Lesson Two

Exploring Primary Sources


Primary sources are original items or records that have survived from the past. They were part of a direct personal experience of a time or event. The Library of Congress continues to digitize primary source materials and makes them available in online collections, primary source sets, exhibitions and other educational resources.



  •  Understand the difference between a primary source and a secondary source
  •  Describe the importance of the use of primary sources in instruction


Activity 1

1. Click on video below: Teaching with Primary Sources


 *There is no submission for this Activity.

*Go to Activity 2

Activity 2

1. Click on the link below and read the article titled "History in the Raw" located on the National Archives web site.


2. When you have finished reading this article, click on "Lesson 2, Activity 2-Exploring Primary Sources" 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.

To Submit the Activity to:

jbee@ilstu.edu as an attachment



*Go on to Lesson 3