Engaging Students with Primary Source

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Young historians learn how to analyze various forms of primary source documents. The colorful packet is packed with all you need to engage kids in this essential skill.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Sequence the plans throughout the year and feature one primary source type with each unit
  • As an introduction to primary sources, assign groups one type of resource to examine
  • Prior to a trip to a museum, provide kids with a worksheet to use to record impressions
Classroom Considerations
  • The resource is designed to engage kids in the examination of primary source materials and would work best as an introduction to these documents
  • The 64-page packet includes a table of contents, photos, oral histories, and other documents, step-by-step plans, a rationale, and differentiated instructions, and worksheets
  • None
Common Core