6-8 Resources

Pre-1865

The Salem Witch Trials

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

Founding Mothers
wood engraving, Mrs. William S. Smith (Abigail Adams), Thomas Addis Emmet, NYPL

Sharp quills did the bidding of the even sharper intellects of the[...] »

Post-1865

Teaching the Transcontinental Railroad

From Chinese immigrants to the Golden Spike, explore the history of the[...] »

Television News of the Civil Rights Era
Image, Television News of the Civil Rights Era 1950-1970, 2005, UVa.

View contemporary coverage of the Civil Rights Movement from two Roanoke, VA[...] »

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

History Hitting Home: Children's History, Local History, and Digital Storytelling
Photo, Four black boys sitting on a cannon by a waterfront, W Jackson, 1902, LoC

Children's history, local history, and digital media—combine the three to[...] »