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An Engaged Citizenry: Using Primary Sources in Civics and Government


General Information

The Library of Congress’ Teaching with Primary Sources Program offers unparalleled online teaching resources, particularly primary sources that illustrate our nation’s development and civic functions. In An Engaged Citizenry: Using Primary Sources in Civics and Government, Maine teachers will explore civics through the lens of three topics: the Constitution, relationships with Native Americans, and emancipation. These will be used as “case studies” to understand how to best integrate primary sources—from the Library of Congress and local archives—into the classroom.

Through these three topics, and their related primary sources, participants will create lesson plans using inquiry-based methods, build their historical thinking skills, and acquire tools to implement ongoing primary source exploration with their students. Project partners will include Maine Historical Society (and their Maine Memory Network), the Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI), and local archives.

An Engaged Citizenry will be available during the 2012-13 school year and consists of a one-day kickoff in July, three webinars in the fall semester, and a culminating lesson or unit plan due in January 2013. Upon successful completion of the program, participants will receive a $50 stipend.

CEUs will be available.



One-day kickoff session, July 2012

The program will begin with a one-day session in July 2012. To reach as many districts as possible, we will offer three identical sessions:

1. University of Maine, Presque Isle: July 23, 2012

2. University of Maine, Orono: July 24, 2012

3. Bowdoin College, Brunswick: July 25, 2012

Each one-day kickoff will include:

Webinars, Fall 2012

All participants will attend three webinars, to be held in September and October of 2012, designed to build knowledge about resources, as well as to reinforce implementation skills learned in the face-to-face meetings.

Lesson/unit plan project, January 2013

Each teacher or team will produce a lesson or unit plan using the Library of Congress primary sources and local resources. Final plans will be shared statewide on the Maine Historical Society’s Maine Memory Network website.

Sign Up:

Participation will be on a first-come, first-served basis, with 45 teachers accepted in Brunswick, 35 in Orono, and 20 in Presque Isle. Teams of teachers and/or administrators are encouraged to apply.

To register, fill out the electronic form and submit it. We will send you a confirmation when we receive your completed registration form.

Thank you!

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This program is sponsored in part by the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Eastern Region Program, coordinated by Waynesburg University.

Questions: Call Anne Schlitt at (207) 773-5051 or e-mail