Primary and Secondary Sources: Trailblazers in Congress

Trailblazers forge the path into uncharted territory, they establish a precedent for others to follow. Young historians research trailblazers in Congress using primary and secondary sources to profile outliers that changed the face of Congress.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Model how to edit a video clip on the C-Span Video website
  • Have class members research a trailblazer in their family tree
Classroom Considerations
  • The vocabulary list may be printed and distributed or assigned using Google Classroom, Schoology, or other platform
  • Researchers require computers with internet access
  • The resource includes an explanation of the differences between primary and secondary source materials
  • Additional resources include links to two bell ringers and a complete lesson plan
  • Speakers are cut off mid-sentence