Middle School
History & Social Studies

Using Primary Sources in the Social Studies Classroom

Learning how to use primary and secondary source documents is an essential skill for students. These resources will help you choose resources for various topics to coordinate with the subject you are currently teaching.
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Using Primary Sources in the Social Studies Classroom
  • Natalie Mroz says:
    This video shows how and why to use primary sources in the classroom. You can explore how the use of primary sources impacts both teaching and learning.
  • Natalie Mroz says:
    This is a great resource for teachers. There are links to lessons on many subjects. There are so many digitized primary source materials from museums, libraries, and personal collections found on the Web. Learn how to use these materials to support lessons across the curriculum.
  • Natalie Mroz says:
    An important skill for students when examining documents is to look for bias. This worksheet will help them do that.
  • Natalie Mroz says:
    Here you will find a graphic organizer your students can use to analyze sources. It provides a different way of looking at and thinking about the information found in primary sources!
  • Natalie Mroz says:
    This is an excellent example of a primary source lesson plan for your students. Although the topic is limited, it is a great example that you can use to develop your own similar lesson.
  • Natalie Mroz says:
    Here you will find suggestions for locating and using primary sources in your classroom. There are also discussion questions for the class. The site is searchable by grade and subject, which I really like!
  • Natalie Mroz says:
    This is a worksheet that students can use to analyze the information in the document(s). It's always helpful to have a document or graphic organizer for your students that will help them evaluate the information they are looking at.
  • Natalie Mroz says:
    This is another great resource you can use for finding primary source documents and lesson ideas on a number of American History topics. Each topic includes a few primary sources along with some background information and follow-up activities.
  • Natalie Mroz says:
    The Reading Like a Historian curriculum has done the work for you. Here you can search for your current topic and use a pre-made lesson plan or develop your own lessons using the documents included. You can view the plans and documents, but if you want to download them, you will have to create an account.
  • Natalie Mroz says:
    An excellent sets of resources provided by the Library of Congress that you and your students can use for research on a variety of topics.
  • Digital Docs in a Box

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    digitaldocsinabox.org
    Natalie Mroz says:
    These are document collections designed by teachers on a number of history topics. Digital Docs in a Box was designed for teachers in order to have a collection of documents readily available for use in the classroom. It's nice to have a small but ready-made set of documents to work with.
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    6 Free Online Resources for Primary Source Documents

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    Natalie Mroz says:
    This list of resources Is an excellent source for finding primary source documents on a variety of topics to use in the classroom. It has definitely made my primary source searches easier!