The National Archives is America’s record keeper. It preserves a variety of historical documents and literature scattered throughout almost the entire history of the United States. Of Department of Education The National Archives hosts a myriad of resources to help teachers incorporate elementary documents into their classroom teaching. The two main resources I would like to bring to your attention are working with primary sources and docs.
Working with primary resources Provides practical worksheets for use in the classroom to help students analyze elementary documents. The aim is to enable students to develop document analysis skills and help them “think through primary source documents for relevant understanding and extract information to make informed decisions”. Worksheets work on a variety of media types, including photographs, posters, maps, videos, audio recordings, graphs, and more.
|DocsTeach Is an online tool provided by the National Archives that allows you to find and explore document-based activities for use in your classroom. You can find primary sources using keywords, and you can refine your search by historical eras and document types (e.g., video, audio, map, poster, photo, etc.). Each activity comes with instructional guidelines on how to use it with students, the targeted grade level, thinking skills, and more. Doctich also provides online tools to help teachers create their own activities. The process is simple and straightforward: select a document, create an activity, give suggestions, and share with your students. Check This guide To learn more about how to create DocsTeach activities.
Some of the document-based activities you can create for your students include:
This activity helps students learn about the process of document analysis and how to use it in the analysis of the primary sources on which they work.
In this activity, you “show a document while asking questions or to engage students quickly, focus on classroom activities and start conversations.”
In this activity you “display documents and highlight specific sections so that students can quickly engage and focus on classroom activities.”
“Link primary sources to the map to practice local thought and understand the influence of geographical elements in history.”
“Adding documents related to a historical event, concept, or figure, influencing students with descriptions, questions, or other documents is made up of whole small parts.”
“Turn primary sources into historical evidence as students sort and evaluate to draw historical conclusions.”
“Introduce students to primary source documents with historical information and encourage them to consider the expected impact of the source, presentation style, and literature.”
“Introduce primary sources as a string of documents and help students make connections between those documents and the historical events they explain.”
“Introduce primary sources and challenge students to sequence based on careful document analysis.”
“Teach students to use visual cues and references to understand documents”
“Practice students about a particular document and give them the practice of making assumptions.”