OneHistory.org Examining the Evidence
Seven Strategies for Teaching
with Primary Sources

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Educators today are being challenged as never before to invite reality into the classroom and allow students to explore it. This book will help you meet the challenge with seven strategies for looking at and interpreting both images and text. Because it is geared to students in elementary and middle schools, it emphasizes primary sources that do not require advanced reading skills--images and personal voices such as diaries, letter, journals and oral histories.

Primary sources are the very documents that history is made of, the images that science is based on, the raw material of our lives. They are also excellent tools to teach the critical thinking skills required by the Common Core State Standards. This book reveals in detail the strategies you can use to make primary sources come alive for your students, using fascinating photographs and powerful primary source texts.


Foreword by Sam Wineburg
Read the foreword to the book, written by eminent scholar in the field of history education Sam Wineburg.
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Support Material
The book containsimages and text from many sources. We've included a number of photographs from our own collection. We've posted high-resolution versions of those images here as part of our printable posters collection.