The Teaching with the Library of Congress blog has once again demonstrated why it should be on every social studies teacher’s list of favorite resources. A recent post: Ten Tips to Start the New Year with Primary Documents merits your immediate attention.
The August 23rd post offers ten strategies to help get students started with historical inquiry and using primary sources. I especially like idea #4 where students bring five primary sources from home, draw a conclusion about what the sources reveal and support their conclusion with evidence.
By practicing the inquiry process at the beginning of the school year, students are ready to practice those skills as they engage with other topics.