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Uncovering Our History: Teaching with Primary Sources

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Using primary sources to teach history, which goes beyond rote memorization of dates and facts, has been incorporated into the educational standards of nearly every state. For overburdened K-12 teachers, librarians, and media specialists, complying with those standards is easier said than done. In this useful handbook, Susan Veccia offers readers practical ways to incorporate these standards into their curriculum, using the resources of the Library of Congress's American Memory website. This national treasure and...
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Overview

Using primary sources to teach history, which goes beyond rote memorization of dates and facts, has been incorporated into the educational standards of nearly every state. For overburdened K-12 teachers, librarians, and media specialists, complying with those standards is easier said than done. In this useful handbook, Susan Veccia offers readers practical ways to incorporate these standards into their curriculum, using the resources of the Library of Congress's American Memory website. This national treasure and resource for bringing history alive is home to more than one hundred digitized collections of primary sources -- more than 7.5 million documents! While the wealth of information on this site is freely available, its magnitude can seem overwhelming. This hands-on guide helps educators and librarians navigate the information and learn when, where, and how to incorporate these online primary documents into the curriculum. Experience shows that immersion in the stories of our nation using primary documents illuminates the past and builds genuine interest in a way that textbooks cannot. Veccia and her contributors help classroom teachers and librarians grasp the tools and methods to use this refreshing and effective approach to teaching history.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780838908624
  • Publisher: ALA Editions
  • Publication date: 7/9/2008
  • Pages: 156
  • Sales rank: 1,007,302
  • Product dimensions: 8.25 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.33 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Ch. 1 Primary Sources: Magical Moments of Insight 1
Ch. 2 The American Memory Website from the Library of Congress 14
Ch. 3 Finding Materials Online 39
Ch. 4 Strategies for Teaching History 57
Ch. 5 It's Elementary! 73
Ch. 6 History Told Firsthand in Middle School 88
Ch. 7 Focus on the Questions in High School 101
Ch. 8 Professional Development: The Road Ahead 113
Ch. 9 Going to the Source 130
Image Credits 135
Index 139
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