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Blog Round-Up: Primary Source Sets

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This is a guest post by Mary J. Johnson, an educational consultant to the Library of Congress.

Many teachers who read this blog can probably tell a story of finding the perfect primary source at just the right time to ensure a brilliant teaching moment. Unfortunately, teachers more often spend hours painstakingly searching for promising primary sources to fit the curriculum and engage students. Hours, that is, until a Teachers Page Primary Source Set comes to their rescue!

Primary Source Sets

Primary Source Sets typically include a mix of photographs, political cartoons, ephemera, maps, sound recordings, films, songs, and pages from historic American newspapers. Education experts at the Library have carefully selected these primary source gems to appeal to a wide range of grade levels and interests in the K-12 community.

Did you know that every Primary Source Set comes complete with a four-section Teacher’s Guide?

  • Historical Background
  • Suggestions for Teachers
  • Additional Resources
  • Primary Sources with Citations

Recently, the Library’s Educational Outreach staff has also focused its attention on discovering primary sources that support Common Core State Standards. You will notice informational texts in a variety of media featured in the latest Primary Source Sets.

In the past year,  this blog announced three newly published Primary Source Sets. I’ve added my personal impressions of the value of each set below. What are yours?

Summer is the best time to explore Primary Source Sets and to plan how you will use single items or entire sets during the next school year. Think of this round-up post as a garden ripe for easy summer harvesting! After you’ve explored the three new Primary Source Sets or any of the thirty-two available sets, let us know what ideas or items you’ve picked for next year’s teaching basket.

Comments (2)

  1. Dust Bowl migrations is excellent and really gets students taking on a stance and crafting an interpretation.

  2. I truly like that the Library’s Educational Outreach staff has likewise centered its consideration on finding essential sources that help Common Core State Standards.

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