Primary Sources on the
A Virtual Field Trip
Destination: “The Past”
primary source materials help us to learn?
Learning Standards Addressed:
2: Students will access,
generate, process, and transfer information using appropriate
1: Students will
read, write, listen, and speak for information and understanding.
3: Students will
read, write, listen, and speak for critical analysis and evaluation.
1: History of
the United States and New York
2: World History
Stop #1: Where in the Web Are They?
A: Visit History
in the Raw and read why the use of primary sources is
beneficial to students. Then explore the resources (list follows) to build a
primary source set. Collect three sources that enhance a topic you teach.
B: Pair Up to create
instructions/tip sheet on how to browse and effectively search one of the online
repositories. Include your insight in finding useful sources, for example,
navigation bars, teacher resource area, categories/index, etc.
Library of Congress: American Memory Collection
American Memory historical collections contain documents, motion
pictures, photographs, and sound recordings of important events in the
history of the United States.
First–hand accounts of historic events from the 17th
century to the 20th. Once you get to the site use the index
at the top of the page, which lists the time periods and the option to
find sources based on format (sounds & snapshots.)
History place - A
timeline of American
history from the Colonial period to present-day with access to a rich
collection of source
documents, including the written word, audio clips, and visual images.
National Archives & Records Administration –
searchable databases of documents from the National Archives. Click on
the Exhibit Hall for a collection of documents by topic. Then click the
Digital Classroom to look at teaching resources.
Online - History Resources and Virtual Visits,
Ancient Civilizations, Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, Medieval Times,
Exploration and Discovery, Colonial America, American Revolution etc.
Stop #2: Primary Sources in Action!
Activity: Look at
example activities and lessons that use primary source materials. Then create a
short activity for each primary source collected in activity 1. You may modify
any activities you came across online.
Construct a PowerPoint presentation to be used for class instruction.
Incorporate your primary source set.
Possibilities: (examine a
historical event, or How to analyze a primary document).
Use Microsoft Word to write a lesson plan that incorporates your primary source
set. (Use the NYS learning
experience format.) The lesson should include an Essential Question and
Higher Order Thinking Skills.
Final Activity with your peers.