Profile: Danna Bell

Educational Resource Specialist

Danna Bell is an Educational Resource Specialist at the Library of Congress. Trained as a librarian and archivist, she provides reference support for the Library's teacher programs. Prior to joining the Library's K-12 efforts, she provided support for members of the public using the Library's online collections.

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The Américas Award: Bringing Literature to Life with Primary Sources

On Friday, September 18th, 2015, the Library of Congress hosted the Américas Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature. The award, co-sponsored with the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs, recognizes work that “authentically and engagingly portrays Latin Americans, Caribbeans, or Latinos in the United States.” These diverse stories can be highlighted and brought to life through the use of primary sources.

Category: For Teachers

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Primary Sources: Concussions, a Century of Controversy, and Football

This post was written by Trey Smith, the Library of Congress 2015-16 Science Teacher in Residence.
In 1905, nineteen high school and college students died after sustaining football-related injuries. An article in the Salt Lake Tribune outlines efforts to address deaths and injuries associated with football. A century later, controversy persists concerning concussions.

Category: History

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Primary Sources in Science Classrooms (Part 1)

What might a map from 1977, a poster from 1944, and a newspaper article from 1915 have in common with three twentieth-century wars and the theory of plate tectonics? These digitized artifacts in the Library of Congress’s collections have quite a bit in common when it comes to the emergence of evidence supporting a key theory in Earth science.
This post was written by Trey Smith, the Library of Congress 2015-16 Science Teacher in Residence. This is part one of a two-part post in anticipation of Earth Science Week.

Category: For Teachers

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