The Teaching with Primary Sources program at Metropolitan State University of Denver offers up these top 10 tools for researching with the Library of Congress.
This literacy activity is intended to help boost reading comprehension and is called Sentence, Phrase, Word. It can be adapted to be used with any piece of text, including a poem, lyrics, news article, short story, graphic novel or comic, or section from a novel. The only real limits is that the students will have to have […]
This “Thinking Like…” Organizer is meant to help students think like a professional. Many students are unaware of the inquiry process for many professionals, in this case Social Studies. This organizer helps answer these 4 questions: How does an historian think when they are given a primary source document? How does a geographer think when […]
In this presentation, Dr. Roland Schendel, literacy specialist and professor at MSU Denver, offers up some great activities for using primary sources to promote literacy in the classroom. Included literacy activities are reading comprehension strategies, writing strategies, and other literacies in the Language Arts like music. This presentation was given at the National History Day […]
It’s back to school time and what better way to learn about your new students than having them bring in their own primary sources? For the first day, share with the class no more than five sources about yourself, e.g. a grocery receipt, an old photo, and a favorite book. For the second day, students […]