Primary Sources, 2nd Edition: California Complete Kit

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  • Grade: 3-8
  • Interest Level: 3-8
  • Item: 28644
  • ISBN: 9781425833244
  • Language: English

Expand the study of history beyond the textbook and explore California's history with Primary Sources: California. This kit is filled with intriguing primary source documents and authentic artifacts from California's rich past that breathe life into the pages of history. Students will use their critical thinking skills to analyze historical events as they study original documents including letters, maps, pamphlets, advertisements, political cartoons, newspaper articles, and photographs. Primary sources provide opportunities for students to compare and contrast information, learn to identify biases, determine the validity and reliability of sources, and look at current issues with a historical lens.

This easy-to-use classroom resource provides teachers with streamlined lesson plans that offer tips and strategies for easy implementation. It includes eight Primary Sources cards with document-based assessments and activities that challenge students to delve deeper into the history surrounding each primary source document. It also includes eight Photograph Cards that include a variety of leveled questions, history activities, writing activities, and a history challenge. This comprehensive social studies lessons kit is aligned to the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), the new California State History Social Science Framework, and other state and national standards.

Primary Sources: California Complete Kit includes:

  • 8 Primary Sources
  • 8 Photograph Cards
  • Teacher's Guide including lesson plans for each of the Photograph Cards and Primary Sources, student activities, standards and objectives, extension and challenge activities, and document-based assessments
  • Digital resources including student reproducibles, student glossary, additional primary sources in PDF and JPEG formats, and more

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Series highlights include

  • 8 Photo Cards
  • 8 Primary Sources
  • Teacher's Guide with easy-to-use lessons and document-based assessments
  • Digital Resources

8 Photo Cards

Make social studies content accessible to students with the photo cards in each Primary Sources kit. Each photo card has four general areas on the back for teacher and student use. The top of the card has a brief Historical Background Information section. Along the left side of the card is the Analyzing History section. This includes questions and activities designed to make students analyze what they see and learn. In the Historical Writing section, students are given two writing assignments, one fiction and one nonfiction. Finally, the History Challenge section offers fun extension ideas for the students.

Teacher's Guide

Give teachers the tools to breathe life into history. The Teacher's Guide provides extensive details about each component in the kit. Lesson plans are organized with objectives, materials, discussion questions, suggestions for using the primary sources, and extension ideas. Historical background pages are provided to give teachers and students information about each of the primary sources being studied.

8 Primary Sources

Primary sources breathe life into history and capture students' curiosity about past events. Provide students with a deeper and more comprehensive view of historical events through maps, letters, photographs, political cartoons, and more!

Students will participate in the constructive process of history by studying primary source documents. Viewing historic photographs, handling facsimiles of famous documents, and reading the comments and opinions of those in the past prepare students for document-based assessments.

Primary sources provide opportunities for students to compare and contrast information, learn to identify biases, determine the validity and reliability of sources, and look at current issues through a historical lens.

Digital Resources

  • Digital copies of all photographs and primary sources in PDF and JPEG formats
  • Bonus photographs and primary sources to support and enrich the lessons
  • Student reproducibles
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