I was checking a list of blogs that I review every evening, and J.L. Bell’s Boston 1775 blog site (March 20, 1009 entry) provided the link to the Library of Congress page discussed below. Bell produces articles – pretty much on a daily basis – investigating the history of Boston during the Revolutionary Era – with a lot of primary documents, quotes, and sites mentioned in the articles. It helps that he’s a highly qualified and informative writer and presenter who knows and loves the history of the area and the era.
A resource our teachers may want to bookmark is: The American Revolution and Its Era: Maps and Charts of North America and the West Indies, 1750-1789. This Library of Congress resource provides a number of maps that can be used in the classroom as part of student research, a PowerPoint lesson, personal knowledge, or other aspects of classroom instruction. It does take a while to go through the large selection of maps available, but it could be well worth the time to visit the site.
The use of primary resources – whether they are letters, quotes, documents, pictures, or maps – can provide a valuable addition to the Social Studies classroom. For more information on the training we held – as well as notes from that training – visit our Social Studies Website.