Delaware's Teaching Information Literacy Through Primary Sources project aspires to expand the current focus of information and media literacy beyond the civics classrooms and into history lessons using comparable historical contexts through primary sources available through the Library of Congress. The distribution of misinformation has been a problem that has ebbed and flowed throughout the course of history.
Lesson writing teams, comprised of Delaware teachers from grades 4 – 12, create and field test standards-based lessons for the Delaware Recommended Curriculum that incorporate a variety of Library of Congress primary source materials. Lesson authors and project staff provide professional learning opportunities to 120 practicing teachers and 175 pre-service teachers. By supporting the ongoing use of these lessons and facilitating their adoption into the state social studies curriculum PDCE equips teachers with the tools they need to foster the habits of mind fundamental to active, informed citizenship.
Delaware's Teaching Civics with Primary Sources project aspires to improve the quality of instruction in Delaware's social studies classrooms by raising awareness of resources available through the Library of Congress, by modeling how those resources can be accessed and integrated into lesson plans, and by providing professional development in the use of the Library of Congress and Teaching with Primary Sources websites.
Ten accomplished lesson writers develop standards-based civics lessons that integrate primary sources from the Library of Congress under the guidance of project staff. The authors and staff offer guided practice in the use of the lessons to 135 practicing teachers and 150 pre-service teachers. The project's lessons become part of the Delaware Recommended Curriculum for ongoing use statewide.