Essentials Exploration

This Level One hands-on workshop introduces participants to the vast collection of digitized primary sources on the Library of Congress website, along with teacher resources and strategies for engaging students with primary sources. In this workshop, you will investigate informational texts, explore ways to enhance visual literacy and practice strategies to promote critical thinking and hypothesis testing through interaction with primary sources in a variety of formats. Essentials Exploration is offered at as a one-day workshop at central locations on a regular basis and can also be offered at your school or district site.

Waldseemüller Map

This introductory workshop is a prerequisite for all other TPS offerings.

Essentials Exploration Interactive Agenda

Essentials Exploration for Homeschoolers


Current News

New resource: Book Backdrops developed by our summer institue participants.

Calendar of Events:

Coming this Fall 2015

Transforming America: America in the Gilded Age (Date to be announced soon)

Other offerings this fall will be Essentials Exploration and a Special Topics workhop focused on WWII