Friday, September 30, 2011

Teaching with Primary Sources

You all know we can tell our students about the horrors of a pioneer's journey west in the 1850's until we are blue in the face, but there is just something special about reading about it from someone who was there.

Primary sources are a way for us to help students bridge the gap between theoretical knowledge of history and true, deep understanding of events that have transpired in our nation and our world. Here is just a wee smattering of some tools that may be beneficial to you or your teachers in using primary sources in your school library!

Library of Congress "Teaching With Primary Sources" Guide

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

National Archives: Teachers' Resources Page

Using Primary Sources on the Web (A Guide by the American Library Association)

Constitution app for iPhone and iPod Touch devices

 Declaration of Independence app for iPhone and iPod Touch

Smithsonian Institution

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