Declaration of Independence Resources

Need some good resources to teach about the Declaration of Independence? The Library of Congress offers The Declaration of Independence: From Rough Draft to Proclamation lesson plan that includes primary sources from the original “Rough draught” of the Declaration of Independence. What better way to get students involved than to show them how our country […]

Save the Last Word… For Me!

Save the Last Word For Me! is a processing and reading comprehension strategy that helps students construct meaning for a reading, viewing, or listening experience. Students take an active stance in their reading, asking questions, and looking for points of agreement or disagreement as they interact with other readers to discuss their reading topic. This […]

Elementary Age Primary Source Analysis Sheet

The Library of Congress Primary Source Analysis Tool is perfect for Middle to High School students, but often the language can be too advanced for younger kids. Luckily, you can use the “I See, I Think, I Wonder” sheet below for elementary age kids when doing primary source analysis! All you do is substitute ‘I See’ […]

How to Use Primary Sources in the Classroom

Using primary sources in the classroom is like using a key to unlock a Pandora’s Box full of skills students need to succeed in the 21st century. Critical thinking, visual and textual literacy, understanding bias and historical context, and encouraging higher-order cognitive skills all come when you teach with primary sources. Plus, students love engaging […]

Women protesting WWI

Four Fold Concept and Vocabulary Building Literacy Activity

The Four-Fold Concept and Vocabulary Building Literacy Activity is a fairly common strategy used to help students develop background knowledge, comprehension, and vocabulary. This works particularly good with primary sources that contain important, but often hard to understand concepts like freedom, education, democracy, human rights, citizenship, Civil War, Bill of Rights, government, or Bill of […]