Primary Source Learning: Teaching Ideas for Different Primary Source Types

The Fall Issue of the TPS Quarterly is out and the featured article–“Beyond Typescript and Photographs: Using Primary Sources in Different Formats”–provides teaching ideas for using different primary source types in learning activities. Read the article to get tips on using handwritten manuscripts; posters, prints, and drawings; motion pictures; oral histories; historic sheet music and sound recordings; and maps. For more ideas related to specific primary source types, take a look at these previous posts from the PSN Teaching & Learning section.

Learning from the Source: Ballad of Booker T.

Sheet Music Collections & Teaching Resources

Primary Source Posters: Teaching Ideas & Resources

Comparing Song Sheets: Civil War Perspectives

Primary Source Science: The Radium Romp

Comparing Reports: Battle of Little Bighorn

Learning from the Source: Print Advertising Across the Centuries

Critical Thinking with FSA & OWI Photographs & Dust Bowl Songs

Learning from the Declaration: Jefferson’s Rough Draft