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:
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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"This was a truly exceptional activity. My students really get into this lesson, and we had a lively debate and discussion about the trials and the accused. Thank you for making this valuable and practical resource available! I will use this in the future I am sure."
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Fabulous! Engaging and fun, but also very informative. I like the fact that my 8th graders will get to cut and paste with this activity...they don't often get to do that sort of thing, but I still think it's fun to do. Thanks for a creative, imaginative lesson!!
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Wonderful resource full of so many engaging, higher order thinking activities. Well organized handouts / activity sheets. Nice work!
Very organized! I was very very very hesitant about spending so much money on a single source. So glad I did! Text selections are good quality. Most are appropriate for older grades if you want students to work on their own and be challenged. For my 8th graders we will be walking through most of the text selections together. PowerPoints are very well done. Their is usually an AP type of presentation along with a "regular" ed PowerPoint. The regular version is not watered down just simplified with not as much detail. The ONLY thing I would add is a note taking guide for the PowerPoints. This is something I can do myself, however I just assumed they would be present in the bundle. Overall a fantastic product! If I ever change subjects I won't hesitate to come buy a new bundle!
My first time teaching World History is going to be sooo much less stressful. The students will love the lessons. The resources are amazing. Thanks.
So many of these are going to be just perfect for me. I know exactly what lesson they need to follow. Really appreciate the time and energy you put into making these. I've tried to make quite a few on my own and its time consuming. Your work is appreciated and worth the money! Thanks a lot. Great product.
This was an outstanding purchase! I needed a fun break and this activity really fit the bill. Super easy to set up and explain, it gets students actively involved and benefits multiple different learning styles. The most important thing is that the kids LOVE it!!
"This was an outstanding purchase! I needed a fun break and this activity really fit the bill. Super easy to set up and explain, it gets students actively involved and benefits multiple different learning styles. The most important thing is that the kids LOVE it!!"
"I absolutely loved this and so did the kids. I now have three students completely obsessed with Alexander Hamilton and especially the musical!"
This is arguably the best station activity I've done yet. Students enjoyed doing different activities at each station and not knowing what they were going to have to do next. Very engaging.
I am so happy that I purchased this! I'm a special ed teacher and have co-taught US and World History for many years, but last February I was assigned to teach a small group of middle school students in a separate class and feel like I just, "got through". Using this resource, I have put together a solid plan for the first quarter that will give my kids lots of hands on experiences and, I can use some of the resources to support my juniors who need to pass the US History Regents exam to graduate. Thanks so much Luke....great work that I am happy to support! I'll be back for the World History bundle in a couple of years!
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