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Analyzing Images
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Images can be a useful component in any subject.  This lesson will guide students through an analysis of an image.  Students will use critical thinksing skills to interpret an image. Students will then generate a hypothesis about the source and construct questions for further investigation. 

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Art History
English Language Arts
History
Material Type:
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Primary Source
Author:
Lynn Ann Wiscount
Vince Mariner
Erin Halovanic
Date Added:
07/07/2020
Drawing of a Raft 02/14/1818
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On February 14, 1818, David Gordon received a patent for his raft design. When a patent is granted, it excludes others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling the invention. This drawing accompanied Gordon’s application.

Subject:
U.S. History
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Primary Source
Provider:
National Archives and Records Administration
Provider Set:
DocsTeach
Date Added:
02/14/1818
The Gettysburg Address by Abraham Lincoln
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This unit has been developed to guide students and instructors in a close reading of Lincoln’s “Gettysburg Address.” The activities and actions described below follow a carefully developed set of steps that assist students in increasing their familiarity and understanding of Lincoln’s speech through a series of text dependent tasks and questions that ultimately develop college and career ready skills identified in the Common Core State Standards.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Lecture
Lesson Plan
Reading
Provider:
Student Achievement Partners
Date Added:
10/15/2014
How Effective Were the Efforts of the Freedmen’s Bureau?
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This lesson leads students through analyzing primary source documents from the Civil War to determine if the Freedman's Bureaus was effective in assisting formerly enslaved persons.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
National Archives and Records Administration
Provider Set:
DocsTeach
Date Added:
07/12/2014
How To Do Research Primary Source Unit
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This How To Do Research Unit Guide provides a lesson-to-lesson foundation for teaching:● What primary sources are● Real vs. fake information (evaluating sources)● Document analysis● Different ways to obtain information● How to formulate research questions● How to find answers to research questions● The hows and whys of citations (annotated bibliography)By the time students get to high school, they should have a basic understanding of how to effectively do research. Considering that there are so many steps involved in the research process, the earlier these necessary skills are taught, the more time students will be able to devote to theiractual projects. Moreover, in today’s world, information literacy needs to be achieved at an earlier age, so students can learn to be smart consumers, responsible sharers, and presenters of information. Throughout the research process, students will learn that there will be dead ends, questions that are too broad or too narrow, questions that do not have answers. This is an accurate reflection of what their experiences will continue to be as they move into higher level research projects in their educational careers. 

Subject:
Information Science
Arts and Humanities
Education
Elementary Education
English Language Arts
History
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Full Course
Homework/Assignment
Primary Source
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Unit of Study
Author:
The Rockefeller Archive Center
Date Added:
12/05/2019
“Let my people in”: Unwritten Covenants and Housing Segregation in the 1950s
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This is a History lesson plan on housing segregation and restrictive covenants in the United States during the 1950s. It is suitable for grades 9 and up. The focus of this lesson is a primary source from Alan Paton available from History Matters. There are also Algebra and English lessons connected to this lesson as noted in this plan.

Subject:
Social Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Jah-Yee Woo
Sarah Ahmed
Johanna Langill
Date Added:
01/28/2016
Lincoln's Last Warning
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This Political Cartoon, published in Harper's Weekly in October 1862, shortly after the Battle of Antietam, summarizes the idea behind the Emancipation Proclamation. In it an axe-wielding President Lincoln threatens to cut down the tree a Confederate Soldier is using as refuge. Labeled "Slavery," the tree/soldier relationship in the cartoon is meant to convey the idea that slavery in the south was supporting the Confederate war effort - note also the poor state the Southern soldier appears to be in, shoeless and ragged (one Maryland resident who observed the invading Confederate army described them as "scarecrows"). Lincoln sought to frame the Emancipation of slaves as a "fit and necessary war measure for suppressing [the] rebellion," arguing that ending slavery in the south would deprive the Confederate army of the Home Front labor support slaves provided, thus ending the war quicker. The comic is specifically about the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation (issued at the end of Sept, 1862), which was a warning to the South that if they did not cease their rebellion before January 1, 1863, he would pass the formal Emancipation Proclamation - hence the title "Lincoln's Last Warning."

Subject:
U.S. History
Material Type:
Primary Source
Author:
Harper's Weekly
Date Added:
03/16/2018
Media Literacy: Voter Education
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This series of videos is part of the RAC’s educational programming. These videos include audiovisual primary sources, and are designed to be part of a media literacy curriculum.The clips of audiovisual documents serve as primary sources that can be viewed, analyzed, and discussed in a classroom setting to help students build media literacy skills.

Subject:
Information Science
Elementary Education
English Language Arts
Speaking and Listening
History
Women's Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Homework/Assignment
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Module
Primary Source
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
The Rockefeller Archive Center
Date Added:
12/16/2019
Pastoral versus Industrial Timeline
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Primary source image analysis with pastoral and industrial images in which students place images in chronological order to create timeline

Subject:
U.S. History
Material Type:
Lecture Notes
Author:
Cynthia Szwajkowski
Date Added:
05/19/2017
Pastoral versus Industrial Timeline
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Primary source image analysis with pastoral and industrial images in which students place images in chronological order to create timeline

Subject:
U.S. History
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Date Added:
03/18/2017
Primarily Washington: Washington's Gateway to Pacific Northwest Primary Source Materials for Teachers and Students
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Primarily Washington is the Washington State Library, Washington State Archives, and Legacy Washington's way of bridging the gap between the primary sources in our collections and the classroom. The State Library's goals include actions to promote education and life-long learning, as well as connect Washingtonians to their history. This portal will contribute to these efforts by containing content that will consist of digitized primary sources that have been partnered with curriculm developed by Washington State teachers. There are also featured exhibits for further study by students and all others wishing to learn more about the history of the Pacific Northwest.

Note: These primary sources include materials that reflect the attitudes, perspectives, and beliefs of different times. These materials are presented as part of the historical record. Inclusion of these materials does not mean endorsement of or agreement with any views expressed. But they provide opportunities for examining multiple perspectives, generating discussions and comparing and contrasting points of view over time.

Subject:
U.S. History
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Primary Source
Author:
Washington State Archives
Washington State Library
Date Added:
06/19/2018
Primary Source Analysis - Human Timeline
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An activity to engage teachers in viewing primary sources with LOC Primary Source Analysis Tool and implementing the Human Timeline activity to organize images chronologically.

Subject:
U.S. History
Material Type:
Lecture Notes
Author:
Cynthia Szwajkowski
Date Added:
05/31/2017
Proceedings of the Rhode-Island Anti-Slavery Convention, held in Providence, on the 2d, 3d and 4th of February, 1836
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Pursuant to a call signed by eight hundred and fifty citizens of Rhode Island, a large number of gentlemen, friendly to the immediate abolition of slavery, assembled in the High Street Congregational Meeting House in Providence on Tuesday, February 2, 1836.

Subject:
U.S. History
Material Type:
Primary Source
Provider:
Library of Congress
Provider Set:
Internet Archive, Library of Congress Collection
Date Added:
02/02/1836