Lesson Four

Thinking About Primary Sources

Introduction

How can I use primary sources in a meaningful way in my classroom? How do other educators use them in their classroom? What is historical thinking?

The following activities will help you think about the questions above.

Objectives

  • Define primary sources and their importance
  • Explore "Historical Thinking"
  • Use Collection Connections from American Memory

 

Activity 1

1. Visit the following link to read suggestions for using primary sources in classroom instruction.

http://www.loc.gov/teachers/usingprimarysources/whyuse.html

*Go to Activity 2.

Activity 2

1. Visit the following link and view Why Historical Thinking Matters.

http://historicalthinkingmatters.org/why/

2. When you have finished viewing "Why Historical Thinking Matters", click on Lesson 4, Activity 2 - "Questions"or locate the file in the list of "Assignments".

3. Save the file to your computer. After completing the activity, submit using ReggieNet.

To Submit an Activity:

Click on the "Assignments" link on the left. Click on the correct assignment. Under Submissions, click on "Browse"/"Choose File". Find "Lesson 4, Activity 2" saved on your computer. Click on the file and click Open. The name of the file will appear below "Attachments". Click on the "Submit" button. 

 

 

*Go to Activity 3.

Activity 3

1. From the Library of Congress homepage, scroll to the bottom of the page and under Explore & Discover Click on Blogs

  • Click on Teaching with the Library of Congress Blog
  • In the Search Box type Edward S. Curtis
  • Click on Go
  • Click on Edward S. Curtis and the North American Indian 
  • (The Collection Connection link No Longer Works) 

2. When you have finished reading the blog click on the
Lesson 4, Activity 3-"Questions" or locate the file in the list of "Assignments" on the left.

3. Save this file to your computer.

4. After completing the questions, submit "Lesson 4, Activity 3" using ReggieNet.

To Submit an Activity:

 Click on the "Assignments" link on the left. Click on the correct assignment. Under Submissions, click on "Browse"/Choose File". Find "Lesson 4, Activity 3" saved on your computer. Click on the file and click Open.  The name of the file will appear below "Attachments". Click on the "Submit" button. 

 

*Go to Activity 4.

Activity 4

1 .Using analysis activities with your students will increase their critical thinking skills and also engage them in the activity. The Library of Congress website has analysis sheets for all types of primary sources. Click on the link below to view the analysis sheets from the Library of Congress website:

http://www.loc.gov/teachers/usingprimarysources/guides.html

You can use theirs or make one of your own to fit your grade level or subject area. The following is a link to a lesson plan that uses a photo analysis activities. Note how the analysis sheet is used in this lesson.  

2. When you have finished reviewing this lesson, Click on Lesson 4, Activity 4 -"Questions"or locate the file in the list of "Assignments".

3. Save the file to your desktop and complete the questions.

4. Submit "Lesson 4, Activity 4" using ReggieNet.

To Submit an Activity:

 Click on the "Assignments" link on the left. Click on the correct assignment. Under Submissions, click on "Browse"/"Choose File". Find "Lesson 4, Activity 4" saved on your computer. Click on the file and click Open. The name of will appear below "Attachments". Click on the "Submit" button.


*Go to Lesson 5.