Getting lost on the Internet endlessly searching for Primary Sources? Give the Library of Congress a try!
Primary sources from the Library of Congress, and other sites, can be used in the classroom as informational text and provide authentic materials for students to practice complex reading and language skills. Primary sources can include videos, newspapers, original documents, sound recordings, economic data, film, and government documents that provide opportunities for students to hone their inquiry, critical thinking, and analysis skills. Photographs, audio files, and maps are a great way to introduce K-2 students and non-readers to Primary Sources as well.
Not only does the Library of Congress host an entire website devoted to providing K-12 teachers with primary sources and classroom materials, they publish a quarterly online publication, “The Teaching with Primary Sources Journal.”
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