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Virginia Journal of Education

Teach with Primary Sources
From Library of Congress

From photographs taken during Civil War battles, to documents from the American civil rights movement, to lesson plans for teaching To Kill a Mockingbird, the Library of Congress has classroom materials and professional development tools designed to help you incorporate primary sources from the Library’s large digital collections into your teaching.
The Library’s website offers access to more than 19 million primary source documents, including maps, historical manuscripts and more, along with a “Teacher’s Page” offering tutorials, student activities and webcasts on subjects such as history, literature, civics and government. All materials are tested by teachers and standards-based.
To access the Library’s collections, visit

Helping Students
Navigate the Economy

As the American and global economy ebbs and flows in unpredictable and dramatic ways, our students need, more than ever, to be equipped with some solid economic information. At the Virginia Council on Economic Education (VCEE) website, you can access:

• A special section on resources for young students in grades K-3;
• Links to effective economics curricula and lesson plans;
• Links to other organizations that can help;
• Information on relevant Virginia and national standards; and
• A curriculum focusing on sustainable development.

There is also a lineup of workshops available for teachers and information about the statewide network of university-based Centers for Economic Education around Virginia supported by VCEE.

For more information, visit

Virginia Illustrator Creates
New Children’s Book

Charlottesville-based illustrator Mike Uriss has created an interactive children’s book for young and/or struggling readers. It’s called Critteriddles and is set up as a description of different animals, whose identity children are then invited to guess.

“These riddles for young listeners are sprinkled with big-kids words that help develop child vocabulary,” Mike says. “The illustrations are very much like those my kids used to make.”

Critteriddles is available on, but you can pay only $6.55 a copy by contacting Mike directly at


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