Lesson Overview

Teaching the research process requires locating sources of information. Accessing and integrating primary sources into lessons can engage and hook learners into the topic or theme. The purpose of this module is to build a collection of quality resources and focus on best practices for inclusion of these materials for a variety of learners.

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  1. Note that bold underlined words are hyperlinks. Click and explore the sites and tools.
  2. Keep in mind how you might use these resources in your teaching situation.

Why Use Primary Sources?

Primary sources provide a window into the past—unfiltered access to the record of artistic, social, scientific and political thought and achievement produced by people who lived during that period. Three reasons to use primary sources when teaching:

  • Engage students
  • Develop critical thinking skills
  • Construct knowledge

Resources for best practices in using primary sources:

Think Like a Historian

The Reading Like a Historian curriculum engages students in historical inquiry. Each lesson revolves around a central historical question and features a set of primary documents designed for groups of students with a range of reading skills.Instead of memorizing historical facts, students evaluate the trustworthiness of multiple perspectives on historical issues and learn to make historical claims backed by documentary evidence. List of Reading Like a Historian Lessons

Links to Primary Sources