August 8, 2022

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 League of the Physically Handicapped's Protests Against the WPA "Ugly Laws" and Early 1900s Beggars World War I Rehabilitation World War II Workers … [Read more...]

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 each source to view it larger. Primary Source 1 Pre-reading: This is a button. It has a short … [Read more...]

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 - 1815 National Expansion and Reform, 1815 - 1880 Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877 Rise of Industrial America, 1876-1900 … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: World War II

Guided primary source analyses Boeing aircraft plant – production of B-17F D-Day The 6th of June Entrance to Manzanar Europe Is Getting Hot U.S. Must Set Pace for Racial Tolerance Woman’s Work Lessons & activities Diana’s White House Garden Tom Bober Digital Stories of Our Heroes Female Journalists of World War II & Today PBS NewsHour Japanese American Internment: Fear Itself Operation Invasion: Reaching the Japanese Mainland ABMC Education On … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: The Wampanoag, the Plimoth Colonists & the First Thanksgiving

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, with the goal of helping students separate Thanksgiving myths from history. This set is also available as a Google document; get it here. Access the teaching guide for this source … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: Science & Technology

Citizen U lessons integrating science, technology and civics Carbon Footprints, Climate, and Civic Causes Civic Actions to Impact the Future The Conservation Movement at a Crossroads: The Hetch Hetchy Controversy Do Our Parks Do What They Are Supposed to Do? Electromagnetism, Electric Communication, and Community Environmental Resource Management: Local and Historical Perspectives How Did Birds Gain Political Protection? Mandatory Vaccinations: Yea or Nay Motor … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: What Are Primary Sources?

This definition from the Library of Congress provides a basic answer to the question above. “'Primary sources' are the raw materials of history — original documents and objects which were created at the time under study. They are different from secondary sources, accounts or interpretations of events created by someone without firsthand experience." To learn more, take a look at the videos below from the Library and the Minnesota Historical Society, a TPS Consortium partner. Then, dig deeper … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: Hispanic Points of View

Lessons The Huexotzinco Codex Drake’s West Indian Voyage 1588-1589 Cesar Chavez & Good Citizenship Dolores Huerta Collaborating to Affect Change (elementary) Building Coalitions to Affect Change (middle school) Inspiring Civic Responsibility (high school) Media & Migrant Laborers Perspectives Guided Primary Source Analyses Bank note explorer vignettes Community & Teamwork Houston, Santa Anna, and Cos Los sueños de las posadas El … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: Being American Primary Source Sets

This curated collection of primary sources was created to help students think critically about what it means to be an American by exploring and analyzing different perspectives and voices, particularly marginalized ones, over time. Thanks to the inspiration of Jen Reidel, 2019-2020 Library of Congress Civics Teacher in Residence, who suggested this theme. Executive proclamations Reprint of President Roosevelt's "I Am an American Day" proclamation May 3, 1940 Reprint of Arizona … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: Community Helpers Then & Now Primary Source Set

Click the images to access them, then print or add to a digital folder or platform. Have students match the primary source images of community helpers from long ago and now. Then have students draw a picture of themselves as community helpers and/or a community helper in their neighborhood and share stories about those people. Related resources Community Helpers interactive lesson KidCitizen Analyzing … [Read more...]