Bring history to life by integrating authentic primary sources that stand out against the normal backdrop of textbooks. This series features fact-checked, historically accurate primary sources that provide students with a comprehensive understanding of historical events while saving teachers' valuable prep time. Exploring Primary Sources: Exploration Kit engages students in understanding early America and the period of exploration by examining the lives of significant people and events from that time.
With a focus on inquiry-based learning and increased rigor, this kit prompts students to naturally begin to use critical thinking to delve deeply into analyzing historical events while considering multiple points of view. The well-organized lessons are easy to implement while meeting standards such as the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), WIDA/TESOL, McREL, and the C3 Framework.
Teacher's guide - Includes a lesson plan for each Primary Source Reproduction and Primary Source Card, document-based assessments, extension activities, and standards correlations
Digital resources - Include digital copies of all Primary Source Reproductions and Primary Source Cards, student reproducibles, and more than 50 additional digital primary sources
Primary Source Cards
Provide historical context and detailed, historical background information for teachers and students
Focus on inquiry and analysis
Include questions and activities designed to help students analyze what they see and learn
Extend the learning experience through focused writing activities
Primary Source Reproductions
Provide a deeper and more comprehensive view of historical events
Give students an opportunity to participate in the constructive process of history
Facilitate opportunities to study multiple perspectives, determine validity of sources, look at current issues through a historical lens, and compare and contrast information
The Teacher's Guide supports teacher capacity and provides extensive details about each component in the kit.
Includes a lesson plan for each Primary Source Card and Primary Source Reproduction
Features historical background pages with additional information about each primary source being studied
Includes correlations to standards, document-based assessments, and extension activities
More than 50 additional digital primary sources promote further exploration and independent discovery. Digital resources include digital copies of all primary source reproductions and primary source cards, as well as student reproducibles.