Digging History: The Basics of Primary and Secondary Sources


Using several examples - including grocery lists, students discuss primary and secondary documents. They highlight the necessity to be critical in evaluating documents. They also reinforce the idea that students' have the ability make conclusions about the information presented in the sources.

Digging History: A Primary Source Quiz


This video is a supplemental that accompanies the Digging History: The Basics of Primary and Secondary Sources. It provides a brief "Then vs. Now" vignette that highlights various ways individuals create and interact with primary sources. There are a series of three questions at the end of the video that review the major concepts presented in the above video.

Library of Congress Teacher Resources

Main Teacher Page
Using Primary Sources
Tools for Analyzing Primary Sources
Interactive Tool for Analyzing Primary Sources
Classroom Materials



Ten Ways to Enrich Your Classroom Using Primary Sources in Your Classroom - Part One
Ten Ways to Enrich Your Classroom Using Primary Sources in Your Classroom - Part Two

Other Amazing Resources


Girl On A Whaleship - this website makes use of primary and secondary sources. It is a great site for cross-curricular work.
Beyond the Bubble - assessments that focus on student thinking rather than recall of facts.
Teaching History
Teaching With Primary Sources - IU#12 Wikispace


Books
Children's Books - Digital Collection