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  • Guide students toward independent reading while exploring core concepts with the included Interactiv-eBooks.
  • Benefit student learning in a variety of instructional settings, support English language acquisition, and extend content and literacy learning.
  • Includes text-to-audio highlighting, professional audio recordings, interactive activities and response to literature prompts, whiteboard tools, and writing activities for multi-modal instruction and assessment.

Audio Recordings

  • Professional audio recordings for each book serve as a model of fluent reading and support English language learners.


Digital Primary Sources

  • Additional digital Primary Sources support the text and encourage inquiry-based learning environments.
  • Prepare students for state and national tests that use document-based assessments.
  • Provides teacher with background information and activity on the primary source to engage students in the content.

Teacher's Guide

  • Primary Source Readers offers multiple opportunities to foster curiosity, study relationships, and reflect on new learning.
  •  Includes standards-based lessons to serve as bridge between reading and writing and content-area material to enhance cross-curricular learning opportunities.
  • Focused lessons on one nonfiction reading skill and one writing skill. Provides lesson plans for each book, activity sheets, multiple-choice quizzes, and document-based assessments for easy teacher implementation.


  • Each leveled reader motivates students to want to read with high-interest content and engaging illustrations and photographs.The authentic reading experiences help students develop vocabulary, comprehension, and fluency skills.
  • 16-18 titles, 6 copies each, 24-32 pages per book, all designed around primary sources that tell about the subject.
  • Build conceptual social studies knowledge with leveled informational texts.
  • Books are designed around primary sources to offer key information and support the subject.

Student Engagement

  • Engages students and extends the reading experience beyond ELA class.
  • Helps students develop skills, knowledge, and analytical abilities as they ask questions, think critically, make inferences, and develop reasoned explanations.
  •  Fosters a deeper understanding of events of the past to learn from as they plan and prepare for a better tomorrow.
  •  Builds literacy and social studies content knowledge with high-interest, appropriately-leveled nonfiction books.

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Primary Source Readers Sample Pages

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Why Civics? Why Now? Re-Imagining Civic Education for the Next Generation

A healthy constitutional democracy requires a citizenry that has the knowledge, skills, and desire to participate in it. To motivate the next generation of students to gain civic knowledge, practice civic skills, and develop a civic mindset, they need the right tools. Guide students to become civic-minded members of society by providing more instructional time for civics coupled with deeper integration of civics content in literacy instruction.

TCM and iCivics have partnered to produce relevant, engaging, and classroom-ready resources designed for that very purpose. Come learn about these brand-new kits -- iCivics Readers -- that empower students to hone both their literacy and their civic literacy at the same time!

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Inquiry-Based Active Learning Strategies for Social Studies

Inquiry-Based learning gives students agency over their learning and develops student-generated questioning skills. When educators apply active-learning techniques in social studies, students aren’t just students, they’re historians and researchers.

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Bringing History to Life: Using Primary Sources in the Classroom

In this professional learning opportunity, teachers will experience engaging strategies to discover ways to use primary sources to bring history to life for all students.

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Building Knowledge and Vocabulary: Reading Complex Text Across the Content Areas

Students need to access rich, challenging text to develop knowledge, build vocabulary, and improve comprehension across the content areas.

As students tackle difficult text, a wide breadth of effective strategies are needed to uncover meaning and build students’ skillset.

In this workshop, educators will:

  • Discover nuances within text that make it difficult
  • Uncover student-centered ways to support knowledge and vocabulary development
  • Encounter and practice strategies to empower students to conquer challenging text
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Best Practices Webinar

Get the Picture: Visual Literacy in Content-Area Instruction

Literacy learning is no longer limited to reading, writing, listening, and speaking; we must include visual communication and expand our definition of what it means to be literate.

This professional development workshop will provide teachers with new and engaging strategies to help students learn how to analyze and create through visual communication.

Based on practical research, this workshop offers concrete tools and techniques and a wide range of suggested visual texts to effectively use in the classroom from primary sources, to digital media and the visual-heavy world of 21st century learning.

Attendees will:

  • Examine ways to incorporate visual texts into instruction, including what visual literacy lessons look like in the primary grades
  • Practice instructional strategies and develop sample lessons for teaching students to read visual texts for understanding
  • Practice and discover instructional strategies for guiding students to visually illustrate understanding, specifically targeting support for improving reading and writing
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On-Site Coaching

Best Practices Webinar


  Engages students with learning social studies beyond reading the text then answering questions.  

  The fifth grade teachers use Primary Source Readers and Leveled Texts to teach history from 1620 through 1877. The leveled, rich literature has enabled all students to have a greater appreciation and understanding of the events of the past. The aforementioned materials have facilitated the frequent differentiation of lessons and use of complex text to teach the common core standards through social studies.  

  The Primary Source Readers protocols & strategies can be linked into cross curricular activities. The implementation continues to build upon student engagement & high order thinking skills.  

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