You'll find an alphabetic listing of some of the most commonly researched topics on this page. Clicking on "Benjamin Franklin," for example, takes you to a short page linked to "Introduction," "Resources," "Franklin's Autobiography," "Bibliography," and "External Web Sites."
On this page, you can find lesson plans, professional development resources, and a link to the Teaching With Primary Sources Journal. The lesson plans are filterable by Common Core Standards, state content, grade, and subject.
If you're considering using the Library of Congress resources to teach, be sure to check out this blog. It's a great place to get ideas for how to incorporate primary sources, and also to keep up-to-date on new collections from the Library of Congress.
This page links to (and provides addresses and phone numbers for) other museums and oral history projects that accept interviews and other historical material from U.S. veterans (National Museum of the Marine Corps, U.S. Army Military History Institute, and others).
What an amazing opportunity for your students to become real historians and contribute to the Veterans History Project! Click on "How to Participate" for detailed instructions on how 10th - 12th grade students can contribute interviews and documents of living (or deceased, through Power of Attorney or cooperation of heirs) to the Veterans History Project.
Click on your state on the U.S. map to see all primary sources available from that state. The Virginia page contains The Travels of Captain John Smith In Two Volumes: The Generall Historie of Virginia, New England, and the Summer Isles." As an aside, your students might be surprised to know that Smith and his fellow colonists believed that the Pacific Ocean (and the chance to trade with China) lay only a few days' travel beyond the Chesapeake Bay. Where's Google Earth when you need it?
This helpful guide for history teachers includes sections on 1) Why Use Primary Sources, 2) Citing Primary Sources, 3) Copyright and Primary Sources, 4) Finding Primary Sources, and 5) Teacher's Guides and Analysis Tool. The tool helps students to "question, observe, and reflect" on primary sources.
I love this alphabetical listing of primary source sets for student research! The "Abraham Lincoln: Rise to National Prominence" set contains letters, speeches, maps, and a teacher guide. Other sets include Civil War, Immigration, the Wright Brothers, Veterans' Stories, the New Deal, and many others.