Library Of Congress Unveils Massive Common Core Resource Center

library of congressThe Common Core State Standards (CCSS) is here and teachers are trying to figure out how to best integrate it into their tried-and-true lessons. They’re struggling to integrate technology to best augment CCSS. They are in desperate need of classroom materials that they can trust.

Like a superhero, the U.S. Library of Congress has just swooped in and unveiled an enormous new (and free!) resource that’s all about the Common Core. It’s located at and worth checking out.

Common Core Resources

You can now do a ‘Search By Standards‘ query which lets you do exactly that. The software has just seen a big update too. Select your state, grade level, and subject for a list of Library of Congress teaching materials aligned to those standards. Or, once you’ve found a lesson plan or primary source set that you’d like to use, one click will show you which of your standards that particular item meets.

Find Library of Congress lesson plans and more that meet Common Core standards, state content standards, and the standards of national organizations. Click here to start your CCSS search.

Professional Development Tools

There are professional development tools that are sorted by grade level, ease of use, and written in plain English.

Classroom Materials

Created by teachers for teachers, these ready-to-use materials provide easy ways to incorporate the Library’s unparalleled primary sources into instruction. Find classroom materials that meet your state standards

Lesson Plans – Teacher-created lesson plans using Library of Congress primary sources.
Themed Resources – One-stop access to the Library’s best exhibitions, activities, primary sources, and lesson plans on popular curricular themes.
Primary Source Sets – Sets of selected primary sources on specific topics, available as easy-to-print PDFs. Also, background information, teaching ideas, and tools to guide student analysis.
Presentations & Activities – Presentations and activities offer media-rich historical context or interactive opportunities for exploration to both teachers and students.
Collection Connections – Historical context and ideas for teaching with specific Library of Congress primary source collections.The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are on many teachers’ minds this school year, and the Library of Congress is ready to help. The Library’s teacher resources are a great fit for teachers trying to meet key CCSS goals, including critical thinking, analyzing informational texts, and working with primary sources. They’re all free, and finding them is as easy as going to

Learn More

Want to learn more about the project? Check out the helpful blog ‘Teaching with the Library of Congress’ to stay updated on all the new resources.


  1. Justyn Phelps

    November 6, 2012 at 10:11 am

    Do you have any resources for high school science courses.

  2. Library of Congress Teachers Page

    November 6, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Glad you asked. We hope these links help.

    For specific lesson plans using primary sources you can look here

    If you’re interested in “Nature and the Environment” look here

    Here is an article on using primary sources in science

    You may also want to look at this page from the Science References Services

  3. Mari

    November 10, 2012 at 8:17 am

    What resources are available for parents to help support kids at home?

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    November 20, 2012 at 2:44 am

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  5. AK

    December 10, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    I teach 5th grade science in North Carolina. Is there material for 5th grade science using the common core?