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The Tennessee State Library and Archives (TSLA) is a great resource for teachers seeking primary sources for use in classroom instruction. Educators and students are welcome to utilize our website or visit us in person to access these primary source materials.  
The Tennessee State Library and Archives Education Outreach E-Newsletter features the most current education-related news from TSLA.  For more information about education outreach at TSLA, contact Kelly Wilkerson at Kelly.Wilkerson@tn.gov or visit our website.
Primary Source of the Month
Sheet music can be a great primary source for use in classroom instruction. Sheet music generally features great decorative images on the front page, and the lyrics often reveal popular thinking at the time of an historical event. This song, “Over There” (words and music by George M. Cohan), was written as the United States decided to enter World War I by declaring war on Germany. Composer of one of the most popular songs of the war period, Cohan would later earn a Congressional Medal of Honor for his patriotic music.  A transcription of the lyrics  is included with the image in our Tennessee Virtual Archive (TeVA). Click on the image to follow the link to TeVA. .
To further interpret this song, please use our analysis worksheet for sheet music  found under Classroom Resources at our website. 
Social Studies Standards met: 5.42, US.26
Want more?
Several resources are available at TSLA to help you further explore World War I. To learn more, visit our online exhibit “The Volunteer State Goes to War: A Salute to Tennessee Veterans,” or any of the three following Tennessee Virtual Archive (TeVA) collections: Tennessee in World War I, Puryear Family Photograph Albums, and Alvin C. York Collection.   
TSLA’s Summer Teacher Institute 
Twenty-two Tennessee teachers recently participated in the Tennessee State Library and Archives (TSLA) summer teacher institute on "The Forgotten Conflict: Teaching the War of 1812 in Tennessee." The two-day workshop included a history content presentation by Dr. Tom Kanon, TSLA archivist and expert on the War of 1812, living history presentations about the life of a U.S. regular and a Tennessee militia soldier during the War of 1812, close study of primary sources related to the War of 1812, tours of the Tennessee State Library and Archives, and more!
Click here to learn more!
Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities for Teachers
Wilson County Social Studies Teacher In-Service 
When? October 7, 8:00-11:00 a.m.
Where? Teacher Training & Resource Center, Lebanon, TN 
Contact your school district to register! 

Digital History at the Tennessee State Library and Archives (TSLA)
This session will explore the various primary sources available at the TSLA website, including the Tennessee Virtual Archives, the Civil War GIS Project, the Civil War Sourcebook, historic newspapers, online exhibits, and more! Special focus will be given to how teachers may find primary sources that link specifically to the new social studies curriculum standards on TSLA’s brand new education outreach website.
When? October 25
Where? Tennessee Association of School Librarians (TASL) Conference, Murfreesboro, TN 
For more information or to register: http://www.tasltn.org/conference

Examining Tennessee's Last Campaign
Co-hosted by the Teaching with Primary Sources through the Library of Congress program at the MTSU Center for Historic Preservation, this workshop will also be held in partnership with the 2014 Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Signature Event.
When? November 13
Where? Eastern Flank Event Center, Franklin, TN
For more information, or to register, contact Kira.Duke@mtsu.edu. Space is limited!
August 2014
In This Issue
Primary Source of the Month
Summer Teacher Institute
Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities
Contact us!
Questions or comments about something you’ve seen in this newsletter?  Contact us at
education.tsla@tn.gov or by phone at 615-253-3469. 
Upcoming Workshops

Wilson County Social Studies Teacher In-Service
Digital History at TSLA
Examining Tennessee
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