Primary and Secondary Sources Teacher Resources
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New Review Using Historic Digital Newspapers for National History Day
Your learners will take a trip through history as they peruse through historic digitalized newspapers, reading real articles from such historical periods in the United States as the Temperance movement and passage of the Thirteenth Amendment.
7th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
National Archives DocsTeach
Get up-close and personal with primary source documents and see the past like never before! Young historians have the unique opportunity to interact with documents from the United States National Archives as if they were in their very hands, and engage in activities that call for analysis, interpretation, and critical thinking.
6th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Analyzing Primary Sources
The challenge of analyzing primary sources is addressed by a detailed plan from Inspiration Software. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” is used to model how the primary source analysis template can aid in creating an analysis of documents.
Pre-K - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Inspiration: Analyzing Primary Sources
Primary sources provide historians glimpses into the past; organize findings visually using this lesson demonstrating the educational program, Inspiration. While this lesson is useful independently, it is intended to guide learners through the program.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
New Review Fur Trappers and Beaver Pelts
Young scholars explore the history of Colorado's fur trade. Using a series of primary source documents and the included graphic organizer, learners examine the causes influencing the growth of this industry and the effects it had on both the people and the environment.
3rd - 5th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
The Power of Nonviolence: What Is Nonviolence? What Does It Cost?
Your young learners will delve into the language of primary source documents in order to identify the characteristics, benefits, and costs of nonviolence. The lesson includes a mix of activities, including an anticipatory activity, creation of a KWL chart, group jigsaw reading, and final discussion prompt.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Primary Source Analysis: 95 Theses Excerpts
By reviewing and analyzing these nine selected points from Martin Luther's 95 Theses, your young historians will discern the major tenets of the revolutionary challenge made against the Catholic Church in the seventeenth century. This is a great resource for developing primary source analysis skills!
8th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Interpreting Foundation Documents of the American Republic
Explore early American documents that qualify as primary sources. Tenth and eleventh graders use the provided worksheets to analyze the texts of the Articles of Association, the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the Northwest Ordinance.
10th - 11th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
New Review Mary Henry: Journal/Diary Writing
A great way to connect social studies with language arts, a resource on Mary Henry's historical diary reinforces the concepts of primary and secondary sources. It comes with an easy-to-understand lesson plan, as well as the reference documents and worksheets necessary for completing the activity.
7th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Does the Defense of Marriage Act Promote the Health, Safety, Morals, and General Welfare of the Public?
Gay marriage is the topic for a structured, academic controversy discussion. The process begins with groups reading primary source documents and recording their responses to text-based questions on the provided graphic organizer. Participants are then assigned a side, either for the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) or against DOMA, and in groups of four (two for and two against) present their arguments.
11th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
The 6 C's of Primary Source Analysis
Arm your class members with the six C's of primary source analysis—content, citation, context, connections, communication, and conclusions—and help them to establish a solid system for analyzing historical sources of information.
7th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Fugitive Slave Law Simulation
The Fugitive Slave Law is the focus of an activity that asks participants to examine primary source documents before assuming the role of historic figures, members of a mediation panel, or newspaper reporters. Clearly defined expectations for the actors, links to the readings, and writing assignments are included in the packet.
9th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Understanding and Using Primary and Secondary Sources in History
Explore primary and secondary sources in this historical analysis lesson. Young researchers define the terms primary source and secondary source. They read a primary source document provided by the teacher and answer questions about the information contained in the article.
7th - 12th Social Studies & History
Communities in Crisis Lesson 1: Primary Source? What is That?
Distinguish between primary and secondary source documents using the theme of philanthropy. Middle schoolers discuss Anne Frank: The Diary of Young Girl as a way to study the past using a primary source. Then they investigate how to leave accurate records for others to explore in the future.
5th - 10th English Language Arts
A Journey Through Primary Sources
Middle schoolers look at different types of primary sources. They work with partners to analyze three popular culture primary sources. They write a paragraph telling whether they think it belongs in a time capsule. They will also evaluate the rest of the class' work.
6th - 8th English Language Arts
Using Primary Sources in the Classroom
Scholars study a historical photograph to make predictions of what happened right after the picture was taken. They research a variety of different topics and use primary sources to answer questions about common food, fashion trends, and culture from specific time periods.
4th - 12th Social Studies & History
New Review Primary Source Worksheet: “Report on Manufacturers,” Annals of Congress
Invite your learners to take a look at life during the term of United States president George Washington through analysis of an interesting primary source. The document summarizes American manufacturing capacities, as detailed by the Secretary of the Treasury in Washington's cabinet.
8th - 11th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
A Primary Source Picture Book
Travel through Europe with ten-year-old Teddy Roosevelt in this writing activity, which uses the picture book My Tour of Europe: by Teddy Roosevelt, by Ellen Jackson. After reading the book, readers compare it to passages from The Boyhood Diary of Theodore Roosevelt, both of which are primary sources of the same account.
4th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable