Primary Sources for World and American History

Primary source materials are essential to helping students understand history and encourage analytical thinking. They allow us to expose students to different perspectives and allow students to draw their own conclusions about important historical events.

Finding good primary sources that students can understand is the tough part. Often primary sources are at a reading level that students struggle with or are too long to be digested in a class period or for a single homework assignment.

Over the past few years, I dedicated myself to curating and editing engaging primary source resources for both my World and US History classes. I researched and found ones that cover important topics and can be understood by students.

Sometimes I would edit them for length so that we can focus on the key points of that primary source as opposed to getting bogged down in pages and pages of reading. They allow students to exercise their analytical abilities while remaining engaged in the material.

I include questions or activities with each primary source to help guide student understanding.

Here is a list of some of the fantastic primary source activities I have available for download:

Primary Sources for World History

Primary Sources for US History

All of the above resources are engaging, rigorous, and based on state standards. As you can see on the links, each is visually engaging and focused so that students can

If you think that you want to use a lot of the resources above, it might benefit you to join Students of History! When you join, you get immediate access to ALL of the above resources for immediate download.

There are also tons of secondary source articles, projects, interactive notebooks, PowerPoints, engaging class activities, and more. You can join the US History or World History site and have lesson plans for every single day of the school year at your finger tips.

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