Engaging Students with Primary Sources

Lacey L. Craven, Jeffrey C. Eargle, and Alexandra B. Koch
School District of Newberry County
Second Annual Teaching and Learning Conference
August 11, 2011
Newberry, South Carolina

"As you enter a classroom ask yourself this question: 'If there were no students in the room, could I do what I am planning to do?' If the answer is to the question is yes, don't do it."
-- General Ruben Cubero, Dean of The Falulty, United States Air Force Academy


Using primary sources and nonfiction in the social studies classroom prompts students to truly act as historians by generating their own historical understanding and narratives, while improving literacy skills. In this session, participants will discover new strategies for including primary sources and nonfiction in the classroom, analyze student work, and receive access to materials for use in the classroom.


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