On Leave in Paris: Maps as Primary Sources

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Primary sources—even those that seem mundane—offer a window into those who experienced history. Using a Red Cross map offered to soldiers stationed in Paris after World War II alongside worksheet questions, scholars consider what life was like for the American forces stationed there. Extension activities include writing exercises and creating their own maps. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Use in conjunction with other lessons in the series
  • Offer a primary source activity to examine the differences between secondary and primary sources 
Classroom Considerations
  • Lesson is part of the larger series called War in Europe
  • Primary source is a unique find and engages learner interest
  • Extension activities allow for differentiation in instruction
  • Site is a bit difficult to navigate to find additional materials mentioned in the lesson plan