Last year, our TV’s were taken over by the 2012 Presidential Debate.  Democrats and Republicans were making promises to the American people to win votes.  On November 6th, 2012, millions of Americans went to the polls to vote for a leader to run our beautiful country.  Americans spoke and chose President Barack Obama, the Democratic nominee, to remain President for another term.

Obama Beats Romney in a Feisty Battle

  • How do you feel that our President is doing leading our country?
  • How can you convey to your students the complexity of this job?
  • How can you encourage the involvement of your students in future elections?

We have the answer for you…help your students discover a vast knowledge of election materials using the collections found on The Library of Congress’ website.

There you will locate a number of collections with material to use this month including lesson plans and themed collections.  These will be valuable resources for your lesson plans.

Helpful Primary Sources:

Elections Done the American Way.

Prints and Photographs. Collection – Elections

Performing Arts Encyclopedia.Elections

Requirements for the President of the United States.

American Memory Timeline. A comprehensive look at America’s history, through primary sources … a teacher’s wish come true!

Inaugurations: Stepping into History. Discover what inauguration ceremonies over the centuries can teach us about our changing nation and the leaders who have shaped it.

Featured Lesson Plans From Past Participants:

What is the Common Factor from Kennedy to Lincoln?This project was designed by Chris Boswell.  Students find the commonalities in the personalities and presidencies of John F. Kennedy and Abraham Lincoln. They will be looking for which of those commonalities might have led to the assassinations of each of these great men.

Teddy Roosevelt Killed Bigfoot?  This is an exploratory introduction to the sage of Teddy Roosevelt’s Presidency, written by Mr.Freehan, a teacher at Lincoln Way. 


Apply for Spring EDUC 7212– Digital Primary Sources will be Saturdays (9:00AM– 4:00PM).  First 20 applicants’ tuition paid though a grant provided by the Library of Congress!

This graduate course will help teachers in their design of inquiry-based lessons that use the rich reservoir of primary sources.

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EDUC 7212:  Teaching with Primary Sources

  • 3 hr Graduate Course Credits
  • Fully Paid Tuition Still Available
  • Learn to Use Audio, Photos, Manuals, & Other Primary Sources to Support CCSS

 With the awareness that CCSS is required for your lesson plans, our TPS-GSU EDUC 7212 course is designed to help you achieve CCSS goals while also assisting to expand your technology skills.


Our goal is to combine these skills in our courses to both enhance and simplify professional development for you.

Join us for SPRING EDUC 7212

Teaching with Primary Sources

on site at Governors State University


Classes will be held from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

on the following Saturdays:

Feb. 1, 8, 22, Mar. 1, 22, 29, and Apr. 12  



One-step registration below …

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==>NEW to GSU?  NEW STUDENTS are required to apply first.

Two-step registration process as follows …


If you are not a recently registered student at GSU then you must pay an application fee – only $50.00  – to begin the registration process.


CLICK HERE to apply for your new GSU student ID and password



After you apply, you will receive a student ID and password … then you can register for EDUC 7212: Teaching with Primary Sources – on site at GSU.


CLICK HERE to register after receiving your student ID and password 


We encourage you to register TODAY!

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