Lesson Plan

Continental Differences

Students break into groups and closely investigate primary sources associated with the seven different continents. After deciding which continent their primary sources relate to, representatives from each group present their findings to the class.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • If students have Internet access, expand the activity by having the groups find other primary source images that reflect their continent
  • Use this resource as a model to design an activity about different countries you'd like students to learn about
Classroom Considerations
  • The lesson is designed as a first day of class activity, but is easily adaptable for any day
Pros
  • A great introduction to primary source analysis
  • Each primary source image has its own thoughtful questions for individuals to consider
  • The primary source images are provocative and ripe for close analysis
Cons
  • None
Common Core