Using Primary Sources
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Using Primary Resources in the Social Studies Classroom


Primary Sources
(all websites unless noted)
Minnesota History Society Visual Resources Database *Make sure to click on "Show only those with digital images"
National Archives ARC Search
National Archives Digital Classroom
Library of Congress
Library of Congress Learning Page
Ease History at Michigan State University
LIFE Magazine Covers
Early Motion Pictures in American History
The Prelinger Archives
*Duck and Cover and more!


Helping your students "read" a photograph: Use a photograph to "uncover" the history of the time.

1) What do you see? Start with the literal - list only tangible things, not ideas, feelings or conclusions (You can see a smile, but you can't see happiness).

2) Make some supported inferences from the photo ("I think __________ because I see ________").

3) Do some analysis and make some predictions. If you were in the photo what would you be feeling, thinking, hoping and wondering? If you asked a person in the photo a question, what would they answer? Support your analysis with photographic evidence and background knowledge.

4) What does the photo tell you about this time and place and these people? How does it help you to "uncover" the history of the time?


Try it now!
(all websites)
Minnesota Logging · 1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · 5 · 6 · 7 · 8 · 9 · 10 · 11
Hinkley Fire
· 1 · 2
Minnesota Fishing
· 1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · 5 · 6 · 7
Minnesota Hunting
· 1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · 5 · 6 · 7
Articles about "Market Hunting"
· 1 · 2
Minnesota Classrooms
· 1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · 5 · 6 · 7 · 8
Government Indian Schools 
· 1 · 2 · 3 · 4
Purpose of Indian Schools
Student Record
Background
Lewis Hine Photos of Child Labor