Social Studies: Introducing Students to Primary Sources

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USING PRIMARY SOURCES FOR SOCIAL STUDIES
An Internet Hotlist
(Election 2008 sites and strategies at end of list)

Created by Andrea S. Libresco

NEW YORK STATE CURRICULUM 

New York State Department of Education – Social Studies Home Page Includes Learning Standards, Resource Guide with Core Curriculum, Instructional Strategies and Resources, Pre-K through grade 6. MACROBUTTON HtmlResAnchor http://www.emsc.nysed.gov/ciai/social.html   

INTRODUCING STUDENTS TO PRIMARY SOURCES 

Library of Congress Learning Page
Discusses strategies for analyzing documents, such as the time and place, and bias rules. MACROBUTTON HtmlResAnchor http://memory.loc.gov/learn/index.html 

Library of Congress Learning Page – Using primary sources in lessons Discusses and gives examples of how to incorporate primary source instruction into all parts of your lessons. MACROBUTTON HtmlResAnchor http://memory.loc.gov/learn/lessons/fw.html#ration 

Library of Congress Learning Page – Media Analysis Tools
Guides students into analysis of primary sources.  View these tools at work in lessons to see how they might be used or adapted to your needs. MACROBUTTON HtmlResAnchor http://memory.loc.gov/learn/lessons/media.html 

National Archives – Introduction to Documents
An activity and questions to help you introduce yourself and your students to document analysis. MACROBUTTON HtmlResAnchor http://www.archives.gov/digital_classroom/introductory_activity.html 

National Archives – Document Analysis Worksheets
An excellent resource for helping your students learn what to look for when analyzing all kinds of documents. MACROBUTTON HtmlResAnchor http://www.archives.gov/digital_classroom/lessons/analysis_worksheets/worksheets.html  Documents-Based Questions

Primary sources, constructed response questions and DBQs on a variety of topics that you can adapt for your students. MACROBUTTON HtmlResAnchor http://www.kn.pacbell.com/wired/fil/pages/listdocumentpa.html  

GEOGRAPHY 

Education World Lesson Planning Center – Social Science – Geography Five times five:  25 activities for teaching geography’s five themes. MACROBUTTON HtmlResAnchor http://www.education-world.com/a_lesson/lesson071.shtml 

Interactive Map of the Middle East – Test your knowledge

Drag each country to its proper place on the map.
http://www.rethinkingschools.org/just_fun/games/mapgame.html  

Geography Olympics

You have 200 seconds to locate 10 countries on a map of the world. http://www.geographyolympics.com/challenge.php

United States “Place the State on the Map” Quiz

Drag and click the 50 states onto a blank map of the United States. It gets easier as you go along… Click here: Place The State - Intermediate

UNITED STATES
 
Facing History and Ourselves
Includes links to leading archives sites, thematic collections (e.g., New Deal, women and social movements, Civil War, etc.), gateway sites on US History providing primary sources and lesson ideas. MACROBUTTON HtmlResAnchor http://www.facinghistory.org/facing/fhao2.nsf/all/webresourcesv?opendocument  

Constitutional Rights Foundation On-Line Lessons
Readings, activities, documents on the Constitution, Bill of Rights, 9/11, War in Iraq, Terrorism, and a host of other constitutional topics. MACROBUTTON HtmlResAnchor http://www.crf-usa.org/lessons.html

Constitution Day – The Blessings of Liberty videos
Short videos that address some aspect of liberty – The Bill of Rights, speeches from suffragists, abolitionists, etc. And a place to upload your own videos on the topic of liberty. Teachers guide included. http://www.remixamerica.org/channels/constitution-day-challenge

Ellis Island
Timelines, oral histories, photos chronicling the immigrant experience. MACROBUTTON HtmlResAnchor http://www.ellisisland.org/

Dear Mrs. Roosevelt – Letters from children
Letters written during the Great Depression, and Eleanor Roosevelt’s responses. MACROBUTTON HtmlResAnchor...
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