Lessons for Social Studies Educators

Point of view, purpose, and tone: three concepts readers of primary and secondary source materials must take into account when examining documents. Class members view a PowerPoint presentation and use the SOAPS strategy to identify an author's purpose, point of view, and tone as they analyze a series of documents.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Introduce the lesson with a reading of "The Blind Men and the Elephant"
Classroom Considerations

  • Introduce the lessons early in the year for courses that rely heavily on primary source documents
Pros

  • The 22-page packet includes the documents, worksheets, graphic organizers, and six different lesson ideas
Cons

  • None