The Education Department at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum created these teaching resources for History Makers, a professional development program for third- and fifth- grade teachers in Boston Public Schools. Inspired by the book History Makers: A Questioning Approach to Reading and Writing Biographies by Myra Zarnowski, this semester-long seminar immerses teachers in the study of biography for young learners. Participants learn to guide their students to think as historians; to ask questions about what they're reading; and to think critically about the content as they write about their research. History Makers is presented in partnership with Boston Public Schools and is supported by a U.S. Department of Education Teaching American History Grant.
National History Standards The books listed in the bibliographies have content related to the following eras in United States History:
Era 2: Colonization and Settlement (1585 – 1763); Era 3: Revolution and the New Nation (1754 – 1820s); Era 4: Expansion and Reform (1801 – 1861); Era 5: Civil War and Reconstruction (1850 – 1877); Era 6: The Development of the Industrial United States (1870 – 1900); Era 7: The Emergence of Modern America (1890 – 1930); Era 8: The Great Depression and World War II (1929 – 1945); Era 9: Postwar United States (1945 to early 1970s); Era 10: Contemporary United States (1968 to the present)
Biographies in American History: Annotated Bibliographies for Elementary and Middle Grades
Annotated bibliography created for Voices from the Past, a Teaching American History seminar
Annotated bibliographies created for one-day conferences presented by the John F. Kennedy National Historic Site and the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
Additional resources on children's literature