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Students see how to use primary and secondary sources to investigate history. Whether it is a photograph, book, map, letter, postcard, newspaper, or official document, students can use sources to reconstruct and relive history.
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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...
8th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Multiple Perspectives: Primary Source Activity
Use primary sources to delve into seven different perspectives of the Boston Massacre. Here, historians read and examine images taken from the Boston Massacre's witnesses and participants. Then, they answer questions dissecting each...
6th - 8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
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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
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8th - 11th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
New Review “Read All About It”: Primary Source Reading in “Chronicling America”
Can investigative journalism become too sensationalistic and accusatory, or is it vital for the survival of a democracy? Middle schoolers analyze primary source documents from early 20th-century newspapers as well as Theodore Roosevelt's...
6th - 8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
Cotton Mills from Differing Perspectives: Critically Analyzing Primary Documents
The working conditions in the cotton mills at the turn of the 20th century are the focus of a series of activities that ask learners to examine primary source documents written from different perspectives. In the first activity, groups...
9th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
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...
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...
6th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed