Using Primary Documents: 1861-1865
Students examine primary source document letters from the Civil War. They read the letters, and record information about geography, daily life, and historical events on a graphic organizer.
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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
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...
4th - 12th Social Studies & History
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...
8th - 11th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Native Americans of the Chesapeake Bay: Using Primary vs. Secondary Sources
Discover the rich Native American culture that existed at the time of early European exploration into the Chesapeake region through analysis of several primary and secondary sources.
4th - 5th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Identifying Primary Source Documents
Who is Mary Maverick and why is she important? the focus of this, the second in a series of five lessons that are designed to introduce middle schoolers to how historians use primary source documents to understand the past, is on how to...
4th - 7th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
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...
7th - 12th 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
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