Thinkfinity has posted a very thorough piece on “Engaging Students with Primary Sources”. From the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History and the Kenneth E. Behring Center, this 64 page document provides a very thorough look at the use of primary sources in the classroom. I believe it will prove useful for social studies teachers at all grade levels.
Here you can find information about learning styles and multiple Intelligences, strengths and limitations of documents, photographs, advertisements, oral histories and objects, tips for analyzing the sources, suggestions on where to find them and exemplar activities. Engaging Students with Primary Sources is available for download at http://historyexplorer.si.edu/PrimarySources.pdf
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