Selecting Primary Sources: Strategies & Tips

Selecting Primary Sources: Strategies & Tips

Use these resources from the Library of Congress and Citizen U to help you select the best primary sources for instructional use. Foundations Webinar: Selecting Primary Sources recording | session materials Selecting Primary Sources: Criteria for Classroom Use Selecting Primary Sources: Knowing your Students Selecting Primary Sources: Learning Activity Criteria Selecting Primary Sources for the…

NHD 2023: Topic Selection, Research, Sources & More

NHD 2023: Topic Selection, Research, Sources & More

Students, we have compiled a big list of resources to help you dig deep into National History Day (NHD) projects. Understanding NHD Projects Read the Contest Rule Book carefully. English | Spanish Watch the NHD Contest Rules video. Explore the categories. Click the orange buttons to learn more about each category. Documentary rules video project checklist evaluation…

Primary Source Learning: Monthly Heritage & Identity Celebrations

Primary Source Learning: Monthly Heritage & Identity Celebrations

Below is a list with links to Library resource sets, featuring both primary and secondary sources, and teaching resources that coincide with monthly heritage and identity celebrations. So mark those special months but don’t stop there. Instead, come back to these resources time and again to give voice to diverse perspectives and celebrate inclusion all…

NHD 2023: Teaching Resources & Strategies

NHD 2023: Teaching Resources & Strategies

Educators, check out these resources and strategies to help you as you guide students through the development of their National History Day (NHD) projects. Overview Explore NHD’s origins. Discover the benefits of implementing NHD. Learn about Teacher of the Year Awards. Find your state affiliate. Sign up for the NHD newsletter. Understanding NHD Projects Read…

Primary Source Learning: Disability History

Primary Source Learning: Disability History

Unit & lesson plans Teaching Now: Learning About (Dis)ability in History- An Inquiry for Elementary Students Learning from the Source: (Dis)ability History How Disability Activists Created Change Ancient Rome’s Veterans with Disabilities: Roman Accounts and U.S. Veteran Comparisons Activities Accessibility Aids Child Labor in the Early 1900s Disabled Newsies League of the Physically Handicapped’s Protests…

Analyzing Primary Sources: Caption Writer

Analyzing Primary Sources: Caption Writer

The Caption Writer strategy comes from Dr. Roland K. Schendel, undergraduate/graduate professor of education at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Children experience much of their world by viewing pictorial and illustrated representations of it. Such visuals allow children to learn about the world around them. They translate ideas through viewing. In order to accurately translate…

Teaching Now: Learning About (Dis)ability in History – An Inquiry for Elementary Students

Teaching Now: Learning About (Dis)ability in History – An Inquiry for Elementary Students

This brief unit plan and teaching guide was developed by Dr. John Bickford, Professor of Social Studies/History Education at Eastern Illinois University and Editor-in-Chief of The Councilor: A Journal of the Social Studies, in collaboration with Citizen U. The plan, developed in conjunction with this (Dis)ability History primary source set, includes teaching notes and is targeted…

Learning from the Source: (Dis)ability History

Learning from the Source: (Dis)ability History

This primary source set is targeted to elementary students and includes background information and thinking prompts. It was curated mainly by Dr. John Bickford, Professor of Social Studies/History Education at Eastern Illinois University and Editor-in-Chief of The Councilor: A Journal of the Social Studies. Access the unit plan that utilizes this primary source set. Click…

Primary Source Learning: U.S. History by Time Period

Primary Source Learning: U.S. History by Time Period

The U.S. History Primary Source Timeline spans nearly 400 years, covering 9 time periods. Each time period includes an overview and several subsections and each of these, in turn, provide background information and a selection of curated primary sources. Colonial Settlement, 1600s – 1763 The American Revolution, 1763 – 1783 The New Nation, 1783 –…

Primary Source Learning: The U.S. Capitol and the Events of January 6, 2021

Primary Source Learning: The U.S. Capitol and the Events of January 6, 2021

Primary sources are the perfect avenue to help explore and investigate the events of January 6, 2021 at the U.S. Capitol as well as those that preceded it and those that followed it. Below we have compiled numerous resources to assist in deepening understanding of our past and present in the hopes that we can…