher Eva La Mar's third graders become historians, writers, and[...] »