Using Library of Congress Resources to Build a Historical Argument

3 Units
Credit Validation

Course Description

Credit Validation for National History Day Only

In partnership with the Library of Congress, National History Day (NHD) is offering a course for teachers to focus on the skills of historical argumentation. The course will include four live webinars with expert historians and culminate in the creation of an individual plan for teachers to use resources from the Library of Congress to teach one of the four skill areas in their classroom in the upcoming semester.

Course Details

Number of Units: 3.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for Grades 4-12 educators enrolled with National History Day.

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What You Will Learn

  • Research and find a variety of sources at the Library of Congress, analyze those primary sources using the Observe-Reflect-Question methodology developed by the Library of Congress
  • Analyze a variety of Library of Congress primary sources for use in the classroom relevant to the current National History Day theme
  • Engage in small-group discussion with similar-grade level peers connecting the content and pedagogical strategies to the classroom
  • Participate in four live webinar programs with leading historians and NHD curriculum specialists
  • Discuss the content in a small section of teachers with similar teaching assignments to help solve common challenges
  • Create a classroom implementation plan fusing primary source(s) from the Library of Congress with an active learning strategy to teach students one of the four skills emphasized in the course (historical context, thesis statements, marshalling evidence, and drawing conclusions


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The University of San Diego’s Division of Professional and Continuing Education offers graduate-level extension credit for work completed in trainings, workshops, conferences, induction, credentials, and other professional development programs not offered directly by USD. Complete one of the above and a member of our division will help you earn credit for your hard work and dedication to continuing your education.

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