Social Studies: Introducing Students to Primary Sources

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An Internet Hotlist
(Election 2008 sites and strategies at end of list)

Created by Andrea S. Libresco


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   


Library of Congress Learning Page
Discusses strategies for analyzing documents, such as the time and place, and bias rules. MACROBUTTON HtmlResAnchor 

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 

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 

National Archives – Introduction to Documents
An activity and questions to help you introduce yourself and your students to document analysis. MACROBUTTON HtmlResAnchor 

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  Documents-Based Questions

Primary sources, constructed response questions and DBQs on a variety of topics that you can adapt for your students. MACROBUTTON HtmlResAnchor  


Education World Lesson Planning Center – Social Science – Geography Five times five:  25 activities for teaching geography’s five themes. MACROBUTTON HtmlResAnchor 

Interactive Map of the Middle East – Test your knowledge

Drag each country to its proper place on the map.  

Geography Olympics

You have 200 seconds to locate 10 countries on a map of the world.

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

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  

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

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.

Ellis Island
Timelines, oral histories, photos chronicling the immigrant experience. MACROBUTTON HtmlResAnchor

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