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Where to Begin-A Forward for Teachers

100 Terrific Primary Source Document Websites

FOR PENNSYLVANIA TEACHERS: American Treasure Boxes: Waynesburg University’s Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program offers free printed and recorded primary source materials to use in your classroom. American Treasures Boxes are chock-full of primary sources downloaded from the Library of Congress digitized collections.

What’s inside an American Treasures Box?
Resource CD with electronic copies of all the included resources,
Dozens of printed documents and images (many are poster-size), and
Lesson plans and activity ideas for incorporating the materials into your classroom.
American Treasures are FREE for use in K-16 classrooms!

Check out the complete list of topics at Waynesburg University

LOC Teachers Quarterly

DIGITAL DOCS IN BOX

HOW TO INTRODUCE STUDENTS TO PRIMARY SOURCES

HISTORICAL SCENE INVESTIGATION
The HSI instructional model consists of the following four steps:
  • Becoming a Detective
  • Investigating the Evidence
  • Searching for Clues
  • Cracking the Case


PRIMARY ACCESS

SOCIAL STUDIES WEBSITES FROM THE TRUMAN LIBRARY

STUDENT RESEARCH FILE FROM THE TRUMAN LIBRARY

TODAY IN HISTORY FROM LOC

Teaching History - National History Education Clearinghouse - here you will find extensive teaching materials, history content and best practices.

Heroes and Villains from the National Archives of the United Kingdom - complete with timelines, background information, and activities. (JFK. Martin Luther King, Jr, and Truman are some of the historical figures featured on the site.)

Go for Broke National Education Center - Japanese American Oral Histories

Rag Linen is an educational archive of rare and historic newspapers, which serve as the first drafts of history and the critical primary source material for historians, authors and educators.

Radio Diaries has been giving people tape recorders and working with them to report on their own lives and histories.

A Very Old Placeblog - Cool blog with links to primary resources -50's, Chicago fire, Titantic and more

Cemetery Scene Investigation Why is the preservation of local cemeteries important?

Historic Maps in the K-12 Classroom
This resource for K-12 teachers and students developed by the Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography at the Newberry Library is designed to bring historically significant map documents into your classroom. Inside are high quality images of historic map documents that illustrate the geographical dimensions of American history.Each map is accompanied by lesson plans written for four grade levels and designed to support a variety of social studies, history, and geography curricula.

Curriculum Modules
The Gilder Lehrman Institute’s website serves as a gateway to American history online with rich resources for educators, designed specifically for K-12 teachers and students.

Real American Stories
Sample documents, speeches, poems, people and moments in history that continue to inspire us.

EyeWitness to History History through the eyes of those who lived it.

Historical Treasure Chests
Primary sources such as letters, diaries, photographs, maps and artifacts provide students with authentic materials from the past. By looking closely for details, students can draw conclusions about the items and formulate their own hypotheses about the time period(s) during which they were created. Further research, using secondary sources, will either confirm or challenge their ideas.
The following activity provides a model for engaging students in an investigation of authentic materials from the past. The students will be provided with four primary sources and questions to guide their investigation. A wealth of other primary resources can be accessed on the websites listed in the reference section

Today in History App
As soon as you open the application you are shown all the major events that happened on that day. Created for history, trivia, and knowledge lovers and also for fans of On This Day, This Day In, Today In pages.

Museum Box This site provides the tools for one to build an argument or describe an event, person, or historical period by placing items in a virtual box. Anything from a text file to a movie can be included.

Free Videoconferences


The Library of Congress provides several free professional development videoconferences on a wide variety of topics.

The National Archives also offers free interactive, document based videoconferences

Sources Compliments of Stevie Kline and Joyce Mason
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