4/18/2013 Using Primary Source Documents and LDC

Viewed by: Cathi Fuhrman and Vicki Marrolli


Webinar Handouts:


Purpose: To use Primary Sources to increase the rigor for LDC Tasks and to navigate Library of Congress Website.


Points to Consider:
  • Trying to have students learn from their readings – Have students more engaged in lessons.
  • Using Primary Sources to support rigor in the classroom.
    • Engaging students
    • Help students develop critical thinking skills
    • Students construct deeper understanding of the topic
  • Primary Sources help students develop a deeper understanding of history. Students become curious when they analyze Primary Documents. This fosters an active response with reading. This helps students make inferences about their topic under study. Also helps students understand bias of author. Enables students to create conclusions. It also helps students create a context of time based on the document.
  • An example: - Lewis & Clark Expedition. Begin with textbook. We start with a timeline in book. There is a peace medal featured in a text box. Look up Peace Medal (Primary Source image). Learn dates from the image as well as looking at the handshake on the medal. Make an inference from cuffs on jacket as to whom we are talking about. We still don’t know enough-search for a Primary Source Document. After reading document, we have a deep meaning of Jefferson’s message. Provide scaffolds for document if students are not familiar with language of document.
  • Library of Congress Professional Development tools are available-see your librarian for help. Web address: www.loc.gov
  • Search by type of source, photos, documents, collection highlights, historic newspapers, videos, and oral histories from veterans, sound recordings, film clips, and manuscripts
  • Remember that some of these items are still protected by copyright-see librarian for help.
  • Teacher Links:
  • This is teacher’s resource page at LOC. There are many options for you to use. Primary Source Analysis Tool – can put on whiteboard or provide copies. This helps students analyze a deeper meaning of document. Good questions here for student thinking.
  • There is a way to search by Common Core Standards – Go to Teacher Page, highlight bubble that says Common Core, choose PA
  • Additional Resources from today:
    • Read.gov

Summation: We felt there was some good information offered in this webinar, although we were both familiar with a large portion of it already. We think we could take some of what was offered and roll it into one Hempfield training module we could offer on providing Resources in general to increase the rigor of informational text for LDC tasks. We would include some of what was in the today’s webinar along with resources from our online databases at each level along with creating spaces for access points.



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