Thinking Like a Historian

4-Week Online Courses


Tuesday January 23 – Wednesday February 21, 2024


Asynchronous, Online


22.5 PDPs; 1 graduate credit ($160)


Partnership educators: no cost (other than fee for 1 graduate credit)
Non-partnership educators: $750 (plus fee for 1 graduate credit)

Especially for grades K-6

How can we use digitized primary sources to bring history to life for primary students? This 4-week asynchronous online course introduces elementary educators to exciting instructional practices for their social studies lessons, with a content focus on immigration. Immigration and the development of diverse ethnic communities in the United States are topics addressed in multiple content standards of the elementary curriculum. And in today’s diverse classrooms, understanding immigration–and teaching about it with sensitivity– is a priority for every culturally responsive educator. Immigration history is richly represented in the holdings of the Library of Congress, the funding partner for this course, with print, photographic, early silent film, and audio sources that hold great appeal for elementary learners. Participants will utilize these and other engaging resources that show how our society has been shaped and enriched by newcomers for more than a century.

[2.T3.1] Investigate reasons why people migrate (move) to different places around the world, recognizing that some migration is voluntary, some forced
[2.T3.4]  Identify what individuals and families bring with them when they move to a different place and identify the significant impacts of migration
[2.T3.2] Give examples of why the United States is called “a nation of immigrants”
[4.T4a.5] Describe the diverse cultural nature of the region including ….19th and early 20th century immigration by groups
[4.T4.4] Explain that many different groups of people immigrated to the United States from other places voluntarily and some were brought to the United States against their will

Registration Information

Partnership Educators:

Registration must be approved through your school district. Contact your school district’s Primary Source representative with your request.

Non-partnership Educators:

Register using the form below.


Contact Sara Clamage at

Registration is ongoing until the course is filled.


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