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Teaching with Primary Sources in Illinois

The Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program has worked alongside Illinois teachers for more than a decade. TPS programs from across our state have connected with classroom teachers through workshops, presentations, institutes, projects and special events. 

We are asking teachers from diverse grade levels and content areas who live in different communities across Illinois to share their personal experiences of using primary sources. A collection of these "testimonials" will be published in a full-color booklet to be shared with Illinois schools and beyond in August 2018. 

We need you! TPS IL partners are reaching out to educators they have worked with to contribute to this project. Will you tell other teachers about a favorite Library of Congress resource and your successful experiences teaching with that primary source? If selected, we will include a page dedicated to your submission with information about you, your school, the Library's resource and a paragraph of narrative based on your comments. 

  • Printable versions of the questions are available here in Word or PDF format.
  • There are five sections. (1) About You, (2) The Class, (3) The Library of Congress Resource, (4) The Task and (5) Reflecting on Teaching
  • Some answers are designated as required but others are optional. Answers should be brief and informal. (Professional language is appreciated, but a thesis is not necessary.)
  • If your submission is selected for publication, we will contact you prior to printing.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Dr. Cindy Rich at  Click the following link for the online Questions and Submission Form or visit



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Check out the Network Intro Video and register to join a community of educators discussing strategies, sharing resources, connecting with colleagues, and more. Be sure to join the TPS EIU Group and any others that interest you. In addition to TPS EIU, I also help lead the Supporting Literacy with Primary Sources and Bookmarks! groups. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me for information or help. I hope to see you on the network! ~ Cindy

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Teachers Page - The Library of Congress offers classroom materials and professional development to help teachers effectively use primary sources from the Library's vast digital collections in their teaching.

Visit for current and historical legislative information.

What is Teaching with Primary Sources?

The Library of Congress, the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution, is the world’s preeminent reservoir of knowledge, providing unparalleled integrated resources to Congress and the American people. Founded in 1800, the Library seeks to further human understanding and wisdom by providing access to knowledge through its magnificent collections, which bring to bear the world’s knowledge in almost all of the world’s languages and America’s private sector intellectual and cultural creativity in almost all formats. The Library seeks to spark the public’s imagination and celebrate human achievement through its programs and exhibits.

In doing so, the Library helps foster the informed and involved citizenry upon which American democracy depends. Today, the Library serves the public, scholars, Members of Congress and their staff—all of whom seek information, understanding and inspiration. Many of the Library’s rich resources and treasures may also be accessed through the Library’s award-winning Web site

The mission of the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program is to: build awareness of the Library’s educational initiatives; provide content that promotes the effective educational use of the Library’s resources; and offer access to and promote sustained use of the Library’s educational resources.

The Library achieves this mission through collaborations between the Library and the K-12 educational community across the United States. The program contributes to the quality of education by helping teachers use the Library’s digitized primary sources to engage students, develop their critical thinking skills and construct knowledge.  Learn more about the Library’s TPS program and other resources available to teachers at

Members of the TPS Educational Consortium assist in the design of the TPS program and offer TPS professional development on an ongoing basis, year round. Visit to view a list of current Consortium members and their respective states.

Funded by a grant from the Library of Congress, the Teaching with Primary Sources program at Eastern Illinois University has been actively collaborating with Central Illinois K-12 educators since the program inception in January 2004.  We are proud to support the goals and mission of the national TPS program through workshops and presentations at no cost. TPS was brought to the EIU campus thanks to the efforts of Senator Dick Durbin.

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