ELA: Primary Sources

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Getting lost on the Internet endlessly searching for Primary Sources? Give the Library of Congress a try!

lincoln_printPrimary 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.”

The Library of Congress also provides a Teacher’s Guide for introducing Primary Sources into the classroom. — Using Primary Sources

Current Primary Source Collections on the Library of Congress website include:

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