Primary and Secondary Sources Teacher Resources
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Using Primary Sources: Wide Open Town
6th - 12th CCSS: Designed
New ReviewA picture speaks a thousand words, no matter how old! Scholars use political cartoons from the era of Prohibition and the Temperance Movement to analyze what, a primary document (in this case, a bootlegger's notebook) is telling them...
Primary Source Analysis: 95 Theses Excerpts
8th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
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...
Examining Secondary Sources: The American Revolution
9th - 11th
Learners who have a grasp on the events of the Revolutionary war view clips from five different films as secondary sources. They take notes on each clip thinking about historic inaccuracies. They then view parts of the film The Patriot...
Immigration in the Gilded Age: Using Photographs as Primary Sources
9th - 12th
Students explore the Gilded Age. In this Gilded Age lesson, students use primary sources to analyze photographs from this time period in history. Students use National Archive tools to construct the past as historians examining the...
Communities in Crisis Lesson 1: Primary Source? What is That?
5th - 10th
Distinguish between primary and secondary source documents using the theme of philanthropy. Middle schoolers discuss Anne Frank: The Diary of Young Girl as a way to study the past using a primary source. Then they investigate how to...
Understanding and Using Primary and Secondary Sources in History
7th - 12th
Explore primary and secondary sources in this historical analysis lesson. Young researchers define the terms primary source and secondary source. They read a primary source document provided by the teacher and answer questions about the...
Inspiration: Analyzing Primary Sources
6th - 12th CCSS: Designed
Primary sources provide historians glimpses into the past; organize findings visually using this activity demonstrating the educational program, Inspiration. While this activity is useful independently, it is intended to guide learners...
Civil War Photography: Photography as a Primary Source
4th - 7th CCSS: Adaptable
Can we learn a thing or two about history by looking at pictures from the past? As young historians view 2-D and 3-D primary source photographs, they respond to a series of worksheets that guides them toward unveiling clues about the past.
Reading Primary Source Documents: Historical Content
1st - 12th
Why do we read primary source documents? What can they give us that other writings cannot? Provide your learners with any of the primary sources attached here (there are seven), and have them complete the graphic organizer (which opens...
“Read All About It”: Primary Source Reading in “Chronicling America”
6th - 8th CCSS: Designed
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...