Primary Source Learning: Native American Perspectives

In celebration of Native American Heritage month, the Teaching with the Library of Congress blog provides some great suggestions for teaching students to view the experiences and contributions of Native Americans from various perspectives. Comparing sources from multiple perspectives provides students with practice in critical thinking and evaluating evidence and arguments. Links to more Native American teaching resources are listed below.

Native American Boarding Schools primary source set with teacher’s guide

Native American Primary/Secondary Source Sort

Guided Primary Source Analyses


Teaching with the Library

Collection Connections

History of the American West, 1860-1920 lesson & activity ideas (search for photos using Denver Public Library’s Western History Photo Collection)

The Ohio River Valley, 1750-1820 lesson & activity ideas

Primary Source Spotlight: Native American History & Heritage