Lesson Six

 Primary Sources, Inquiry, and Common Core State Standards

Introduction

Now that you know how to access and manage primary source materials, it is time to look at how to integrate them into instruction. Using primary resources engages students in active learning, develops critical thinking skills, and constructs knowledge.

Objectives

  • Identify the essential parts of a standards-based inquiry lesson plan.
  • Understand the importance of using primary sources in a standards-based inquiry lesson plan.
  • Analyze a primary source using Library of Congress analysis tools.
  • Understand how primary sources can support teaching to meet the Common Core State Standards.

 

Activity 1

During this activity, you will view lesson plans that integrate primary source materials. As you review one of these lesson plans, check to see that it contains the essential components that the Library of Congress considers to be important for a lesson framework.

1. Search link below for a lesson plan that integrates primary source materials.


http://teachingprimarysources.illinoisstate.edu/ISU_Lessons_N.html

2. Click on "Lesson 6, Activity 1 - Review a Lesson Plan" to download the file. Save the file to your computer.  You can also click on the "Assignments" link on the left to access the file.

3. After completing this activity, save the file to your computer. 

4. Submit your completed "Lesson 6, Activity 1 - Review a Lesson Plan" to jbee@ilstu.edu as an attachment.

 

*Go to Activity 2.

Activity 2

 

1. Click on the link below and complete Chapter 4 "Primary Source Analysis".

http://www.loc.gov/teachers/professionaldevelopment/selfdirected/photographsandprints.html

2. Next, choose one of the primary sources from  Lesson 4, Activity 3 to complete the analysis sheet activity below. 

3. Use the following link www.loc.gov/teachers/usingprimarysources/guides.html to access the analysis tools. Click on Primary Source Analysis Tool link under Analysis Tools for Students. Use the drop down tool under "Select format of your primary source" and find the format of your primary source. Click on the small question mark in each square to see hints to guide you in analyzing your primary source.


 4. Click on the  E-mail  link at the lower right corner of the page. E-mail your completed analysis guide to jbee@ilstu.edu.

*Go to Activity 3.

 

Activity 3

1. Click on the link below and read the, "Teaching with Primary Sources Journal", that focuses on the use of  primary sources to facilitate the Common Core State Standards.

http://www.loc.gov/teachers/tps/journal/common_core/pdf/common_core.pdf

2. When you have finished reading the journal, click on "Lesson 6, Activity 3 Journal Reflection" to download the file. Save the file to your computer.  You can also click on the "Assignment" link on the left to access the file.

3. After completing this activity, save the file to your computer.


4. Submit your completed "Lesson 6, Activity 3 Journal Reflections" to jbee@ilstu.edu as an attachment.