Chapter 5: Using Historians' Heuristics for Working with Primary Sources

Links to World Wide Web resources     

American/United States History

  • Primary sources on a variety of U.S. History Eras organized by time period

          http://teachingamericanhistory.org/library/


  • Lesson plans and document-based lessons produced by Polk County Public Schools
          http://www.polk-fl.net/staff/teachers/tah/tpahlessons.htm


  • National Humanities Center primary source resources organized by teaching theme with primary source sets, lesson ideas, essential questions, etc.
          http://americainclass.org/primary-sources/


  • A "Treasury of Primary Source Documents" pertaining to early American history.
          http://www.constitution.org/primarysources/primarysources.html    


  • Civil War Documents from Augusta County, VA and Franklin County, PA from the time of John Brown's Raid through the Reconstruction Era
          http://valley.lib.virginia.edu/VoS/choosepart.html


  • Collection of U.S. historical documents
          http://www.law.ou.edu/hist/


  • Currently offline temporarily but contains diaries from the Oregon Trail as well as pictures and interviews from historians about certain aspects of the Oregon Trail
          http://www.america101.us/trail/archive.html


  • Historical newspapers in the US from the Library of Congress
          http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/


  • Documents from many American presidents (memos, fireside chats from FDR, etc.) as well as election data since the first election
          http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/


  • Provided through the National Archives, includes images and audio as well as traditional primary sources organized by period in the US
          http://docsteach.org/documents


  • Primary source resources for U.S. History
          http://avalon.law.yale.edu/subject_menus/major.asp

    
  • Library of Congress, "Teaching with Primary Sources" resources and links
          http://www.loc.gov/teachers/tps/


  • Collection of documents related to the Civil Rights Movement
          http://www.whatsoproudlywehail.org/curriculum/the-american-calendar/celebrating-martin-luther-king-jr


  • Collection of primary source document excerpts, textbook excerpts on an array of U.S. History topics

          http://www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/ 


World History
  • A rich collection of ancient world history primary sources
          http://www.fordham.edu/Halsall/ancient/asbook.asp    


  • A rich collection of medieval world history primary sources
          http://www.fordham.edu/Halsall/sbook.asp


  • A rich collection of modern world history primary sources
          http://www.fordham.edu/Halsall/mod/modsbook.asp


  • A collection of primary sources from ancient world history to World War
          http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/


Downloadable instructional materials

  • Graphic organizer for supporting students' strategic use of primary sources
          Figure 5.1.docx