Teaching with Primary Sources series for Colorado teachers to focus on Ludlow Massacre
A professional development series for teachers of grades K-12 that focuses on the Ludlow Massacre. 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the massacre, an attack on a tent colony of 1,200 striking miners in Ludlow, Colo. by the Colorado National Guard and camp guards that resulted in the deaths of dozens of people, including women and children.
“The Ludlow Massacre: Examining Labor Relations through Primary Sources” series will use newspapers and primary sources to examine the 1914 event from multiple points of view. The series is the result of a partnership between the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program, MSU Denver, The Denver Post, History Colorado and the TPS Teachers Network
The series, originally defined to be four experiences, also includes an introduction to Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Source as a self-directed study, so we like to say there are five “experiences” for participants:
Part 1, Self Directed Education on Library of Congress and Teaching with Primary Sources
- Introduction to the Library of Congress
Get an overview of the digitized materials and K-12 resources from the Library of Congress.
- Supporting Inquiry with Primary Sources
Teachers and students demonstrate how primary sources can be used to support inquiry learning. Inquiry encourages students to draw on their prior knowledge, personal experiences and critical thinking skills to construct meaning.
- Copyright and Primary Sources
Learn how to evaluate primary sources from the Library’s collections for the best use within copyright. Listen to several teachers as they evaluate the use of primary sources for use with their students.
- Analyzing Primary Sources: Photographs and Prints
Learn how photographs and prints from the Library’s collections can increase student engagement in the classroom.
- Analyzing Primary Sources: Maps
Learn instructional strategies for using maps in the classroom.
- Finding Primary Sources
Understand the breadth and depth of the Library’s collections and listen to teachers as they find primary sources for their students.
- Introduction to the Library of Congress
Part 2, the Ludlow Google Hangout Experience
With local experts—including MSU Denver Associate Professors Todd Laugen and Matthew Makley—speaking on related topics via real-time video that will be recorded and made available via YouTube.
July 9: Primary Source Hangout | Join Robin Butterhof & Georgia Higley from the Library of Congress, Mary McCarthy from the CO Historic Newspaper Collection, and Dana Plewka from Denver Post Educational Services as they share their knowledge on using primary sources related to the Ludlow Massacre.
August 11: Exhibit Hangout | Join Dr. William (Bill) Convery, Director of Exhibits & Interpretation and State Historian at History Colorado | Children of Ludlow, Don Dequinn, Director of El Pueblo Museum
- September 22: Historian/Educator Hangout
Part 3, the Ludlow Classroom Experience
An in-person session at the History Colorado Center dedicated to discovering new strategies for teaching the Ludlow Massacre using primary sources. Lead by scholar, historian and author Thomas G. Andrews from the University of Colorado.
The Inquiry Process
Part 4, the Ludlow Field Experience
The Ludlow Field Experience takes participants to the Ludlow Tent Colony National Historic Landmark, the local Trinidad, Colorado cemetery and the El Pueblo Museum in Pueblo, Colorado taking a thematic tour through the story of the Ludlow Massacre and the .
Part 5, the Ludlow Social Media Experience
The Social Media experience will involve discussions via the TPS Teachers Network, a professional online discussion group that MSU Denver developed and is piloting, dedicated to teachers who want to incorporate primary sources into their classrooms.
Funded by a grant from the Library of Congress, the TPS program at MSU Denver promotes the use of primary sources in instruction by offering free professional development opportunities for K-12 educators (in-service and pre-service) across the country. MSU Denver coordinates the TPS Western Regional chapter, which includes Colorado and 14 western states.
Mobile Learning with Primary Sources and Story of Where
Colorado Newspapers in Education
PBS – American Experience