Creating Interactive Primary Source Activities

In social studies, it is extremely important to utilize primary sources in the classroom.  Although they can often be difficult to understand, primary sources are great resources that encourage inquiry, higher order thinking skills, and critical reading skills.  Using primary sources in the classroom can also help students to establish relevancy with the curriculum, and empathy with those who experienced past historical events.  Below is an article I discovered that discusses the interactive features of the U.S. National Archives Website.  It features an Interactive Digital Vault and an Interactive Learning Center for Primary Sources that you can both use in your classes.  With the digital vault portion, students can create interactive posters and videos.  With the interactive learning center, you can create interactive lesson for your students to use while learning through primary sources.  I’m excited to use these resources in my classroom! Check them out!

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